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'Great response to set-backs' - Pressley

13 December 2013

The Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley is wary of the threat Crewe Alexandra pose at Sixfields this weekend....

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley is looking to bounce-back from recent home defeats to Tranmere Rovers and Rotherham United when Crewe Alexandra visit Sixfields this weekend.

Pressley has been delighted with the way the team has reacted to defeats this season, especially after back-to-back losses at Sixfields. 

The City manager said: “We've responded to setbacks well and that is what is really pleasing for me.

“We had a couple of setbacks early on this season and we went on a terrific run of games. 

“Recently we had a couple of disappointments but responded with a brilliant away result at MK Dons and a positive result in the cup.”

Crewe travel to Sixfields this weekend hoping to build on their home win against Crawley Town last time out, having picked up only one point from six games before that win.

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Despite being the lowest scorers in the league this season, scoring just four away goals, the manager is well aware of the threat they pose to City. 

Pressley continued: “They are coming here on the back of a good result two weeks ago. I believe they have had a mini pre-season during their two-week break.

“I’m sure they are coming fit and ready, motivated and with a little bit of confidence behind them.”

Although the Railwaymen are sitting in 22nd position in the Sky Bet League One table and are eight points behind the Sky Blues, Crewe have stuck to their traditional style of play. 

Without a recognised senior striker for the FA Cup match at Hartlepool, the City boss was forced to change the system. Pressley has confirmed that City will return to their original system against the Alex.

Pressley added: “They are a side that have got a philosophy that has been running through the club for many, many years.

“People recognise that Crewe are a club that develop young players and a club that play football in the right manner in terms of the passing of the ball.

“I will be looking at returning to the system that has served us very well this season.

“I want certain aspects that improved last weekend, because sometimes in football when you are working on certain things with your players sometimes they forget other parts of the game that are hugely important to the way the team functions.
“I think in the last couple of weeks we've just forgot about aspects of our game that we need to get back to.”

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