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'I hope my hard work will pay off'

19 March 2013

Danny Philliskirk hopes his hard work for the Under-21s helps him get in the first team...

Coventry City's Danny Philliskirk hopes his hard work on the pitch for the Under-21s will pay off in the shape of a chance in the first team.

The former Sheffield United player moved to City in January on free transfer, signing a deal until the end of the current season.

The 21-year old scored his first goal for the Sky Blues in the 3-1 defeat to Leicester City Under-21s two weeks ago and he played a vital role in the 2-1 win over Birmingham Under-21s.

He claimed an assist for the first goal when he burst down the left and crossed for Will Roberts to score, and he hopes his hard work on the training pitch will pay off.

Philliskirk said: "It was a great performance to be involved in as I thought the team progressed throughout the game and to win against a team with the quality of players they have is always positive.

"I am happy with the way I played and all I have got to keep doing is work hard on the training pitch and keep doing it for the Under-21s.

"If I can do that, then maybe my chance will come but we have a good squad here. We all played well today as a team and I'm sure we all hope to have a chance of first team football.

"It has been really good here so far and we are quite a young side so the future for the club looks good."

Philliskirk was signed by former manager Mark Robins as a striker but has recently played the No. 10 role for the Under-21s, linking play between midfield and attack. 

The former Chelsea youth player says he enjoys the role in the side and believes it helps the players progression by playing the same system as the first team.

He added: "It is a good role to play and I was obviously helped by the way everyone played in the system today. Callum (Ball) is good to play alongside as he always gives you an option.

"Billy (Daniels) always makes good runs from midfield meaning I was able to find space quite a lot. It is a good role and the best thing is that the first team also play that system.

"It makes sure that the whole squad is used to playing the same system so if we are brought into the first team, anyone can fit right in."

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