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'Weir will turn it around' - Pressley

10 October 2013

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley has backed Blades boss David Weir ahead of Sunday's match...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has backed Sheffield United boss David Weir ahead of the game against the Blades on Sunday.

The Sky Blues come into the game having won their last League One match at Stevenage thanks to a first-half Leon Clarke strike.

City currently sit in 18th position in the table, four places ahead of Sheffield United, despite receiving a ten-point deduction before the start of the season.

Despite Weir's difficult start at Bramall Lane, Pressley has backed the former Scotland international to lead the Yorkshire club to success.

Pressley said: "Of course, me and David (Weir) have played with each other at the club and country level. There is no doubt about it, it is a tough period for him.

"He is going through a transitional period which is always a difficult task. The fans and everybody connected with the club need to support him and believe in him as he is a very knowledgeable man.

"I am sure given patience and time, he will be able to turn it around. In my early days at Falkirk, they were calling for my head so I know how difficult it can be.

"David is a strong character and I am very confident he will see it through and turn it around."

With Cyrus Christie out for a month having sustained an ankle injury against Stevenage, both Jordan Willis and Aaron Phillips will be vying for a starting spot in the televised game against the Blades on Sunday.

Despite missing one of his key players, Pressley is happy to have 'a nice headache' over the right-back position.

The City boss commented: "It is nice to see two young players looking to take over the right-back slot on Sunday. We started with Jordan (Willis) on Tuesday against Orient and I think he accquitted himself well.

"We brought Aaron (Phillips) on in the second half and he also did well, got forward well. I said after the game that we had to change the balance of the team a little bit with the left side of our play becoming more prominent.

"The truth is, we have a couple of injuries to key players which has affected our attacking balance. We will certainly miss those players but what was encouraging in the last couple of games is we've found different ways to get results.

"At Stevenage, we showed a different side to ourselves as we were solid at the back and were strong all over the pitch. We are presented with problems all the time but it is about finding a way to win games."

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