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'Injuries have cost us' - Baker

18 April 2013

Carl Baker also thanked the fans for sticking with the players throughout the season...

Coventry City captain Carl Baker believes injuries to key players have cost the Sky Blues this season, but says it is no excuse to lose matches. 

Over the second half of the season, Stephen Elliott, Leon Clarke, Richard Wood, Blair Adams and Adam Barton have all suffered injuries which have ruled them out of first team action.

Richard Wood has now returned to the side but Stephen Elliott and Leon Clarke are set to be out for the rest of the season, reducing City's forward options.

The 30-year old, who has made 53 appearances this season, believes injuries have hurt the side this season but won't take it as any excuse.

Baker said: "It has hurt the team throughout the season. The back-four have been changed around several times and our options up front have also taken a hit.

"I think since Blair (Adams) has come in, he has had a really positive impact and it was good to see him get 45 minutes at the training ground this week.

"When (Richard) Wood was out, we really missed him in the side and since he has come back, I think it has shown. Leon (Clarke) and Stephen (Elliott) are also out so it has been difficult for the side to work around the problems.

"It isn't any excuse though as every club has injuries. We have got a really big squad and the players who come in need to perform to the levels we expect."  

With the final home game of the season on Saturday, Baker took the opportunity to thank the fans for backing the players this season and hopes the side can provide another 'moment' for the home support.

He added: "We feel like we do owe the fans of course because it is the last home game of the season and you want to end it on a high.

"But I feel like the fans have stuck with the players throughout. They have always got behind them and we have shared plenty of moments this season, and I hope we can give them another to celebrate.

"In the Johnstone Paint Trophy at home against Preston and all the away wins, the fans have had a lot to cheer about this season.

"It is a real shame the way the season has fizzled out after the points deduction but hopefully the home support can get behind us for the last time this season."

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