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"Winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy is a distinct possibility. We're taking it very seriously." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

7 October 2014

The City boss has also praised the job Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale has done with the Grecians after four straight wins...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy is a 'distinct possibility' ahead of the Exeter City game tonight.

The Sky Blues head into the second round clash against the in-form League Two side tonight at the Ricoh Arena having beat Wycombe Wanderers in the first round.

City are set to hand a start to goalkeeper Lee Burge for the game against the Grecians with strikers Frank Nouble and Marcus Tudgay doubtful with injury concerns.

Having reached the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final during the 2012/13 season, Pressley wants to see City make 'serious' progress in the competition.

Pressley said: "It is an important competition to us. We want to progress in every cup competition but this competition is different to us than the League Cup and the FA Cup.

"With the other two cup competitions, we like to go as far as we can but winning the competitions would be very difficult for us.

"With the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, winning the competition is a distinct possibility for us. It can build excitement around the football club.

"Momentum is also very important and it gives us a chance to pick up an important win so we can bring that into the league."

Exeter City are currently in 14th position in League Two having won the last four games, including wins over  Bury and Tranmere Rovers.

Paul Tisdale is the second-longest serving manager in the Football League, behind Arsenal's Arsene Wenger, and Pressley has praised the job the Exeter boss has done.

He added: "They had a difficult start to the season but are the in-form team in League Two having won their last four matches so it will be a tough test.

"They play 3-4-3 so they're set up to attack and also have a lot of exciting youngsters coming through their Academy which is great to see.

"Paul Tisdale is one of the longest serving managers in the Football League and he's done a smashing job there. They like to pass the ball and play the game in the right way.

"They're a club who try and do things in the right way. It is a game we need to win and competition football always adds a different challenge."

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