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'I'm ready to step up' - Phillips

9 October 2013

After his impressive substitute appearance last night, Aaron Phillips is eager to make an impression on the first team...

Coventry City right-back Aaron Phillips believes he is ready to take his chance in the first team after the side's penalties defeat to Leyton Orient.

The Academy graduate came on in the second half for Jordan Willis during the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at the Matchroom Stadium to make his first appearance since the opening day of the season against Crawley Town.

City were knocked out of the competition on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes against the League One league-leaders.

With Cyrus Christie awaiting the results of scan on his ankle injury, Phillips knows it could be a chance for him to step up and impress.

The 19-year old said: "It is bitterly disappointing to lose on penalties. I felt like we played well throughout the game, just always seemed one step away from getting that crucial goal.

"It is difficult for the side to take but we move on now. I came on which was great on a personal level and I just worked as hard as could. Gave 100% for the side.

"With Cyrus (Christie) currently injured, it might give me a chance so all I have to do is keep working hard and impress the manager in training.

"There are a lot of players in the squad who are looking for that opportunity in the first team so if a chance presents itself, I must try and take it."

Phillips was on loan with Conference side Nuneaton Town last season and impressed during his spell, helping keep the side in non-league's top flight.

Christie has been in brilliant form this season, meaning it has been difficult for Phillips to get many first team appearances.

He added: "It has been difficult at times and of course, you always want to play, especially when we are playing the type of football we are.

"It is a mental game really. I have to keep my mind focused during every training session because you never know when the next opportunity will come along.

"I always prepare for games as though I will be playing which helps me keep on track. It is great to work under a manager which believes in his squad and brings young players though.

"A lot of the players have come through the Academy which is great and shows his faith in us."

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