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"It presents a challenge but good footballers can play on any pitch and still get results.” – Coventry City manager Steven Pressley

12 September 2014

The City boss has also urged his players to push for places as the competition in the squad intensifies ahead of the Glovers clash…

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has revealed the Ricoh Arena pitch will not compromise City's passing style ahead of the Yeovil Town game.

The Sky Blues go into the game on a six-game unbeaten run having won their first game back at the Ricoh Arena against Gillingham last Friday.

Frank Nouble scored the match-winner for City on his debut as the competition up front intensifies as Simeon Jackson returned from international duty today.
 
Having made 13 summer signings before the transfer window closed, Pressley admitted he has competition for places for every position.

The City boss said: "We've worked with Frank Nouble on the training pitch to try and get him up to the standard we require.

"He had a dream debut but he hadn't played many games before he joined the club so he is still some way off from where we need him to be.

"That will come with games though. Everyone is pushing for positions at the moment and if someone doesn't perform to the levels we expect in any game, then there will be someone else to step into the position.

"It is a great headache to have. We've got a squad which you require to be competitive for the entire season.
 
"In particular, we've got a lot of options up front which means, if necessary, we can switch it around based on the type of opposition we're playing against."

The Sky Blues face a week away from home after the Yeovil Town game with a trip to Scunthorpe on Tuesday followed by the weekend visit to Rochdale.

Following the win against Gillingham, questions were raised on the state of the Ricoh Arena pitch but Pressley dashed away any concerns that it will affect City's style.

He added: "We won't compromise the style. I want us to continue to play and I've brought players in who can play the passing game we look for at this club.

"Sometimes, when the pitches aren't in the best condition, which can happen in this division, if your mentality is right, you can still play the right way.

"When you look at the pitch on Friday night, it is probably the poorest pitch we've played on this season but for the first 35 minutes, our passing was the best I've seen this season.

"It presents a challenge but good footballers can play on any pitch and still get results. I'm sure if we can repeat that first 35 minutes for the whole game against Yeovil, we'll get the result we need."

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