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"After today, I feel like I can challenge for the first-team. Got to keep going and improving." - Coventry City's Mohamed Coulibaly

25 August 2014

The City midfielder also believes the young Sky Blues deserved to win the game and has lauded the young players in the side...

Coventry City midfielder Mohamed Coulibaly believes his performance for the Under-21s against Sheffield United could help him challenge for a spot in the first-team.

The AFC Bournemouth loanee is yet to make an appearance for the first-team having suffered a groin injury during pre-season after completing his loan move.

Coulibaly was on the bench for the 0-0 draw against MK Dons on Saturday and completed an impressive 80 minutes in the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United Under-21s, where he claimed an assist for Dion Kelly-Evans' second-half strike. 

Having recovered from the groin injury and featured for the Under-21s, Coulibaly has set his sights on challenging for a first-team spot and says he is enjoying his time at the club.

Coulibaly said: "After today's game, I hope I have improved my chances of getting into the first-team. I struggled in the Swansea City game because I didn't know the system.

"But today, I think I played well and had much more confidence in my position in the system we play here. I found my position this week and I showed I was more confident as I felt like I was carrying the ball a lot more and getting past players.

"It has been difficult for me to get used to as it is very demanding but I feel like I'm improving. After today, I'm really enjoying it here.

"It was difficult in pre-season having been injured and had to train on my own but I feel like I've taken a big step forward today. I've got to keep going in training and show the manager that I'm ready."

City were pegged back by the Blades twice at Ryton as it looked like the Sky Blues would record their first win of the season in their second game.

Kelly-Evans and George Thomas scored the goals for City and Coulibaly believes it was a great performance but says the Sky Blues should have won.

He added: "It was a good performance and I think we were really unlucky to draw as we had the better chances and played the better football.

"We deserved to win the game and the performance of the team was much better than the draw against Swansea City on Wednesday.

"It is a young side so to see the young players playing football the way they are is great."

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