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"In midweek our game-management was excellent, there has to be a similar mentality in tomorrow’s game." Coventry City's Steven Pressley

14 November 2014

The City boss also praised Gary Madine as the striker continues to gain fitness, saying that we haven't seen the best of him yet...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley praised his defensive unit for their game management against Plymouth in midweek.

The Sky Blues manager was pleased with his defenders’ decision-making as they kept a clean-sheet against Argyle on the poor Ricoh Arena surface and wants them to continue in the same vein against Notts County on Saturday.

"The decision-making of our defenders were good,” Pressley said.
 
“We defended certain situations like defenders should. You've got to make the right decision in where to play. I want to see my team play football in the opposition's half, but we've got to defend in ours.
 
"I thought our game-management was excellent. Our decision-making sometimes hasn't been great but we need to make a decision where to be a proper defender and where to play.
 
"Andy Webster, in particular, knew when to play and when to defend it and just play it up the park. Sometimes, it may not look particularly pretty but it has to be done especially on that pitch. We have to continue that against Notts County this weekend."

The City boss was also pleased with striker Gary Madine’s performance on Wednesday night, but maintains that we still haven’t seen the best from the striker as he approaches full fitness.

While Pressley was keen to emphasise he was pleased with the response of his players on Wednesday, he has urged them to continue improving as they seek redemption for Sunday’s FA Cup defeat.

The manager added: “Gary gives us a focal point and that link play we’ve craved since the absence of Leon Clarke. He lead the line brilliantly on Wednesday and he’s adapting to the standards we require. He will only get better.

“We’ve still got many steps to take at this club and the moment we think we have arrived we have a problem. The response was good on Wednesday but it was what I expect.

“There has to be a similar mentality in tomorrow’s game against Notts County, they’re a very good side who have only been defeated once in their last eleven games so it’s going to be another real test and it has to be one we are ready for.”


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