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'Talent is nothing without hard work'

13 September 2013

City defender Andy Webster has been very impressed by the amount of young talent at the club since joining in August....

Coventry City defender Andy Webster has been extremely impressed on the amount of young talent at the club since joining the club in August. 

The Scottish international has made five appearances for the club so far, completing 90 minutes in all of them. 

The 31-year old has partnered Academy graduate Jordan Clarke in central defence with Cyrus Christie operating in the right-back position.

The Sky Blues have many young players featuring for the side at the moment, such as Conor Thomas, Billy Daniels and Callum Wilson, and Webster has praised the quality of talent coming through at the club.

Webster commented: "I wasn't aware just how good the young players at the club were before I came here. The team has a lot of energy and confidence at the moment, and that is probably down to the amount of young players in the side.

"I work with Jordan Clarke in training quite a lot and I think we have definitely built up a better understanding with every game we play with each other.

"To keep the clean sheet against Colchester was a real positive for us as I don't think we have defended that badly, even in the two home games where we conceded four goals.

"The great thing about this league is that every week it will throw up a different type of challenge and Gillingham are physicial up front so we will have to find a way to deal with that."

Depending on other results, City can climb out of the League One relegation zone with a win against Gillingham on Sunday, despite starting the season with a 10-point deduction.

Webster continued, urging the young players in the squad to keep putting the hard work in to harness their talent.

He said: "Talent is nothing without hard work. You will not get any success unless you put the hard work in. That hard work will ultimately help you benefit from the talent you have.

"The side have been working extremely hard this season, which is evident in the results we have had. It is important we keep that up to a really high standard throughout the season.

"I will of course help out them do that. When you look through any squad, you want the senior players to help the other players come through.

"We have a talented bunch here who are high in confidence at the minute. Football is an education and they will always be learning throughout the course of their career."

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