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'New signings will provide major boost'

31 January 2014

The City boss has praised Walsall manager Dean Smith ahead of the crucial League One clash against the Saddlers...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley doesn't believe worries about the Sixfields pitch has distracted City from their preparations ahead of the Walsall match tomorrow.

The midweek fixture between Northampton and Rochdale was postponed in midweek due to a waterlogged pitch.

There is set to be a pitch inspection at 9.30pm tomorrow morning to see if the important League One clash against the Saddlers will go ahead. 

Despite the doubts over the fixture, the City manager believes his players are ready to get back to winning ways after the defeat against Leyton Orient on Tuesday.

Pressley said: "We will prepare how we always prepare and it isn't affecting our preparations at all, for what is a massive game against a very good Walsall team.

"If we aspirations to challenge at the top end of the league, we need to get three points. There is no doubt if we're at our best, we can do that.

"They are a very good side though and I have a lot of respect for the job Dean Smith is doing there. They come into the game on the back of a terrific result and performance at Notts County so it will be tough."

The Sky Blues are currently in 11th position in the League One table, 12 points outside the play-off positions.

Pressley believes the loan signings City have made will provide a major boost to City's play-off challenge.

He added: "It is a difficult league to predict as it is so tight. You have to look up and down because there aren't many points in it.

"We need to get back to winning ways. I didn't think it was a bad performance in midweek but there are still things we can improve on.

"Our possession wasn't great but maybe that was the Friday game at Arsenal taking it out of them. 

"With the signings we've made, I think that will prove to be a major boost to the side."


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