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'We can be the first to beat them'

21 October 2013

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley believes the City can inflict Orient's first defeat...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes the Sky Blues can be the first team in League One this season to beat table-topping Leyton Orient.

Russell Slade's side have now gone 12 league games unbeaten, picking up ten wins and two draws, with their only loss against Premier League side Hull City in the Capital One Cup.

The Sky Blues have already faced Orient twice this season, in both the Capital One Cup and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, losing 3-2 in the first match and drawing 0-0 in the JPT before going out on penalties.

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Pressley's side have gone three games unbeaten, having picked up a valuable point at Molineux against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.

The City boss believes Orient's unbeaten start to the season provides a huge motivational factor for this side. 

Pressley said: "Coming from two high profile games, one in front of the TV cameras and the other at Wolves, it might be difficult to motivate yourself for this one.

"But, there is a huge motivational factor involved as we could be the first team to beat Leyton Orient this season which would be a huge boost.

"You look at their record and you know you are up against a really good side. We have already played them twice this season and have been unlucky not to get anything out of either side.

"Russell Slade is a manager I have the utmost respect for. He has built a very good side from a small squad and they deserve to be where they are this season."

Orient recorded an impressive 4-0 victory at Tranmere Rovers at the weekend, a result which keeps them one point ahead of Peterborough in the League One table.

Stalwart striker Kevin Lisbie netted a brace against Ronnie Moore's side and Pressley knows his side will have to keep that threat quiet.

He added: "They have not got the biggest budget in the league and they work hard for each other which is important when you have a small squad.

"As I say before any game, we will be going into the game to win and this game won't be any different as I think we can beat anybody on our day.

"They are the highest scorers in the League, just ahead of ourselves now so it should be an entertaining game. 

"They have got threats all over the pitch but we are aware of the threats (Kevin) Lisbie poses. Like our defence showed at the weekend, we can deal with those threats and make sure we keep them quiet."

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