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'We've got a real chance' - Barton

26 July 2013

City midfielder Adam Barton believes the Sky Blues are more organised going into the 2013/14 League One season...

Coventry City midfielder Adam Barton believes the City squad are in better shape than pre-season after they twice came from behind to beat Mansfield with a last-minute penalty.

The stags took the lead mid-way through the first half when Calvin Andrew curled into the top corner before Carl Baker levelled from the penalty spot after Callum Wilson rounded the keeper and was brought down.

Sam Clucas restored the lead shortly after the break for Richard Beevers to turn Wilson’s cross into his own net.

Skipper Baker then claimed victory for the Sky Blues late on with another penalty from another Wilson burst past the keeper.

It is the second win Coventry have claimed this week, and Barton started in both victories for Steven Pressley's side.

The City midfielder said: "It was a good win for the side as we had to really battle to come from behind twice which shows character.

"It has been good to play in two victories this week and playing next to Billy (Daniels) has been great as we complement each quite well.

"But, I believe we have so many partnerships in the midfield going into the season. On the evidence of this week, we have a really fit squad and we are ready."

The former Preston North End midfielder made 26 appearances last season, scoring three goals but said he wants more first-team opportunities in the 2013/14 League One season.

He added: "I would like to start the first game of the season of course and many more after that. I believe I have a lot more to give and hopefully I'll get that chance next season.

"We are all really excited for the start of the season as I think we have a great chance this season. I think we are more organised as a team going into this season than last.

"It was shown last year, and many seasons before that, you don't need to best players to get promoted. If teams are working together and organised, that will win you games."

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