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'The manager has improved me' - Thomas

16 August 2013

The City midfielder also believes the City squad have really brought into the manager's style of play...

Coventry City midfielder Conor Thomas believes the City squad has really brought into manager Stevn Pressley's playing style ahead of the Carlisle United match. 

The Sky Blues travel to Carlisle United after recording their first win of the season over Bristol City as Pressley's side edged a thrilling 5-4 contest.

Thomas has started all three games so far this season and is set to start against Carlisle United tomorrow as the Sky Blues travel one of the longest trips of the season to Brunton Park.

City are currently the second-highest scoring side in the division, whilst Carlisle have only managed to score one goal in the first two games in League One, conceding nine.

The Coventry-born midfielder believes confidence is high in the City squad after getting 'a great win' over promotion-contenders Bristol City.

Thomas said: "It has been a great week in training as when you win a game, the squad always gets a huge lift. We were really unlucky in the first two games so to get what we deserved was great.

"We've had a great pre-season with all the players looking really fit. I think this has been the fittest squad I've seen since coming into the first team from the Academy.

"We got a great win against Bristol but we need to focus on Carlisle and make sure we get more points on the board. We want to do the best for the fans and give them something to talk about football-wise, rather than everything else going on off the pitch.

"The team spirit is really good at the moment and we are always getting on to each other, looking to improve and that is really important."

Since joining the club towards the end of last season, Pressley has looked to develop a 'high-pressurised passing game' at the club, based on high-levels of fitness in the squad.

He added: "The gaffer wants us to play a certain way, with and without the ball, and everyone in the squad has really brought into that which is great to see.

"The squad believes if we play that way and stick together, we will do really well this season. Personally, I believe the manager has helped me a lot and I have definitely improved as a player over pre-season.

"Especially the work without the ball, it has been really good to see the intensity we play at. I think we will be quite successful this year as we are only going to get better playing our high-pressing game."

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