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'Clean sheet was important' - Pressley

2 March 2014

City boss gives his reaction to Sky Blues' point at home to Shrewsbury and first clean sheet in four months

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley said his side would build on the confidence of keeping their first clean sheet for four months in their 0-0 home draw with Shrewsbury Town.

The point ended a run of three consecutive defeats in the league for the Sky Blues and marked their first clean sheet since November and Pressley said in the absence of free-scoring form his team needed to find alternative ways to get results.

"Ithink the run of disappointing results of late has affected the confidence of the team. In the final third we weren't as potent as we have been but it was pleasing to end that run and we also kept out first clean sheet since November so it gives us a foundation to build on," he said.

"The players have been working exceptionally hard and confidence only comes from results and hopefully this is something we can take confidence from.

Pressley rung three changes to his side as his brought back long-term absentee Callum Wilson after he recovered from a shoulder injury but also went with a relatively unfamiliar full-back pairing of Jordan Clarke and Jordan Willis.

"I've looked at the stats over the past week in terms of advantage gained when pushing full backs into higher areas and what we've gained from that and what the return has been in comparison to the goals we've conceded.

"We've been losing far too many goals, we need to tighten up in that department and we have to look at the way we go about things because it's very obvious that the teams keeping clean sheets are the teams at the top end of the table. There's no doubt about that.

"If we're not scoring goals in the same prolific manner as we were at the start of the season then we have to look at getting results in a slightly different way."

The Sky Blues manager also took a moment to address the return of top scorer Wilson who got his first 90 minutes since suffering his shoulder injury at Rotherham on New Years Say.

"I thought Callum did very well. He looked really sharp although he obviously tired a bit towards the end. We've obviously not scored goals at the same rate in the last couple of months but if you look at any team who lose their top strikers there will be an effect.

"It's the first time in quite a while we've had two recognised strikers on the pitch and when Nathan Delfouneso returns, hopefully in midweek, we will have three to choose from which will give us greater attacking options."

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