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"We can mix it with the best teams in this division. We'll be looking for back-to-back wins." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

19 August 2014

The City boss also admitted he believes new signing Simeon Jackson possesses the qualities needed to bring success this season...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes his side have proved they are capable of 'mixing it' with the top teams in League One ahead of tonight's game against Barnsley.

The Sky Blues go into the game against the Tykes having recorded their first win of the 2014/15 League One season against Sheffield United at the weekend when Jim O'Brien's second-half header won the game for City.

Barnsley travel to Sixfields tonight having won their first game of the season at the weekend against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. 

Danny Wilson's Tykes were relegated from the Championship last season and Pressley believes his side are more than capable of beating the very best in the division.

The City boss said: "Barnsley have got a lot of Championship quality in the side and they've made a lot of good signings, including Leroy Lita who scored at the weekend.

"They will present a difficult test for us but I think the weekend's game proved that we are more than capable of mixing it with the very best in the division.

"Barnsley are still finding their feet in the division but I'm sure we'll all be expecting to see them right up there at the end of the season.

"We proved at the weekend that we're capable of matching these top teams and there is no reason why we shouldn't be looking for back-to-back wins."

The Sky Blues snapped up former Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson yesterday to bolster Pressley's options up front.

The City boss admitted he was delighted with the capture and he believes Jackson has the qualities which could help achieve success this season.

He added: "I'm delighted with the signing as we've a player who not only has experience of scoring goals at this level but at Championship and Premier League level.

"I think there was a few moments in the game when you thought we could have got in behind if we had a bit more speed and Simeon possesses that quality.

"It adds competition in the striker area and that is something I've desperately wanted. I think we've built a really good squad.

"We've got four very good strikers at the club now which is necessary throughout a season. I think the Barnsley game will come too soon for him as he isn't quite match-fit but we'll keep working with him."

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