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11 September 2013

Adam Barton believes the whole club has adapted to Steven Pressley's style of play after Under-21s win...

Coventry City midfielder Adam Barton believes the confidence the first-team are currently playing with, is spreading into the Under-21 side.

The former Preston North End man has found first-team opportunities difficult to come by so far this season, making only one substitute appearance during the 4-0 win at Carlisle United.

With Conor Thomas and John Fleck playing well for Steven Pressley's side in central midfield, it is up to Barton to impress the watching City boss during the Under-21 games.

Pressley applauded when Barton scored a memorable volley from the edge of the area in the 40th minute during the 3-0 win in the behind-closed-doors friendly.

Barton knows it will be difficult to break into the first-team but hopes solid performances for the Under-21s impress the City manager. 

The 22-year old said: "It really helps that everyone trains together and gets to learn the same styles of play so that every player knows his role within the club's system.

"That is probably the great thing about this club and that is just how the manager has done things here. There is a big focus on what to do without the ball and that has gone from the first team all the way to the youth team.

"If you are a youth team player here and you have to come up into the first team, you know exactly what your role is within the club's system and I think that is a great thing for the club. 

"The first-team are playing really well at the moment so you have to be patient. The only thing I can do is impress the manager when I get these chances and hopefully I have done that."

Barton was one of several in the first-team squad to feature in the Under-21s with Mathieu Manset and Billy Daniels also scoring during the win over the Seagulls.

He added: "When you're not playing in the first team, all you can do is go out there for the Under-21s and give it your best. 

"The gaffer has always said football can change within a matter of days so I have always got to make sure I am ready to step into the first team.

"It is an enjoyable system to play in and when everyone around you is enjoying their football, it is easier for me to play well.

"The whole club is confident at the moment and hopefully it will continue for the rest of the season."

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