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Pressley praises Clarke's mentality

24 July 2013

City boss Steven Pressley was delighted after the 2-0 win against the Robins, and reserved special praise for Jordan Clarke....

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley was delighted after seeing his side record a pre-season win at Cheltenham Town.

In the first of four pre-season matches this week, City secured the win at the Abbey Business Stadium thanks to goals from Leon Clarke and Cyrus Christie either side of the break.

The Sky Blues ended the game with every player on the pitch having come through, or still at, the City Academy.

Pressley praised the performance of his side but reserved special praise for City defender Jordan Clarke. 

The City boss said: "It was an impressive performance from the side against some of very good opposition. There are no trophies or points to win in pre-season but you can gain confidence from performances like that.

"When you consider we had a 16-year old at centre-back and some other young players out there, it was a real team performance and we are starting to see some of what we have been working on come through.

"I thought Jordan Clarke in the centre-back position was outstanding. He has come back in terrific condition and his mentality is excellent which is exactly what we are looking for.

"I am really pleased for him as the hard work he is putting in training is showing on the pitch."

With a long trip to Lancashire to face Fleetwood Town tonight (Wednesday), Pressley confirmed he will be using a different group of players.

He added: "We are going to use a different group and again, give some of the younger players an opportunity to come through and impress.

"We thought at this moment in time we would have a greater depth to the group, but that isn't the case so it is about finding the solution.

"The great thing about it is it gives the young players an opportunity. You coach them into a system and they can often excel.

"There will certainly be two trialists involved against Fleetwood so it will another chance to see where we are at."


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