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"There’s a good atmosphere in the stadium on a matchday and we can feel it on the pitch. It's nice to be doing well for them." Jim O'Brien

20 November 2015

The Sky Blues midfielder is pleased that the fans are enjoying their football again and speaks about the confidence in the camp and team selection...

Coventry City midfielder Jim O’Brien believes that the "good feeling" within the City around the football club is rubbing off on the players.

The Sky Blues head into the Gillingham game at the Ricoh Arena not only unbeaten at home, but unbeaten in their last eight league games.

O’Brien admits that the feel good factor from the stands at the Ricoh Arena makes it way down to the players on the pitch and the Scot maintains that there is an excellent atmosphere in the training ground ahead of Saturday’s game.

"There is a great feeling at the moment in the City,” O’Brien said.

"There’s a good atmosphere in the stadium on a matchday and we can feel it on the pitch. 

"The support when we weren’t doing well last year was brilliant - they kept coming back and the fans deserve what they’re seeing at the minute. It’s nice to do it for them.

"Gillingham last year was the biggest crowd and it’s nice to see them enjoying their football again.

"We’re confident, everyone at the training ground is enjoying it, there are no egos and we all get along well. It’s good at the moment and we have be professional to keep it going."

O’Brien has had to be patient at times this season and has been in and out of the side. But the 28-year old has been in impressive form of late, starting the last four games.

The City midfielder admits it is frustrating when you’re not picked but praised the manager for his approach to selection as the forward players have been kept fresh.

He continued: "The manager’s doing a great job, we’ve found a winning philosophy while keeping people fresh - mainly the forward lads. 

"It’s been a little bit stop start personally for me, I’ve played maybe three or four different positions but I don’t mind as long as I’m in the team! The team doing well is the most important thing.

"It does get you down when you don’t play, you want to play every game. You prepare properly, enjoy your training and when you get to a matchday and you’re not playing it’s disappointing. 

"But things can change quickly and I played against Peterborough, played and did alright. After then I’ve done alright. 

"We have three games this week, I might not play all three and I can live with that, we’ve got a good set of front players so no-one can grumble if they’re out of the team, it’s part and parcel and the manager is keeping people fresh."

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