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'The club needs more success stories'

7 October 2013

Steven Pressley has stressed the club will be taking the Johnstone Paint Trophy seriously this season...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has stressed the Sky Blues will be looking to repeat last year's success in the Johnstone Paint Trophy. 

In the club's first ever participation in the competition, City made the Northern Section Area Final but missed out on a Wembley date as Crewe Alexandra won over two legs. 

The run in the trophy included wins over Burton Albion, York City, Sheffield United and Preston North End. 

Despite a lack of depth in the City squad, Pressley believes the team need to go into every game to win, regardless of the competition.

The City boss said: "It is important to go into every game with a successful mind-frame, and that comes from winning games. That means this match isn't just important regarding the competition but also the season.

"We want to win any game of football we play in. If you look at the club's history, I believe there hasn't been enough success stories, in terms of winning competitions.

"Any competition the club enters gives us that chance to bring success to the club and of course, the fans. We should be looking to do that in this campaign in all the competitions.

"Speaking to the players, I know they really enjoyed playing in this competition last season so I am sure they will be wanting to progress."

City have already faced Leyton Orient this season in the Capital One Cup where Russell Slade's side claimed a narrow victory over the Sky Blues.

Ten-men City had taken the lead twice at the Matchroom Stadium with goals from Carl Baker and Franck Moussa but a late Kevin Lisbie strike broke City hearts.

Orient have followed up that result with a terrific start to the League One season but Pressley believes his side will prove more than a match for the London side.

He added: "It will be a very difficult game, no question about it. They have only lost once this season, and that was against a Premier League side.

"They haven't lost any matches in League One this year so that shows the task ahead. Russell Slade has done a wonderful job down there.

"Obviously, we have already played them this season and I thought we played very well against them, and probably deserved more out of the game.

"We were unfortunate not to get a result so I'm sure our players are looking forward to putting that right."


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