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'Quality will step up to replace Baker'

21 March 2013

Steven Pressley believes there is enough quality in the squad to replace Carl Baker...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has backed his squad to fill the boots of captain Carl Baker ahead of the trip to Portsmouth.

The City captain had a hernia operation this week and will miss the League One match at Fratton Park against Pompey.

Baker has scored 14 goals this season but Pressley believes there is enough quality in the squad ready to step up in the first team.

Pressley said: "It is a big blow to lose some of your first team players but one of the best things for me since coming here has been seeing players step up.

"Cody (McDonald) has been brilliant since he came back into the side and he has took his chance with a goal last weekend so I am looking for a few more players to do that.

"I am not a manager who concerns himself over things I have no control over. It is about finding solutions and finding a way to win, whatever situation you are in.

"I have spent more time with the players this week and I feel like they're getting used to the way I work and what I want to see from them."

One of the players who could benefit from Baker's absence is midfielder John Fleck who has been used as a substitute since Pressley's arrival.

Pressley revealed he once tried to sign Fleck whilst he was at Falkirk and believes there is more to come from the young Scot.

He added: "Both David Bell and John Fleck have been looking for any opportunity. (David) Bell has been really unfortunate with injuries this season.

"He hasn't really had a sustained run, not just in games but in training as well. John (Fleck) has featured in the three games I have had here and I believe there is more to come from him.

"He was a player, when I was at Falkirk, I really wanted to bring in on loan. He is a player I have always admired and I believe he can make a difference in a game.

"He is a wonderful talent who can be a real asset for this football club in the years to come. I still think the best is yet to come with him and that is what excites me about him." 

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