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Steven Pressley on player contracts

28 March 2014

The Sky Blues boss hopes to see the side build on the win in midweek over Stevenage...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has revealed the club aren't currently in contract talks with Joe Murphy and Franck Moussa.

City are currently preparing to face Crewe Alexandra tomorrow as they look to record back-to-back victories at Gresty Road.

The Sky Blues secured a 1-0 victory over Stevenage in midweek, where both Franck Moussa and Joe Murphy started for Pressley's side.

The two players are out of contract in the summer and whilst the City boss has said there has been initial contact with the player's agents, the main focus is on the pitch with five weeks to go in the season.

Answering whether contract talks are taking place, Pressley said: "Not at this moment. I've spoke to both players and Steve Waggott has spoke to both of the agents. 

"At this moment in time, we're not currently focusing on that. There is a situation we need to get out of at the moment and I want the concentration levels to be on the pitch.

"Everybody at this football club has to focus on ensuring our survival this year."

With the win in midweek, the Sky Blues are currently placed in 16th position in League One, six points above the relegation zone.

Crewe are five points behind City in the League One table which makes the tie at Gresty Road an important fixture for both sides.

The City boss has spoke of his admiration for the Alex but believes City can get the vital result they need.

He added: "They have a lot of threats we've got to consider. Brad Inman has been a great player for them this season and Chuks Aneke is a big threat for them.

"He likes to get forward but can also control the game from midfield so we have to be alive to that. They've got several great young players which they've brought through their Academy.

"I'm a big admirer of their model as they work tirelessly to bring through fantastic young players and I'm sure a lot of clubs are looking to follow their example.

"We've got to try and build on the result in midweek. There were moments we could improve on defensively even though we kept a clean sheet. 

"There is no reason why we can't win the game. Let's build on the clean sheet but work on the way we went forward in midweek to get the right result tomorrow."


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