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'Relegation is a danger' - Pressley

26 March 2014

The City boss wants to see his side improve on the physicality in the game ahead of Stevenage tonight...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has stressed that City aren't immune from relegation ahead of tonight's clash against Stevenage.

The Sky Blues have nine games remaining but sit in 18th position in the League One table, just three points off the relegation zone.

City have struggled lately with recent defeats against Brentford and Gillingham, despite a battling point against Port Vale at Sixfields on March 16th.

With Graham Westley's side at Sixfields tonight and a trip to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, Pressley wants everyone to be at their very best for the Sky Blues.

The City boss said: "There is no doubt in anyone's mind at the club how vital the next five or six weeks are in terms of the future of this football club.

"This week, with the two games we have, is extremely important. I can talk here about tactics and everything else all I want. The real proof is out there on the pitch.

"There is no doubt in my mind that we need to toughen up. A huge part of winning a game is the mentality and the heart. Everyone needs to show that in the coming weeks.

"Every player needs to be at our best and if someone isn't, I want to see other players pointing the finger and not accepting less."

Without the ten point deduction, the Sky Blues would be sitting comfortably in 10th position in the League One table, six points outside the play-offs with a game in hand.

However, City finds themselves in a difficult position in the table and Pressley says the club could be relegated if the results don't improve.

He added: "If we don't toughen up, we're in big danger. Of course, we can be relegated. This is the reality we are faced with.

"The players might not deserve to be in this position but we're in it so we've got to deal with it. My criticism has never been the attitude of the players.

"My criticism is in terms of standing up the game and the physicality it demands. Winning your one-on-one battles. Taking the responsibility.

"The work-rate and the passing ability have never been in question but we have to improve with the battling aspect of the game. 

"Stevenage are a very physical team and they will provide a major test of the things we need to improve on." 

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