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'Everyone in the squad is important'

8 October 2013

With Cyrus Christie out injured ahead of tonight's match, Steven Pressley has backed the squad players to step up...

After claiming a solid 1-0 win at Stevenage, Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes his players are full of belief going into the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

The Sky Blues travel to the Matchroom Stadium for the second time this season as they start their JPT adventure after receiving a bye in the first round.

Despite receiving a 10-point deduction before the start of the 2013/14 League One season, City are already up to 18th in the table and head to Orient with confidence after claiming three points at Stevenage. 

Pressley said: "Everyone knows how well we started the season but I felt during the two losses to Brentford and Port Vale, we forgot how good we are. We needed to remember how well we've been doing this season and the style of football we've been playing.

"I think the win at Stevenage has gave the place a lift and I was delighted with the effort as it is a different type of win from what we have been used to. We had to defend a narrow lead and I thought our game management was excellant. 

"It was important we got the results back on track before this game against Orient as we need to be heading into that game full of confidence. Also, we kept our second clean sheet this season at the weekend so that gives the defence something to work towards.

"We have played three physical sides in a row but when we played Orient this season, it was a good football match as both sides like to play so I am expecting a good fixture."

With Cyrus Christie out injured for the JPT tie having sustained an injury during the game against Stevenage, Pressley will be forced to make changes in the City defence.

Both Jordan Willis and Aaron Phillips can replace Christie in the City side, and Pressley knows they are both ready.

He added: "They are both options we have who can come into that position and both have waited patiently for an opportunity to present itself.

"They have both worked very hard in training throughout pre-season and I know they will be eager to make their impression on the first team.

"I have always said that everybody in the squad has the chance to play and that they will have a important part to play this season.

"In football, things can change in a second and even though it is a blow for Cyrus, it means another young player will get their chance in the side."


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