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"I want to see us improve on our performances. Sheffield United will be a difficult test." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

15 August 2014

The City boss is looking forward to playing one of the title favourites in League One this season, Sheffield United...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley wants to see his side improve on the performances against Bradford City and Cardiff City. 

The Sky Blues suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat on the opening day of the season against Bradford City before City were beaten in the Capital One Cup against Championship side Cardiff City.

Pressley's side face Sheffield United this weekend and have been handed a boost with the news that striker Marcus Tudgay, captain Reda Johnson and winger Mohamed Coulibaly are all in contention for the game against the Blades.

The City boss says he wants to see the City side continue to improve on their performances and claim their first win of the season.

Pressley said: "The mood in the camp is very good. Obviously, after the Cardiff game, there were certain things we wanted to address and hopefully we can improve on that performance at the weekend.

"There were a lot of positives in the Cardiff game though as we didn't give away many chances to a strong Championship side and like I said at the time, we had the chances in the second half to force a result.

"Of course, with a new system, it takes time to adjust and for the players to get used to what the 3-5-2 demands. Another game gives us another opportunity to improve our system.

"If you look at the two games, two of the goals we've scored have come from the wing-back positions which shows the positives the system brings and if we can get it right this weekend, there is no reason why we can't win."

Sheffield United have been tipped as one of the favourites to achieve promotion to the Championship in the 2014/15 League One season.

Having added heavily to the squad over the summer, Pressley believes whatever team the Blades field, they will present a difficult test.

He added: "They're regarded as real title contenders as they've invested heavily in the squad over the summer and have real strength and depth.

"They made eight changes in the week and came out of it with a win over Mansfield. I'd imagine a lot of the players who were left out in the midweek will return tomorrow.

"It means they'll be fresh-legged. It is a new challenge for us against one of the favourites and it is a game we're looking forward to.

"The players are ready for the game and they're relishing the test Sheffield will bring." 

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