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"I've never hid from it once. I'm as driven as ever and defiant. We're ready for the challenge." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

19 February 2015

The City boss admitted the small break in the season has given him and his squad a chance to reflect on the season so far...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has sent out a defiant message that he is ready for the challenge from now until the end of the season.

The Sky Blues boss has been working with his team over the past week ahead of the trip to Bramall Lane on Saturday to face Sheffield United.

Pressley's side are set to be backed by a large travelling support in Yorkshire as they look to build on the 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United.

Ahead of the weekend's game, Pressley stated he will not hide from the challenge the team faces with the club sitting in 20th position in the league table.

Pressley said: "I've been here two years and faced every possible challenge. I've never hid from it once. I'm as driven as ever and defiant. I'm ready for whatever comes my way.

"The challenge is very similar to what happened at Falkirk but it was turned around there. At this moment, they've got great stability and a terrific set-up because of foundations which was put in place.

"Let's make no mistake about it, every decision which I have made hasn't been in the best interest of my career but in the best interests of this football club. All of the aspects and decisions have been made in the best interests of this football club. 

"I know how close we are to being in a situation where this club can grow again. We've got a really difficult period to get through to the summer and me and my staff will work tirelessly from now until that point."

It'll be the Sky Blues' first game in 11 days as Bradford City's progress in the FA Cup meant the squad enjoyed a weekend break from league action.

Pressley admitted the small break has given the City squad a chance to reflect and work on what is needed to get through the upcoming challenge.

He added: "I love these challenges. One thing about me is I'm not frightened by adversity. 

"For two years, this club has faced challenge after challenge and we've come through it. The next few months are just another challenge and we'll come through it.

"We've had the chance to reflect the past couple of weeks and work on the training ground on the things we feel we were lacking during matches.

"The group is much closer to where we want them to be. The performances have improved and the attitude from the players has been brilliant. We're ready for the challenge." 

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