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'Fans have put us in right direction'

31 January 2013

Steven Jennings believes the fans have kept the players going this season...

Coventry City midfielder Steven Jennings believes the fans support will be crucial as the season goes into its seventh month.

The Sky Blues have sixteen games remaining in the League One season and currently sit in 8th position, despite only claiming three points after the first 10 matches.

The City faithful have turned out for the club throughout the season and recently sold out the Ricoh Arena for next week’s Johnstone Paint Trophy Area Final match against Crewe Alexandra.

With another large away support expected for the match at Bramall Lane, Jennings knows the fans will be an important factor in deciding the side’s fate this season.

The 28-year old said: “We are through the Christmas period now and we have to keep giving it our all. There is a long way to go yet in the season but you can definitely start to look at the fixture list and begin to add up, if you’re a fan.

“We have had great backing from the support this year and the lads were delighted to hear we are going to be backed by a large crowd at the Ricoh Arena next week for the Crewe match.

“Credit to them and everyone at the club knows this is a big club which is underachieving at the moment and we have to make that right.

“The turnaround from earlier in the season has been incredible. You always hear the fans singing the manager’s name which is always a good thing. 

“We have to take every game in our stride now but at least we can all say we are now going in the right direction, and the fans have been crucial in that turnaround.”

Sheffield United are currently four points ahead of the Sky Blues in the League One table and Jennings hopes City can breach that gap with a win over the Blades.

He added: “They are a good side with many strengths and they have just added Jamie Murphy to their side who I played with at Motherwell so I know what they’re about.

“We have played them twice already this season and we know how they operate but they know about us as well. They have been two really tight games this season but there is nothing stopping us coming away with all three points.

“It would be great if we could claim the victory there and it would provide us with a massive boost. It is a great place to go and play football, and it is probably the away fixture players look forward to the most.

“Players definitely respond when you play at the bigger grounds and we hope it will be a positive response against Sheffield.”

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