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'I am still learning' - Willis

21 October 2013

City defender Jordan Willis admits he wants to continue to improve ahead of facing Leyton Orient...

Coventry City defender Jordan Willis has revealed he is enjoying his time in the City side ahead of facing league-leaders Leyton Orient.

The 19-year old has already made ten appearances this season and has filled in at right-back for the last three matches after Cyrus Christie injured his ankle at Stevenage.

The Academy graduate had to mark former St. Etienne winger Bakary Sako during the 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, and did well before coming off for Aaron Phillips in the 83rd minute.
 
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With Christie set to continue his spell on the sidelines against Orient, Willis is looking forward to another new challenge.

Willis said: "It was unfortunate what happened to Cyrus (Christie) as he had been having a great season before he got injured.

"Obviously, that has given me a chance in the side and I am really enjoying my spell in the side. To be involved in the Wolves game was great as it was a massive crowd to play in front of.

"I think I am doing pretty well but there is always more work to do. I have got to make sure I am always looking to improve in every game I play and add more to my play.

"It has took me a while to get into the speed of our game as we play a high-pressing game which requires a lot more than the Under-21s games I have been playing."

The Coventry-born defender made his full debut in the 2011/12 Championship season in the last game of the season against Southampton.

Predominantly a centre-back, Willis admitted he is still getting used to the demands of the right-back position.

He added: "The first game I came into was in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Leyton Orient and I felt I wasn't quite up to the pace I wanted to be up to.

"I think I have improved since then but I know I can still improve. I haven't played in the right-back position for over a year but it is coming back to me with every game.

"Being a centre-back, I am much more defensively minded. We have now changed our attacking emphasis over to the left side with Blair Adams getting forward.

"I am having to work on that side of my game but that is good because playing in different positions gives a young player, like me, valuable experience."


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