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'Small squad created better players'

25 October 2013

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley also wants to see every player continue to improve in every game...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley admires the 'drive and determination' of his squad ahead of the trip to the Bescot Stadium. 

The Sky Blues have had a brilliant October so far having remaining unbeaten, recording impressive wins over Stevenage, Sheffield United and Leyton Orient.

Pressley's side have already scored 30 goals this season, in just 13 league matches, which makes City the second-highest scorers in the league.

Walsall have had a terrific start to the 2013/14 League One season themselves having recently recorded back-to-back wins over Stevenage and Swindon. 

It is set to be a competitive match at the Bescot Stadium this weekend, and Pressley believes his side have better performances in them.

The City boss said: "You always wonder how a team can get better. We sit the players down and ask them what was their best performance of the season.

"Every single one of the players will say they can improve on that performance and I'm sure they would all pick different games where they feel they played at the current best.

"It is about getting every single one of the players to have their best game for the club, on the same day, in the same match and that is how you will get an improved performance.

"I admire their individual drive to get better but also their commitment to each other. Put those factors together and success will follow."

The Scottish manager has rarely changed his starting XI since the start of the season leading to the consistency Coventry are currently experiencing.

Operating from a relatively small squad, the City boss believes the consistency in the starting XI has been vital to City's form.

He added: "If you look through the league, many teams who operate from smaller squads have rarely changed their starting line-up as you have to build up your players.

"It isn't easy keeping players happy who are currently not in the team as every player wants to be on the pitch.

"The negative aspect of that is when you start experiencing injuries and suspensions, it might be a difficulty to contend with a small squad.

"As you know, I am not a fan of the loan system in this country but it always gives you that opportunity if you are experiencing the factors to go out and bring someone in."


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