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'We've got to be professional' - Baker

20 December 2013

The City captain Carl Baker wants to see his team-mates look after themselves over the Christmas period...

Coventry City captain Carl Baker has urged his City teammates to remain professional over the Christmas period ahead of the Swindon game against Bristol City.

The City squad face a demanding period of games with games against Swindon Town, Peterborough United, Oldham Athletic and Rotherham United over Christmas and New Year.

The Sky Blues enjoyed a productive December last season as they remained unbeaten throughout the month.

Baker believes it is a crucial period for the club as it could define what City's season becomes.

The captain said: "Christmas, for me, is all about the football really. There are so many games over a short amount of period so you really can't afford to rest.

"I think the gaffer has given us Christmas Day off which will be the first Christmas I'll have off in years. It will be nice but that doesn't mean my focus switches off for the Boxing Day match.

"It is my birthday on Boxing Day but I always enjoy playing on my birthday and I scored against Stevenage on Boxing Day last season which was nice.

"We have a job to do and we have to put football before anything. We can't go on night's out or eat bad foods. We have to be really professional because I will guarantee, some other teams won't be."

The City captain returned to the starting line-up on Tuesday night in the FA Cup against Hartlepool United, having lost his place in the side against Crewe Alexandra.

Baker believes missing the Alex match did him 'the world of good' and that striker Leon Clarke underlined his importance to the side with his brace on Tuesday night.

He added: "Of course, I was disappointed to miss out as you always want to play in every game but when the manager explained his reasons, I was more than happy with the decision.

"I returned to the side against Hartlepool and felt much better for it. It did me the world of good and hopefully I can show it further over the next few games.

"What can you say about Leon. He returns to the side and scores two. He just proves how much he is worth to the side. He is always difficult to contain and I am sure not many defenders look forward to facing him." 

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