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"I never let myself believe we were going back to the Ricoh Arena. Hard to describe my emotions." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

4 September 2014

The City boss has also revealed praised the role of Chief Executive Steve Waggott in taking the club back to the Ricoh Arena...

Coventry City manager has revealed his delight for the club's players and staff ahead of the return to the Ricoh Arena tomorrow night.

The Sky Blues face Gillingham at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow night, with kick-off at 7.45pm, which will be the first game played in the City of Coventry since the end of the 2012/13 season.

City fans have been flocking to the CCFC Superstore this morning to buy their tickets for the game as it looks like a huge attendance will greet City's homecoming.

Despite the enormity of the occasion, Pressley has urged his City side to keep their heads on the game-plan and get the result the occasion deserves.

The City boss said: "Hard to describe how much we're looking forward to tomorrow night. The big thing is that we don't let the occasion over-shadow our performance. 

"The real challenge for us tomorrow night will be to not let the occasion disrupt our game-plan but I'm sure the fans will get right behind us and support us to the very end.

"It just shows how important the football club is to this city. We've had supporters camping outside the shop to get the last of the tickets which is incredible and we want to put on a show for those fans.

"I'm so excited for all the players and all the staff who have worked tirelessly for this football club during some difficult periods and it will be a night which shows the potential of this football club."

Since the announcement of the return to the Ricoh Arena, the Sky Blues drew 1-1 at Swindon Town and recorded a 3-2 win against Wycombe Wanderers in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy which means City are five games unbeaten going into the game.

Pressley believes the momentum the City side have built up has contributed to 'the feel good factor' at the club and has praised the role of Chief Executive Steve Waggott.

He added: "I never let myself believe we were going back to the Ricoh Arena. Steve Waggott deserves great credit for all the work he did in getting the club back.

"He realised how much it was hurting the fans and how important it was to the stability of this football club. I think Steve and myself are building the foundations that this club can be built on for the future.

"Going into the game, I said I wanted to build momentum going into the game and we're now five games unbeaten which is great as it has really lifted the place this week.

"There is a real feel good factor about the club at the moment. I don't think we've hit the heights of what we can do yet but I'm hoping with each game, the performances improves and we start picking up more wins."


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