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"I just take the hit. It won't stop me playing the way I do as I've always experienced it." - Coventry City midfielder Jim O'Brien

26 September 2014

The City midfielder has also revealed he believes Preston North End proves how tough League One is this season...

Coventry City midfielder Jim O'Brien has revealed he doesn't the close attention he receives in midfield ahead of the game against Preston North End.

The City midfielder has played 90 minutes in all eight of City's League One games this season following his summer free transfer from Barnsley.

O'Brien has been on the wrong end of some close attention by the opposition this season but he says it is part of the game.

The midfielder said: "I don't mind the close attention. It is something you've got to get used to in football where the midfielders will always come under pressure.

"The way we play, we're always going to get a few tackles in a game and we've got to get on with it.

"With the three central midfielders, we always get a little bit more attention and because we're always looking to play in behind, it's going to happen.

"I just take the hit. It won't stop me playing the way I do as I've always experienced it. I expect it to continue throughout the season."

The Sky Blues return to the Ricoh Arena to play Preston North End and he believes Preston prove how difficult League One is.

He added: "We're looking forward to playing at the Ricoh Arena again this weekend. We've started well there and I think we're all still boosted by the first game back.

"We've got to look to go on another unbeaten run as the two games haven't been the result we want. 

"I think we've deserved more out of the two games and we had chances at Rochdale. We should have got a point. They were a good side but they didn't create many chances.

"Preston are a big club and it'll be a tough game. I think it shows how tough this league is when you've got teams like Preston in it."

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