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Thorn wants to make Fortress Ricoh

23 August 2012

City boss wants to use Bury clash as an opportunity to get a first win on the board

Coventry City boss Andy Thorn wants to use Saturday's home league clash with Bury as an opportunity to turn the Ricoh Arena into a fortress.

The Sky Blues have kicked off their 2012/13 league and cup campaigns going unbeaten in their opening three games which included a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday night.

The Shakers are next to the Ricoh on Saturday and Thorn said he felt the time was right for City to start getting some victories under their belt and build confidence within his players.


"We're looking forward to Saturday because we need to go on and get some wins under our belt. We've had a solid start and now we need to get victories," he said.

"Bury will come to the Ricoh and be up for it and they knocked us out of the cup last season so I think we owe them one a bit. They've lost their captain who got sent off in the week and that will be a blow for them but they are a hard outfit to beat.

"They play two banks of four and are difficult to break down so we need to be patient but we are without doubt getting better as a team, I think we saw that on Tuesday against Sheffield United and we'll get even better than that because there's a long way to go.

"You never stop learning what you are capable of and that's why we cam e back to pre-season as early as we did. I always had a good idea but you learn even more as the season progresses and that's coming together for us."

Thorn also took a moment to reflect on the midweek performances of Cody McDonald and Stephen Elliott who combined to give Elliott his first goal for City against the Blades.



"Cody and Stephen are a different kind of threat to what we've had in the past because you could see their pace allowed us to get behind the back four and the fans could see that.

"To see them chasing down defenders and winning throw ins and things like that is good to see as well because that kind of work ethic gives everyone a bit of a lift."

The City boss cappped off his pre-match interview with an update on full-back Jordan Clarke and midfielder John Fleck who both missed Tuesday night's draw through injury.


"We're still waiting on Clarky and we're not sure on Flecky at the moment. Flecky keeps telling me he's alright even though he's not and we don't want him coming back too early only to break down again.

"Hamstrings can be a funny thing and it's a long old season so it's important we're patient and bring him back when he's right."


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