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'No crisis, just a challenge' - Pressley

5 December 2013

Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley will look into reshaping the side for the trip to Hartlepool United in the FA Cup second round...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes City's striker shortage is not 'a crisis but a challenge.'

The Sky Blues face a long trip to League Two side Hartlepool United on Saturday in the FA Cup second round.

City progressed past League Two side AFC Wimbledon in the first round whilst Hartlepool progressed past League One side Notts County with a 3-2 win at Victoria Park. 

The City boss faces a dilemma going into the game with Leon Clarke out injured, Callum Wilson suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card this season against MK Dons and loan pair Chris Dagnall and Chris Maguire are ineligible. 

Whilst Pressley admits it isn't an ideal situation, he has stressed he will find a solution within his side.

He said: "I don't look at it as a crisis but more like a challenge. You always have to find a way in football, a solution to every problem.

"There will always be problems throughout every season but it is how you and your group of players respond to the problem. All four potential strikers will be missing this weekend, but there's our challenge.

"We have to find a way to win the game. We will look at certain aspects of the side and we might have to reshape our system.

"Always keep the same principles but just have slight alterations in the way we will set up the side. It might be slightly different but the players will have to learn to adjust."


As the City boss looks at different options, he admitted he could deploy a lone striker against Hartlepool. 

Pressley added: "I potentially could go with a lone striker but there are many other systems we could also with so it is all about finding the right system which the players feel comfortable in.

"There are plenty of variations in midfield. Prior to myself coming to Coventry, I was very much a manager who played with a lone striker.

"I've certainly changed my thoughts this season to adjust to the demands of the league we are in. But in a situation where we have absolutely no strikers and not a great depth in the squad, we are certainly going to have to look at changing a few things round."


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