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'Let's see who's hungry for success'

11 April 2013

City boss Steven Pressley says remaining three games are still full of use starting with trip to Crawley

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley says he is intent on squeezing every last drop of use out of this season despite promotion now being mathematically impossible.

The Sky Blues withdrew the appeal against the recent ten-point deduction imposed by the Football League which means City can now neither be promoted nor relegated with three games to go.

Pressley insisted though that there is still plenty to play in terms of players highlighting their hunger and desire for success at the club next season.

The City boss added that he would not shy away from the prospect of blooding some of the club's younger players in Saturday's away trip to Crawley Town as he compiles a detailed assessment of his squad ahead of the preparing for next season.

"In terms of attitude and our desire to win games of football we obviously still want to do that with three games to go but what this last few weeks does give me is an opportunity to assess that squad and for players on the periphery, now is a perfect time to show what they can do," he said.

"A number of players in the development squad have been performing extremely well so it's important we use this period productively because when we come back after the summer we want players hungry for next season and determined to bring success."

Pressley handed 17-year-old full back Ryan Haynes his full first team debut in last Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Brentford and he added he would not shy away from doing the same with other young players as the club prepares for its weekend trip to the Broadfield Stadium.

"We've got a number of young players that we have to assess but I'm a manager that trusts in young players and believes in young players.

"I was delighted for Ryan last weekend. He settled in brilliantly and the supporters were exceptional in the way they supported him.

"They really helped him get through the 90 minutes and I thought he did terrifically well for his debut."

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