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"I relish challenges like this, we haven't ever won there in the league so that's our challenge." Coventry City manager Steven Pressley

6 February 2015

The City manager also talked about Lee Burge who is set to start at Deepdale tomorrow...

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley hopes the Sky Blues can arrest their run of form at Deepdale, which has seen City fail to win there in the league in the entire history of the fixture.

The Sky Blues travel to fourth-placed Preston North End on Saturday having failed to win in Lancashire in 17 league attempts, with seven draws and ten defeats.

But Pressley is looking forward to the challenge of facing up to those daunting statistics and believes City have a good chance of changing the records on Saturday.

"Preston are a promotion worthy side there is no doubt about that," Pressley said.

"They have invested heavily in the team and they are a very physical and robust side with a strong mentality.

"We have to stand up to the game, we've worked on certain tactical aspects but the biggest thing is can we stand up to the game.

"But I still think we can upset them, I have no doubt that I think with the speed in our side in particular we can cause them problems.

"We shouldn't fear them. I relish challenges like this I really do. They haven't failed to score at home this season, so lets stop them scoring. They have only lost once at home, so lets make it two. We haven't won there in the league, so that's our third challenge. We need to change those statistics and we're really looking forward to the game.

The Sky Blues look likely to be facing the Lilywhites at the weekend with Lee Burge in goal.

The young keeper is certain to start at Deepdale due to the absence of Jamie Jones, who cannot play in the game due to North End being his parent club.

But Pressley is confident that the 22-year old stopper can come into his own and admits he didn't put Burge back into the team after Ryan Allsop's departure as he wants to protect the young players at the club.

He added: "In terms of a goalkeeper and in terms of technical ability, Lee is first-class. Steve Ogrizovic has coached him extremely well, but the biggest test for a young keeper is mentality and character, can they deal with setbacks and mistakes.

"Obviously we can only find out in due course if that is case with Lee, but he has great confidence and all the attributes. Lees temprament has been tested and will be tested on Saturday.

"I spoke to him - as I mentioned the other week - about timing, when is the time to put him back in.

"When Ryan Allsop left Lee felt it was the right time, but I didn't with our current standing and the pressure on team. I have to make sure I protect our young players and that is why we brought Jamie in, but Lee is very excited about tomorrow and it is a real opportunity to say 'yes I am ready.'"

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