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'We need to produce a big performance'

16 January 2013

Joe Murphy wants to see more from City against Tranmere Rovers tonight...

Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy knows the Sky Blues will need to produce a ‘big performance’ to beat Tranmere Rovers at the Ricoh Arena tonight.

The League One leaders travel to Coventry looking to hold on to top spot in the English third tier and complete the double over City this season.

Mark Robins’ side are looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats against Shrewsbury and Carlisle, whilst closing the six-point gap on the play-offs.

The Irish goalkeeper hopes to see an improved performance from City and hopes to see a big crowd at the Ricoh Arena.

Murphy said: “We had a really poor first half against Carlisle and that set the tone for most of the game. We had chances and maybe we could have got a draw, but we can’t disguise the fact that it wasn’t good enough.

“It was a soft goal to concede and we should be defending them much better. We have set some really high standards recently with our performances so we need to meet those levels again.

“Tranmere are doing really well and I am really happy for them as that is where I started my career, and you always have a soft spot for that first team you played for.

“We will need to be at our best to get a result and hopefully we will get a good backing from the fans as it is a big game for the club.”

The former Scunthorpe keeper has already made 36 appearances for City this season and he believes City will produce the right response against Rovers.

He added: “We are aware our home form hasn’t been great but we have produced some really good performances at the Ricoh Arena, including the JPT win over Preston.

“We know it will be a big task for us and we know we have got to do better than we have in the league recently. It is a simple case of putting away our chances and making sure we are consistent throughout the 90 minutes.

“It is always good to have a settled defence working in front of me. Richard Wood and William Edjenguele have been there for a couple of months now and it definitely brings stability to our performance.

“We need a big performance tonight and I am sure the lads are capable of producing what is required of them.”

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