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'Bell needs to make an impact at City'

28 February 2013

Lee Carsley says he is enjoying his current role and challenged David Bell to improve...

Coventry City interim first team manager Lee Carsley has challenged midfielder David Bell to make an impact this season.


Carsley, who has now been in charge for four City games, winning three of them and keeping three clean sheets, brought on Bell in the 74th minute against the Cherries in midweek.



The impressive 2-0 victory at the Goldsands Stadium against Bournemouth put City within five points of the play-off positions.


With Swindon visiting the Ricoh this weekend, Carsley has admitted he is enjoying taking charge of City through this busy period.


The interim City boss said: "I learn things every day about the job and you gain more experience. I think it has helped that we have had a lot of games and not too much thinking time.


"The focus has had to be on the players and the matches which has probably suited us. We have all pulled together as a staff but it has been all about the players.


"They are the ones that have to go out there and do it for the club. Considering the results, you have to say around 95% of the time, they have done it.


"I am enjoying the role and looking forward to getting a good result against Swindon."


David Bell made his first appearance in a City shirt since April 2012 against Bournemouth and Carsley believes he has a role to play for the club this season.


He added: "He (David Bell) has got a lot to prove to himself and to this club. I played against when he was at Luton Town and I thought he was a quality player.


"When I signed back with Coventry, I was looking forward to playing with him but I didn't see that same threat. I just think it is a confidence issue.


"He is expected to create and make sure he finds the right areas which can be difficult for any attacking player which means confidence is vitally important.


"He has got plenty of quality but he just needs that consistency now. He is a good footballer who showed when he comes on, he can keep the ball and bring a bit of quality to the occasion.


"He will have a part to play but he needs to get fitter and keep that bit between his teeth."

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