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"It's tough to leave people out of the squad, but my job is to win matches." Coventry City's Tony Mowbray.

16 April 2015

The Sky Blues boss talks about Blair Turgott and Nick Proschwitz ahead of Saturday's game against Bristol City...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has admitted that it is tough to leave players out of the squad as the end of season looms.

Mowbray has had difficult decisions to make for his 18-man squads in recent weeks, particularly with Blair Turgott, who scored the winner against Peterborough, but has only played eight first team minutes since.

Mowbray wants the 20-year old and other members of his squad to show a reaction when they are left out and is pleased Turgott is reacting well and performing with the Under-21s.

"It's tough to leave people out of the squad, but my job is to win matches," Mowbray said.

"Like with Blair Turgott, he scored the winner against Peterborough and did very well. But he is a young boy and he has to learn what it takes to become a footballer.

"I couldn't get to the Leeds Under-21 game this week but he played his part in the game, he scored, he played people in, he hit the bar and he really affected the game. He likes to be on the ball and he's doing fine.

“I'm really pleased I've seen a reaction to him not being involved in the team and that's what I want to see from our young players and people who miss out on a matchday.”

One of those players who has worked his way back into contention has been Nick Proschwitz, as the Brentford loanee has started the last three consecutive games.

The German front-man is yet to score for the Sky Blues but Mowbray believes the number nine’s confidence has not been shattered despite a glaring miss against Colchester United last weekend.

He continued: "Nick Proschwitz's confidence is fine. He had a few issues when we arrived, but we're over that. He lives in London and it’s a difficult situation if you’re training and not having the reward of a match at the weekend.

“He's reacted professionally and we're started to see the fruits, he works so hard for the team.

"He's had a bit of bad fortune but that's football. If you keep going the goal will come. He is so clinical in training, he knows where the back of the net is, we just have to transfer that onto the pitch."

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