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"We will be ready for Bradford City on Saturday," - Steven Pressley

2 August 2014

Sky Blues boss says he has been pleased with the progress made in pre-season despite capping off friendlies with defeat to Stevenage

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley says his squad will be ready and raring to go for the start of the 2014/15 League One campaign next weekend despite capping off their round of pre-season friendlies with a 2-1 defeat to Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium.

Two second half penalties from Roarie Deacon gave the Boro a healthy cushion and although Marcus Tudgay halved the gap with his second strike of pre-season the Sky Blues could not find an equaliser against Graham Westley's side.

Pressley said: "I think today showed that for some players they have a little way to go. I was obviously delighted with last night's performance against Bristol Rovers and I think that performance typified everything we've been working towards.

"We looked a little bit lethargic today though in our play and some players looked like they were trying to get their sharpness and their top fitness and there's several still a little bit of work to do between now and next Saturday.

"I'm still pleased with the way this week has gone though. All of the players have worked really hard and come next week we will be ready no matter who plays."

The Sky Blues boss named a completely changed line-up to the one that beat the Gas at the Memorial Stadium on Friday and had to make a last minute change after defenders Dan Seaborne and Andy Webster had to withdraw with respective hamstring and back injuries.

"We had to make a couple of adjustments because of injuries to Dan and Andy but young Devon Kelly-Evans came in and did really well for someone so young.

"We're obviously disappointed to lose the game but the players have had to adjust to the 3-5-2 system and I think they've stood up to mmost things within that system.

"Over the course of the pre-season we've made good progress, we've identified our strengths and how we can utilise them."

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