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'It's a huge challenge' - Pressley

21 March 2014

The City manager believes his City side can play with freedom at Brentford...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes City's trip to Griffin Park will present 'a huge challenge' as his side prepare to face high-flying Brentford.

The Sky Blues go into the game looking to build on their impressive performance in the 2-2 draw against Port Vale at Sixfields.

Brentford have had a fantastic season and are currently on a run of just one defeat in 25 League One matches as they look to strengthen their automatic promotion challenge.

The City boss believes his side has prepared for the trip to West London in the right way and that they are up for the challenge.

Pressley said: "I think the players took a lot of confidence out of the game against Port Vale. We battled back to get a point but there were a lot of aspects to our play which deserved all three.

"It is a huge challenge. I spoke to my staff earlier about the enormous budget they've got down there. That's fine to have an enormous budget but it is how you use that money.

"We often see teams with a big budget fail to succeed so you have to applaud the way Brentford have gone about their business and that is why they've had a successful season.

"The budget they have is probably around four or five times the size of our budget but that doesn't mean we can't win the game. As we have often proved this season, we are more than up for any challenge."

Uwe Rosler's Brentford recorded a 2-0 victory against the Sky Blues at Sixfields in September. 

Rosler left the Bees for Championship side Wigan Athletic in December and former Sporting Director Mark Warburton replaced him as first-team manager.

Pressley continued: "Obviously, since we last played them, Mark Warburton is now in charge and he has done really well to continue the progress.

"He has kept the same system and they haven't dropped off which can often happen when the manager changes.

"They've got the second-best home form in the league so it was always going to be difficult for us but I've seen a lot of positive signs from us over the last few games.

"The pressure will be off us as not many people will be expecting us to get a result and that means we can play with a little more freedom."


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