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"I admire the way Danny Pugh plays. The new signings have made a great impact." - Coventry City's Jordan Clarke

31 July 2014

The City defender has also revealed everyone is in the squad is fighting for a starting spot against Bradford City...

Coventry City defender Jordan Clarke has heaped praise on City's new defensive duo Reda Johnson and Danny Pugh. 

The 22-year old started in last night's 1-0 victory over Championship side Watford as City continue their preparations for the 2014/15 League One season.

City boss Steven Pressley started Clarke at right wing-back in the 3-5-2 formation with Jordan Willis switching to centre-back as Pressley assesses his options in defence.

Summer signings Reda Johnson and Danny Pugh also started in defence last night and Clarke has been delighted with the impact the two defenders have made.

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The Coventry-born defender said: "They've both settled in really well. Reda (Johnson) is obviously a big presence in defence and he'll frighten anyone.

"He has got great size and experience so he has definitely added a bit of strength to the defence. Danny Pugh is very unorthedox but I actually admire the way he plays.

"He is so smart in and out of possession. I've been watching him play during the pre-season and he has been great to watch as you can just tell he is very experienced.

"He showed tonight how consistent he is and I really admire him at the moment. It has been great to see them settle in."

The Sky Blues will travel to the Memorial Stadium on Friday night to face Conference side Bristol Rovers and then to the Lamax Stadium on Saturday to face League Two side Stevenage as part of City's pre-season programme.

With nine days remaining until the start of the League One season at Bradford City, Clarke admits he is counting down the days.

He added: "We've got games coming thick and fast at the moment. We all want to get our fitness up and there is no better way to do that then playing games.

"We all want to stay fit as well and not pick up any injuries. We've all got one eye on the Bradford game and everyone in the squad is pushing for a starting spot, even some of the younger lads.

"I'm counting down the days. We need to fine tune our game and our tactics. The next two games will help us do that and I'm sure when the start of the season comes around, we'll be ready to go."

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