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'The journey can't end' - Pressley

25 November 2013

City boss Steven Pressley knows the players will be looking to respond in the right way against Rotherham...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes it is up to the players to keep up the standards they have already set.

The Sky Blues boss saw his side lose 5-1 against Tranmere at the weekend in what was a shock result with City looking to close the gap on the play-offs.

Ryan Lowe scored a hat-trick with Jake Kirby and James Wallace getting the other goals for Ronnie Moore's side as Carl Baker scored a late consolation from the penalty spot.

City face Rotherham tomorrow at Sixfields, looking to bounce back from the defeat and Pressley wants his side to get back up to those 'top levels'.

Pressley said: "We were all in on Sunday after the game and we went through a number of things. These players have been terrific but we had to go over the standards the football club requires.

"I just wanted to remind them that we have come a long way in a short period of time but the journey can't end now. It has to continue and we have to keep applying the standards we've set and what people have become used to.

"We also have to stop conceding goals at the rate we have in the last couple of games. In the games prior to the Bradford game, we weren't conceding that many goals so it has been disappointing to see us do that.

"It was the finer details that let us down on Saturday. We didn't apply ourselves in the way that we usually do and we got punished for it."

The defeat against Rovers ended City's eight-match unbeaten run, a run which included wins over Leyton Orient, Sheffield United and Walsall.

Desperate to put the loss behind them, Pressley says his players are extremely motivated to respond in the right way against Rotherham.

He added: "This is a very proud squad and the players don't want to see that happen again. They won't have to look very hard to find the motivation for the Rotherham game.

"It is a case of moving on and learning from the experience. This is a very proud group of players and they know the result against Tranmere wasn't representative of the season we're having.

"If you look at the table and where we could have been if we didn't have the points deduction, we are having an incredible season so it is important we remember that."

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