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"With 16 games to go, we've got to ensure our survival in this league. We now know we're in a battle." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

20 February 2015

The City boss also admitted Blair Turgott and George Thomas can provide the first team with a valuable option ahead of Blades clash...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has backed his players to ensure the club's survival in League One ahead of the weekend's game against Sheffield United.

The Sky Blues are just a point above the League One drop-zone, but with a game in hand on three of the bottom-four sides.

City travel to Bramall Lane looking to get their first win since the 2-0 win over Walsall in January and claim six points over the Blades following the 1-0 win at the start of the season.

Blair Turgott and George Thomas have both performed well for the Under-21s and Pressley admitted they could provide him with an option tomorrow.

Pressley said: "Blair's close to being involved at the moment and he has shown a great appetite in training which is extremely important.

"We've had a good time on the training pitch which has been invaluable for the players to understand the system more in depth and help them settle with the squad.

"He will be involved in the squad on Saturday and he can make an impact from now until the end of the season. Also, it's important to note the progress of George Thomas.

"He's been outstanding and come off the bench in the last two games, and done really well. I've been delighted with his recent progress as it is another Academy product." 

Sheffield United are currently fifth in the League One table and have won their last three matches, including a 2-1 win over Notts County on Tuesday.

Pressley admitted that the Blades have plenty of strength in depth but said his players now know they're in a relegation battle.

He added: "They have strengths all over the pitch, they paid good money for Matt Done in the transfer window from Rochdale and he has brought additional speed to their attack.

"They've got really good players in the wide areas, especially Jamie Murphy. Me and Neil went to watch them and we were extremely impressed with what we saw.

"They have very good players, there is no doubt about that but also, so do we. If we go there and have no fear, believe in our performance, we can get a result.

"With 16 games to go, we've got to ensure our survival in this league. If we didn't know we were in a battle in the end of the table, we know now."

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