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'Best training session I've seen so far'

12 April 2013

Steven Pressley was delighted to see almost the entire squad in training ahead of Crawley...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley was delighted to see almost the entire squad in training ahead of the trip to Crawley Town.

With the only exceptions being Leon Clarke and Stephen Elliott, Pressley was able to see Blair Adams and Adam Barton back in training this week.

Even though Adams isn't expected to return to first team action against Crawley, almost every other squad member is in contention for a place in the team at the Broadfield Stadium.

Pressley believes having a larger group training adds to the energy and performance levels whilst preparing for a game.

The City boss said: "I think I would be right in saying is that we had almost everyone training today getting ready for the game.

"Of course, we have Leon Clarke and Stephen Elliott in the long-term injury list but everyone else was out there taking part in the session.

"It definitely adds to the atmosphere around the sessions when players come back into the frame. Other players will start looking over their shoulder and they will raise their game so it adds to the quality of the training.

"The sessions we have had this week has been the best training sessions I have seen from the players since I came here. The energy levels are high and there is a real desire to end the season right."

One of the new aspects to training introduced by Pressley is the Crossbar Challenge as every player looks to hit the Crossbar from a range of different distances.

Midfielder Steven Jennings won the challenge this week and Pressley hopes to see the high levels in training until the end of the season.

He added: "I really enjoyed today's session. I feel like we are making positive steps in certain aspects of our play which is always good to see.

"When I came in, I said things wouldn't happen overnight but I think through the last few games, we have seen better passing and pressing on the ball.

"I am hoping the players can continue to keep the spirits high right until the end of the season as that helps in our performances.

"One more thing, we did the Crossbar Challenge at the end and we have got (Steven) Jennings buying the cakes for the squad as he won." 

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