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"We all understand the manager’s anger; it’s not been good enough over the past few weeks." Coventry City's John Fleck.

14 November 2014

The midfielder wants to see City pick up results without playing well and is happy to continue playing on the left-hand-side...

Coventry City midfielder John Fleck has admitted that performances over the past few weeks have "not been good enough."

The Sky Blues crashed out of the FA Cup on Sunday to Worcester City, but responded on Wednesday night by beating League Two side Plymouth Argyle in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The Scot also added that City didn’t play well on Wednesday night but still got the result, something he has urged his team-mates to continue over the coming weeks.

“It’s been a weird week obviously Sunday was an embarrassment,” Fleck said.

“We came back with a decent win without playing particularly well on Wednesday night to respond and we had to - Sunday was unacceptable from all aspects, the result could have been a lot worse too so we had to win the game on Wednesday and keeping a clean sheet is always good.

“The manager didn’t say much before the game because we all knew what had to be done. We all understand the manager’s anger; it’s not just about Sunday because it’s not been good enough over the past few weeks.

“We need to keep it simple and get a few wins regardless of the performance. We need to get up the league table and if that means playing ugly to win that’s what we have to do.”

Fleck, who started the season in the centre of midfield, has been shifted to the left-hand side for the last few games.

But the 23-year-old, who has made 18 appearances this season, has said he is happy to play where the manager tells him and with players starting to adapt and reach form, Fleck hopes the team can move on from a mixed week.

The former Rangers player said: “I prefer to play in the centre, but I don’t mind playing on the left.

“Wherever the manager tells you to play, you have to play and give it your all and I am no different. I’ve played on the left before, I’m happy to do it for the team.

“On Saturday against Notts County, the pitch will be terrible, but you’ve got to deal with it. That’s where you have players like Gary Madine and Frank Nouble who can hold the ball up, particularly on that surface and with players starting to come back and grow in confidence we need to move on  and get results.

“Obviously we want to play well but with the pitch and recent weeks, the results are what matter the most. If we get the win we’ll all be happy and we need to continue moving on and getting up the league.”

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