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'Great chance to respond' - Thomas

26 November 2013

Coventry City midfielder Conor Thomas has been impressed by the response from his team-mates in training...

Coventry City midfielder Conor Thomas is relishing his return to the starting line-up after serving a one-game suspension against Tranmere Rovers.

The Academy graduate missed his first game of the season against Ronnie Moore's side having picked up five yellow cards this season. 

City suffered a 5-1 defeat against Tranmere with Thomas forced to watch on from the stands as his team-mates suffered their worst defeat of the season. 

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The Sky Blues face Rotherham at Sixfields tonight and Thomas says he is raring to go again having recently signed a new contract.

The 21-year old said: "It was difficult to watch on Saturday as I wanted to be out there doing my best for the side.

"I missed quite a lot of games last season with injuries but that is the first game I have missed this season so it was a different experience for me.

"It is good that the team have a game so quickly after the Tranmere loss as it presents the perfect chance to get it out of our system and out of the fans' system.

"We haven't got time to feel sorry for ourselves and if do that in football, you will get punished anyways. Training has been good since the game and everyone has been looking sharp so hopefully we can take it into the game."

Adam Barton replaced Thomas in the side for the Rovers match but with Barton picking up a knee injury, Thomas will come straight back into the side to face the Millers.

City recorded an eight-match unbeaten run before the 5-1 defeat and Thomas believes they can get back to winning ways against Rotherham.

He added: "I always put pressure on myself to perform for any match but of course, after you miss one game, you always want to go and impress in the next one.

"If we play the way we can and concentrate in the proper way ahead of the game, there is no reason why we can't win. 

"We have come a long way this season and it is important we don't forget that. Despite the loss, we are still not far away from the play-offs so we have to keep going.

"You always want to react to any defeat but I'm sure the players we definitely want to put that defeat behind us as it wasn't the type of performance we usually put in."

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