City striker says Sky Blues believe they are a match for anyone in their current form
On September 18th, 2012, Coventry City lost 4-1 at the Greenhous Meadow against Shrewsbury Town to leave the Sky Blues joint bottom of the table and without a win in League One.
Fast forward three months and under the guidance of manager Mark Robins, City have amassed 34 points in 18 league matches and currently sit just outside the play-off places in 9th position.
With the Shrews next up for the Sky Blues at the Ricoh Arena on New Year’s Day, many of the City faithful will be hoping the match will kick-start a positive 2013 for the club.
Gary McSheffrey was part of the side who lost against Graham Turner’s outfit in September and he believes that was the side’s ‘lowest point’ of the season.
The 30-year old said: “With Shrewsbury up next, we feel as a team and as a club we need to rectify what happened that night. We were shocking, we need to put that right and get our payback.
“A lot of teams in the past have gone through that and I think sometimes it takes to get to your lowest point, to rebuild and to bring back the good times.
“To win against sides like Doncaster, Stevenage and MK Dons of course, shows just how far we have come. We look a different side to the one which played that day but we can only take every game as it comes and it is important we don’t get ahead of ourselves.
“It will be a tough game as they showed they are a good side on their day in September but the players know that has to be put right.”
Through his own admission, McSheffrey endured a difficult start to the season with injuries ruining his chances of a consistent run in the side.
However, since regaining full fitness and form, he started his 10th consecutive match against MK Dons, grabbing an assist for City’s second goal.
As the City forward looks ahead to 2013, McSheffrey hopes the club can put a disappointing 2012 behind them and bring ‘deserved’ success to the Sky Blues.
He added: “We have got a momentum going now and there is plenty of confidence in the squad. We just have to keep it going and continue to believe we can beat anyone.
“It is all about taking it one game at a time, looking at the smaller picture and that will shape the bigger picture.
“We believe we can beat anyone at the moment and we are looking forward to every game.
“We just hope this season can be a success for the club and the fans because everyone here deserves it and at the minute, it is going in the right direction.”