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'The noise is just unreal' - Willis

8 January 2014

City defender Jordan Willis has also explained the measures he takes to prepare for games....

Coventry City defender Jordan Willis has labelled City's away support as 'crucial' to the progress the side make in the 2013/14 League One season.

The Sky Blues have been backed by the second highest away support in League One this season, with the average this season at an incredible 2161.

Over 2,600 fans traveled to Oakwell at the weekend and played a pivotal role as City fought back to record a 2-1 win over Championship side Barnsley in the FA Cup. 

The young defender praised the support of the City fans over the Christmas period and hopes it continues throughout the season.

Willis said: "It is incredible the support we are receiving on the road this season. It is crucial to us as they have really stuck with us this season.

"The noise they make is unreal and they just keep at it throughout the whole game. As you saw against Barnsley, it really lifts us when we are struggling.

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"When we go behind, it keeps us going and maybe part of the reason we have come back from behind quite a lot this season. They are just so noisy and wherever we go, our support is always louder than the home support."

The 19-year old has made 14 appearances for the City side this season and played 90 minutes in both the New Year's Day win at Rotherham and the FA Cup win at Barnsley, despite having just returned from a knee injury.

The Academy product admitted he has found it demanding but enjoyed his involvement with the first team over the New Year's period.

He added: "It is a really tough time in football and it is my first real involvement in it I suppose. You really have to look at your lifestyle outside of football and make sure you're using every minute getting ready for the next game.

"It is really good to get those games in though. Earlier on in the season, I had been struggling with cramp so I had to make sure I was doing the same stuff to prevent the cramp.

"It seems to be working. Playing at centre-half is a little bit less demanding than playing at right-back so I have been able to deal with it.

"In the last two games, I have felt my legs going in the last ten minutes but I have been able to grind through."  

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