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"Chievo are an excellent side. We need to improve the final phases of attacking and defending." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

24 July 2014

The City boss has also been impressed with Shaun Miller's efforts on the Italian pre-season tour...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has stressed the importance of improving on the 'final phases of attacking and defending' following the 3-0 pre-season defeat to Chievo Verona.

The Serie A side scored three first-half goals through Christano Biraghi, Tomasz Kupisz and Sergio Pellissier to seal the win.

Danny Pugh had a chance to put City on the score-sheet and score his second goal in pre-season but his second half penalty was saved.

Having finished 16th in Serie A last season, the City boss has praised the quality of opposition and said he was pleased with some aspects of City's play.

Pressley said: "It was always going to be difficult for us but I thought our work-rate was exceptional. Our pressing game is really beginning to come through and the new lads are buying into it.

"They're an excellent side and in general play, we matched them. Their goals came from moments where we need to improve on our defending.

"We should have scored as we had chances during the game but it shows we just need to improve on the final phases of attacking and defending.

"Importantly, it is another game where the players have been able to gain more fitness and that is the most important part of pre-season." 

Summer signing Shaun Miller started for the Sky Blues against Chievo and the City boss has been impressed with the strikers attitude during the Italian tour.

He added: "I've been really pleased with Shaun Miller. He has shown the right attitude in training and scored against AS Roma B on Monday, a goal which he took really well.

"He played against Chievo Verona last night and showed a couple of moments of real quality in a difficult game. 

"He has really brought into the ethos at the club and I've been delighted with his efforts on the tour."

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