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'Plenty of good candidates for captain'

22 March 2013

Steven Pressley still to make his decision who will wear the captain's armband against Pompey...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley is confident his City side can overcome a resurgant Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Guy Whittingham's Pompey are currently 7th in the League One form table having picked up eight points in the last five games.

The South Coast side still lie in bottom place in League One but have recorded recent wins over Bury and Crewe Alexandra, and a draw against high-flyers Doncaster Rovers.

Pressley admits he is wary of the threat the bottom club have but is confident his side can claim a crucial three points in the race for the play-offs.

The City boss commented: "It is always difficult playing sides who are fighting for their lives as they have so much to play for. 

"They will be determined to get the win and we need to be bringing our best game to Fratton Park this weekend. They are similar to Hartlepool in that sense and we saw how difficult that game was so we need the same committment again.

"Every single day here, we train to win and I will be expecting that mentality to come through on the pitch this weekend. 

"We need to be able to keep the momentum up and with us just three points outside the play-offs, there is everything to play for."

Coventry are currently unbeaten in the last five away matches in League One, winning four of them which sees Pressley's side with the second best away form in the league.

With captain Carl Baker out for the match, Pressley said he will make the decision on who has the captain's armband closer to the game.

He continued: "I want to create a real winning culture at this football club and you only achieve that by setting standards, and then maintaining them.

"That doesn't just mean on the pitch but on the training pitch and every day the players come into work.Carl (Baker) has been brilliant at that this season but he will be out for the game.

"I haven't decided on who will get the captain's armband tomorrow but there are plenty of good candidates in the team so it isn't a concern.

"I will take a number of things into consideration and then make my decision." 

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