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'We needed to sign players' - Thomas

7 February 2014

City midfielder Conor Thomas has also revealed Nathan Delfouneso has been surprised at the hard work in training...

Coventry City midfielder Conor Thomas has praised the impact of new signings Nathan Delfouneso and Mark Marshall.

The Aston Villa striker signed on loan until the end of the season and made his debut in the 2-1 win over Bristol City, flicking on Carl Baker's corner at the near post for Andy Webster to tap home the second goal.

Marshall came off the bench for captain Baker in the second-half and made a lively impact, making a number of runs up-field to relieve pressure on the defence.

Thomas, who played the full 90 minutes against Bristol City, has praised the impact they had on the game.

The City midfielder said: "It was good to see them play and I thought they both did really well in the game.

"Nathan has been really lively in training and says he can't believe the hard work we put in every day. 

"He didn't really get any opportunities but worked really hard and made some really good runs which helped out the side.

"Mark was really lively when he came on and really helped us out because he took a lot of pressure off the defence at crucial times."

Dylan McGeouch joined the club on loan until the end of the season from Celtic and he is set to be involved against Notts County after missing the Bristol City game with illness.

Thomas believes it was a major boost to the side when the squad saw new players come into the building.

He added: "The whole squad knew we needed a few more players in the building because we've always operated from a small squad and it's a long season.

"With Leon (Clarke) leaving and Callum (Wilson) injured, we knew it was important to bring in a forward so we were delighted to see Nathan turn up.

"We have got a few new players in the building now and that is only going to help us for the rest of the season.

"They'll look like very good signings and they all seem to have something to offer."
  

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