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Shaw determined to beat obstacles

20 July 2012

City assistant boss talks about his hopes for the upcoming 2012/13 League One campaign...

Sky Blues assistant boss Richard Shaw says he is looking onwards and upwards for the club's fortunes as they start to wind down their pre-season tour of Scotland.

City have won and lost their first two games of their tour north of the border with one more game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle to come tomorrow and Shaw said both himself and manager Andy Thorn had been delighted with what they had seen at their Aviemore base.

The Sky Blues beat Highland League side Brora Rangers 5-0 on Tuesday before suffering a late 1-0 defeat to SPL outfit Ross County the following night but Shaw said he was looking at other aspects rather than results to see how the squad is shaping up ahead of the 2012/13 campaign in League One.

"In terms of possession, chances created, work rate and fitness we were absolutely delighted with the way the lads performed on Tuesday night," Shaw said.

"It's not about results, it's about fitness and getting the lads to where we want them to be and we've been really pleased with what they've shown us.

"When the actual season comes around it's going to be the old cliché of taking it a game at a time but I managed to get out of League One with Millwall so I know what that league is about, I know what's coming and we'll give the lads every bit of information we have in terms of the type of football, the stadiums and the teams and be professional about it.

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"We've got plenty of positives to look at from what I've seen and we'll be looking forward to an exciting season and hopefully getting the crowds back with good football and putting points on the board."

The 43-year-old former defender, who made more than 300 appearances for the Sky Blues in nearly 11 years at the club from 1995, also said he looked forward to overcoming the obstacles that people seemed keen to point out before he arrived at the Ricoh Arena.

"I really am pleased to be back here. I've loved the last two or three weeks and I've enjoyed seeing the players attitude and application which has been fantastic," he added.

"I did the coaching thing at Millwall and now I have come here with a bit of responsibility, Lee Carsley has come with us and we have a good close knit staff. I'm still young enough to be on the winning team in the five-a-sides and I'm excited about what next season will bring.

"People say that we have our work cut out for us but to be honest I would prefer it like that. I would rather come here, work hard and overcome obstacles because I think you get more gratification from that.

"We know there's alot of hard work to be done here, the manager knows that as does everyone that is involved with the club but we will give it 110 per cent to turn around its fortunes. We got relegated last year so as far as I'm concerned it's onwards and upwards."

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