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"We've got to try and bring other teams into it. We've got to start to act and win games." - Coventry City's Chris Stokes

13 March 2015

The City defender also believes he has got much match sharper and his fitness has improve during his time at the club...

Coventry City defender Chris Stokes has urged the City squad to bring other teams into the League One relegation battle.

The Sky Blues are currently preparing for the trip to the Proact Stadium to face Chesterfield with City in 20th position in the League One table.

City are four points away from Notts County in 19th position with Leyton Orient just two points off City in the League One drop-zone.

Stokes believes it is crucial to start bringing other teams into the relegation battle, starting with a win at Chesterfield tomorrow.

The 23-year old said: "It's hard not to look at the league position really as when you go on the internet, it is right there in your face. It doesn't look good.

"We've got to try and bring other teams into it as it currently looks like it is going to be four from five which isn't a good situation to be in.

"The only way we're going to do that is by winning games. It is important to push up the table but we need to concentrate on our own performance.

"You look around the squad and there is more than enough quality to keep this team up. We've got to start to act and tomorrow is a big game for all of us."

Stokes is set to play a further two games of his current loan spell, against Chesterfield and Fleetwood, before the club decides whether to keep the player until the end of the season.

Having enjoyed his time here, Stokes believes he has got much sharper and fitter since his first game for the club against Sheffield United.

He added: "I'm feeling much better now. I hadn't played for about a month before I came here and had actually done a huge running session the day before the Sheffield United game.

"It was all very last minute so I didn't want to tell the gaffer otherwise I wouldn't have got a game. It has been tough as it is a big step up but I'd like to think I'm coping with it well.

"The game is a lot sharper at this level and you don't get as much time on the ball as you do at Conference level. I've been getting much sharper and I've got to keep it up.

"I've already said I've love to stay so I've got to use these next two games to prove my worth to the team."

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