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"The manager has come in and made us more attacking, he wants me to get forward more with the ball." - Coventry City's Adam Barton

13 April 2015

The Sky Blues midfielder is happy with City's new attacking style of player and praises Reda Johnson after his return to the City defence on Saturday…

Coventry City midfielder Adam Barton expressed his delight at the Sky Blues' new attacking philosophy and is desperate to get his name on the score sheet before the season ends.

Since manager Tony Mowbray has arrived at the club City have only failed to score in two matches, something that is down to the team's new mentality according to the 24-year old.

Barton revealed that he is looking to get forward with the ball more, something that goes in line with the managers instructions to the playmaker.

"The gaffer has been making changes on the attacking side of things," he said. "And it has been paying dividends. We have made much more chances for ourselves.

"Before I thought that we played quite defensively but since the new manager has come in we are shooting more often and playing up the other end of the pitch.

"He is telling me to get forward more with the ball and not to turn back so much. Hopefully this means that I can get some more chances in front of goal.

"I want to put the ball in the net between now and the end of the season. But any goal counts and it was a massive three points Saturday.

"I am enjoying myself and it's always nice to feel wanted. I don't know what will happen with the manager between now and the end of the season but there are lots more other things to worry about, such as Oldham tomorrow!"

Barton had praise for goalkeeper Lee Burge and defender Reda Johnson after Saturday's game, particularly the latter who completed 90 minutes for the first time in three months.

Johnson has not been on the losing side of any league game that he has played 90 minutes in since the opening day of the season and Barton feels that the Benin international is a big player for the Sky Blues.

He continued: "Lee Burge is a big part of the team now. He comes for crosses and is confident and in League One you need a goalkeeper like that.

"Teams in this division will create a lot of chances and Lee is on form at the moment and he is paying with confidence.

"It is rare that you see the kind of influence that Reda has had on the team but it shows that he is important to us.

"He's been injured for most of the season and has got a fair bit of stick but he is a good team player, he will talk to us before the game and he gets the young lads pumped up and ready to go.

"His presence and physicality are a big plus. You can rely on him at the back to get a crucial header or win a big tackle and those attributes are priceless."

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