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'Players responded to a difficult week'

18 February 2013

Lee Carsley has praised the squad's attitude as they prepare for the JPT...

Coventry City interim first manager Lee Carsley has been delighted with the way the squad have responded to ‘a difficult week’.

The former Republic of Ireland international oversaw his first win as interim boss as City secured a comfortable three points against Bury.

Leon Clarke and Carl Baker netted for the Sky Blues who are now just five points outside the play-offs and just eight points off top spot.

The 38-year old has praised the players for not just the result, but the way they have responded in training.

Carsley said: “Winning games obviously brings a feel good factor into any club and the players are confident following the Bury result. 

“I am happy with the way the lads have responded to what was a difficult week as they have just got their heads down and got on with it.

“It was a good performance and we have trained today, more on our defensive work than our attacking play, and once again, the players have got up to those high levels.”

The Sky Blues travel to Gresty Road on Wednesday night in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final second leg.

With City needing to turn around a 3-0 deficit, Carsley was brought back to his playing experiences when Everton were knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Fiorentina in 2008.

He said: “I have been involved in this sort of scenario before when I was at Everton and we played Fiorentina. We were easily beaten 2-0 in the first leg, didn’t even have a kick.

“It felt like there was no way we were going to come back but we got an early goal and that changed everything.

“We dominated the game and got a second goal to go level. You could sense they were going to crumble as soon as we got that early goal and we took them all the way to penalties in the end.

“It just shows that this happens at all levels of football and that there is no pressure on us.”

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