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"If we stay up there won't be any celebrations, Coventry City should not be at the bottom of League One." Coventry City's Jim O'Brien

1 May 2015

The Sky Blues skipper says that the team have to stand up and be counted on Sunday to keep City in League One...

Coventry City captain Jim O'Brien has stated there will "not be any celebrations" should the Sky Blues stay up against Crawley on Sunday.

City can stay up with just a draw on Sunday at the checkatrade.com stadium and whilst O'Brien obviously wants to help keep the Sky Blues in the league, he will refuse to celebrate as he believes a club like Coventry City should not be languishing at the bottom of the third tier.

"If we get a result on Sunday, brilliant, but there won't be any celebrations," the skipper said.

"A club like Coventry should not be down at the bottom of League One. We've been talking about it all season and it's wearing a bit thin now.

“There should have been pressure on the group months ago, it’s not been a great season at all. There has been no consistency, we’ve been down the bottom and got some results but we haven’t built on them. But now it is time to stand up and be counted. We have to get a result no matter what.”

O’Brien has experienced final day drama to avoid relegation before while he was with Barnsley as the Tykes stayed in the Championship in 2013 with a 2-2 draw to Huddersfield.

The Scot played 90 minutes in that game and wants to draw from that experience while admitting that the two clubs achievements should City stay up are not comparable.

He continued: “I’m no stranger to last day drama!

“Leading up to that game was special we went on some mad run and the belief in that squad was amazing. That was an achievement, because of the budget in the Championship and other teams around us and we battered Huddersfield that day.

“That was a real achievement but that will not be the case come Sunday, if we get a result we look forward to next season. I can’t draw comparisons; Barnsley in the Championship was an achievement regarding the teams were facing, budgets etc. Obviously I can draw from the experience.

“Ultimately we are at the wrong end with the Sky Blues and we can’t celebrate but have to look to next season. Obviously we want a result don’t get me wrong there is a real desire, but we have to move on from this season.”


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