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'I am loving my new role' - Fleck

28 August 2013

During the 2013/14 League One season, John Fleck has been one of the 'quiet' success stories for Steven Pressley's side...

During the 2013/14 League One season, whilst the Sky Blues have scored 17 goals up front and conceded 14 goals at the back, there has been a success story developing in the City midfield. 

The midfield duo of City Academy graduate Conor Thomas and former Rangers player John Fleck have combined to form a formidable partnership which has played the 'silent role' in Coventry's early-season success. 

They have both started all five matches so far with Fleck completing every game so far, turning in some impressive performances, claiming one assist.

The 22-year old has admitted he is loving his new role in manager Steven Pressley's new-look Coventry side. 

Fleck said: "I think our pressing game is having such a huge impact and the work we are doing without the ball is crucial in creating so many chances.

"The central midfield role is great because it means I can get on the ball as much as possible and actually influence the game. 

"My passing has been pretty good this season and this is something I like to work on in training. I need to be the one making the through balls for Callum (Wilson) and Leon (Clarke) who have done brilliantly so far this season.

"When I came to the club, it seemed fans and the club saw me as a wide player but passing has always been something I am good at, so it makes me a good option in the middle."

Conor Thomas struggled with injury last season but has had the benefit of a full pre-season, including taking a trip to Los Angeles, USA to undergo intense fitness training.

Fleck also came back to Ryton training ground early from the off-season in an effort to improve his fitness and he believes the duo's hard work has benefited Pressley's side.

He added: "I think the two of us combined is working quite well. We have both put a lot of work in during pre-season and have done well to understand each others game quite quickly.

"I think we both mix up the roles of industry and the passing. Conor (Thomas) is a very good passer of the ball but he can also get around the park quite well due to his fitness.

"That is really good to play next to as you need a successful partnership in midfield to form a good side. It would be a great boost to the side if we can get all the 10 points back by winning at Shrewsbury. 

"Our aim was always to get as many points as possible, as quickly as possible, but to get back on zero points before the end of August would be a great achievement."

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