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"When you're not in the team you have to keep doing your work and hope for a chance, luckily I got that." - Coventry City's Conor Thomas

10 January 2015

Sky Blues midfielder happy to be in the first team again after a period out of the side and is looking forward to the clash with table-topping Swindon on Monday…

Coventry City midfielder Conor Thomas expressed his delight at getting back into the Coventry City side after a period out of the first team, as well as praising the news that fellow midfielder John Fleck has signed a new 18-month contract.

Aside from featuring in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Plymouth, Thomas last turned out for the Sky Blues in the 3-2 win over Peterborough in October. However he got his chance in the 0-0 draw against Chesterfield and started last time out in the 2-0 win over Walsall.

The 21-year old is now fully focused on keeping his place, as well as Monday's game at the Ricoh Arena against Swindon Town in front of the Sky cameras.

"It was around 12 weeks since I last started a game," he said.

"It was hard. When you're not in the team you have to keep doing your work and hope for a chance and fortunately it came.

"It can be tough mentally but you just have to stay positive. Fortunately the lads in the dressing room and the people at home have all been good to me and helped me stay positive.

"We as a team have looked more solid in the last few weeks, we're doing okay but we're not getting the right results all the time. Monday is going to be a very tough game against Swindon but it will be a good test.

"They are a good passing team with some very quick players. The first goal will be crucial in my opinion, if we get it we can really push on.

"We have had some good performances at the Ricoh, hopefully we can pick up more wins though as we have been drawing a lot. Those extra points could be crucial at the end of the season."

Thomas has played the last two games alongside John Fleck, who signed a new deal this week. The former Liverpool loanee praised the news, stating that the extra competition for those midfield places benefits everyone involved.

He continued: "It was great to see Flecky sign a new contract, it gives a lift to everyone.

"Everyone knows how good a player he is. I think we play well together, we have a good understanding of one another which helps.

"With all the midfield guys, it's all friendly competition, but at the end of the day we all want a first team place."

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