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"The players have to take responsibility and make a difference. We need a reaction." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

16 January 2015

The City boss has urged his players to take on the responsibility to take their chances during the 90 minutes in Kent tomorrow..

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has stressed the importance of players 'making a difference' ahead of the weekend's trip to Gillingham.

The Sky Blues travel to Priestfield looking to continue their impressive away form in League One, having won three of the last four away games.

Pressley's side are currently in 18th position in the league following their disappointing home defeat against league-leaders Swindon Town on Monday.

The City boss wants to see his players take more responsibility in taking chances during the 90 minutes at Priestfield.

Pressley said: "We need a reaction. We need a mind-set where our players will look to make things happen. We need players to look to create chances.

"We work on so many aspects of play in training and look at how we're playing but the reality is, they need to make it happen.

"If you look at our goals this season, most of them will show a player taking the responsibility and making a difference.

"When we beat Peterborough at home, the three goals were created by people making things happen. That is how you win football matches and I want to see that responsibility in my players."

The club have had a difficult week with the 3-0 defeat against Swindon Town on Monday and the Under-18s suffered an 8-2 defeat against Manchester City.

Pressley admitted the club has had better weeks but says it makes the Gillingham trip even more important. 

He added: "It has been a difficult week but the one thing it continues to tell us is that it has to improve and we've got to keep working.

"We understand that and that is what motivates us. It is an important game for us as we need a response to Monday's game.

"We need to be the very best we can be. After the Walsall result, everyone was happy as it was a terrific result and a couple of days later against Swindon, it changes but that's football.

"Monday's game showed us we've still got a lot of work to do to get to the top of the league and we'll strive to do that.

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