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'Leon plays a pivotal role' - Pressley

20 September 2013

Steven Pressley is expecting a physical test from the Valiants at Vale Park tomorrow...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley is expecting a 'physical and aggressive' match as City travel to Vale Park tomorrow.

The Sky Blues are looking to go seven games unbeaten in League One having recorded recent wins over Colchester United and Gillingham.

It will be the first time City have played against Port Vale in 49 years having last met in the English Third Division where the two sides fought out a 1-1 draw. 

Micky Adams are currently 14th in the table and if City get all three points at Vale Park, they will move above Port Vale in the table.

Having studied all of their matches so far this season, Pressley is expecting a physical game against the newly-promoted Valiants.

The City boss said: "We have looked over their footage from the last three or four games and we are expecting another physical test.

"They have very aggressive in their play where they look to press the opposition up the pitch so it will be difficult for us.

"They like to get the ball in the box for their main striker Tom Pope and they will ask questions of us.

"They are similar in their play to Gillingham and I thought we coped very well with them last week so we will have to play to a high standard once again."

Leon Clarke, who is set to start against Port Vale, has scored five goals in eight appearances this season in a high-scoring City side.

Despite Clarke admitting he could score even more goals in each game, Pressley has praised the high standards he expects of himself.

He said: "Leon (Clarke) has been fantastic this season and he probably could have scored more goals this season but we don't dwell on that.

"He expects extremely high standards from himself and that is exactly what I want from my players. He got a crucial goal last week which was good for him and his goal-scoring this season has been very important.

"Of course, he has said he wants to be finishing every opportunity but for me, it is his overall contribution not just in matches but in training as well.

"Whether he scores one or three, it is all about the contribution he makes to the side and that has been pivotal this season."

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