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'I must keep working hard' - Phillips

19 November 2013

Right-back Aaron Phillips impressed during his spell at right-back and says he must be ready to step in at any time...

Coventry City right-back Aaron Phillips believes 'it is down to him' to continue the form he has shown during the 2013/14 League One season. 

The 19-year old has made eight appearances for the first team this season, including a late substitute appearance during the weekend's 3-3 draw at Bradford City.

The Academy graduate came into the side during October as first-choice right-back Cyrus Christie was out injured with an ankle injury.

Phillips made a good impression during his spell at right-back, including his late equaliser at Wolverhampton Wanderers as City secured a 1-1 draw at Molineux.

With Christie now back in the side having recovered from his injury, Phillips wants to continue to work hard and challenge for a first team spot.

Speaking at the grand opening of the new CCFC Superstore, he said: "I want to play as many games as I can and show what I can do. To be honest, it is just fantastic to be playing for Coventry.

"Obviously, the manager makes the decisions and I just hope I impressed during my time in the side. Cyrus (Christie) has been brilliant for us this season and now he is back in the side, I have to keep working hard.

"It is down to me really. If I keep working hard in training, and keep pushing myself to do more, that's all I can do."

City haven't lost since September and are currently on a nine-game unbeaten run in League One, winning six of them.

With 30 games left in the season, Phillips hopes to keep improving and pushing for as many appearances as possible in the first team.

He added: "We have done really well so far and we have to make sure we keep up this current form. We have to keep pushing.

"I am always looking to get into the first team but it is down to me to get the best of myself.

"Of course, right-back is one of our best positions and the club does produce quite a few of them. 

"It must be down to Gregor Rioch (Academy Manager) because he was a defender himself. It is obviously great to see so many people come through the Academy and hopefully more will progress through the system."

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