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'Team spirit is a major factor'

24 January 2013

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins hopes City can keep the run going at Preston...

Coventry City manager Mark Robins expects his side to travel to Deepdale full of confidence after recording back-to-back victories in the league.

The Sky Blues beat both Tranmere and Oldham at the Ricoh Arena to achieve consecutive home league wins for the first time this season.

A positive result at Preston North End could see Coventry breach the League One play-off positions for the first time.

The City boss believes the team-spirit has been a major factor in the City side evolving throughout the season.

Robins commented: “I expect the best from the team as they have had a great chance to get some work done on the training pitch this week. They are fully rested and ready to get going in the next game so we will be looking to continue our run.

“The back-to-back wins have definitely had a positive impact on the team but we need to make sure we are keeping up those intensity levels.

“There are a lot of positive signs throughout the squad. They seem to be encouraging each other much more and they are more of a unit.

“I am always looking for those signs and team spirit is important in different ways. If someone isn’t pulling their weight, sometimes it may need the others to pick him up and that has also been happening.”
Preston North End are currently 16th in the League One having only recorded two wins in their last 14 matches.

However, Mark Robins believes Preston will pose a difficult threat despite their poor run in form.

He added: “Obviously, we’ve played them twice already this season, so we are very aware of the threats they have. They are a good side who are always difficult to face like they have already shown us this season.

“They have provided us with two really difficult games and I am expecting more of the same when we kick-off on Saturday.

“We are on a decent run so our focus has to be on ourselves and make sure we provide our best for the away support, who continue to travel in numbers this season.

“It is a great place to play football. It is a traditional club with a passionate home support so they will make it very difficult for us.”

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