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"I am very happy to be here. I've got to repay the faith Steven Pressley has shown in me." - Coventry City's Reda Johnson

4 November 2014

The City defender has also praised the City support following his early exit in the 2-2 draw at Leyton Orient on Saturday...

Coventry City captain Reda Johnson has admitted his pride in playing for the club having joined the Sky Blues in the summer.

Johnson joined from Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer and was almost immediately installed as club captain.

The former Owl has already made 10 appearances for the side this season but will miss the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Plymouth Argyle through international duty with Benin next week.

The 26-year old has been hugely influential at the heart of the Sky Blues defence and hopes to repay the confidence City manager Steven Pressley has shown in him.

“I am very happy to be here,” Reda said.

“Coventry is a very big club with a big fan base and family atmosphere – everyone has been great with me since I arrived here.

“Getting the captaincy early on was an honour, it gave me a lot of confidence and the manager showed me a lot of respect in doing that, so I have to repay that by giving 100% every single day.”

The City defender recently returned to action for the Sky Blues following a three-match ban and an injury, where he helped inspire a dramatic come-back in the 3-2 win over Peterborough United.

Johnson, who first came to England with Plymouth in 2009, compared the current situation at the Sky Blues to that of his former club Sheffield Wednesday – and believes that City will continue to progress now they are back at the Ricoh Arena.

He added: “I’ve had a similar sort of experience with Sheffield Wednesday, another big club who had a really good fanbase, and are probably in a false position.

“Of course coming home to the Ricoh, it’s the most important thing for the fans, to get back home in their own stadium. 

“We’ve had some good results at home and hopefully that will continue. It was a bit frustrating for the first few games having to travel 35 miles but finally we get back home and now everything is clear.”

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