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"The injury situation isn't a crisis. I'm expecting other members in the squad to step up." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

10 October 2014

The City boss has also backed Alex manager Steve Davis with his team at the bottom of the League One table...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has stated the current injury situation is 'not a crisis but a challenge' as City face Crewe Alexandra this weekend.

The Sky Blues travel to Gresty Road on the back of their impressive 3-1 win over Exeter City in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday.

City are looking for their first away league win this season at Crewe, a place where the Sky Blues recorded a 2-1 victory last season.

City have a number of injury concerns ahead of the game with captain Reda Johnson and striker Frank Nouble doubts for the trip but Pressley says the squad should respond in the right way.

The City boss said: "I've always said during my time here that the things I control are the things which worry me. We can't do anything about the current injury problem.

"This isn't a crisis but a challenge. It means certain players in the squad will have to step up into the first-team and we want to see them take their chance.

"Aaron Phillips recently came into the side and took his chance really well so we want to see others do exactly the same. Other players need to follow that example.

"There will be a few players who will have to step up but as long as the players who come into the side do what we expect, we should have a positive result."

Crewe have endured a difficult start to the 2014/15 League One season as the Alex are currently bottom of the table on four points.

The Alex have won just one game this season but Pressley is still expecting a difficult test from the league's bottom side.

He added: "They've always been a good side who like to play the game the right way but they're struggling with their league form at the moment.

"Crewe heavily rely on their Academy and they've got a manager in Steve Davis who I think is excellent. He will bring them through this difficult form.

"They will be determined to get some results on the board so anything short of our maximum performance will put us in danger of a negative result.

"This league has proved that any team can beat anyone else. We continually see that so we've got to be ready for a difficult game."

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