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“I’ve never questioned the commitment of the players, we always knew it was a challenging situation." - Coventry City's Mark Venus

14 December 2016

The Sky Blues have faced Sheffield every year dating back to 2001, with yet another encounter billed for tomorrow night...

City will host the Blades under the lights tomorrow evening, live on Sky Sports as part of the channel's '10 in 10' initiative. 

As City prepare to face the division's second placed side, Venus remains focussed on his side's quest for points. 

“Like I said on Saturday, I come to work everyday with the purpose of helping this football club improve. I joined the club based on one aspect and that was football,” Venus said.

“That is definitively where it is at currently – we are all working hard behind the scenes and are fully focused on the challenge Sheffield United will pose.

“I fully understand the position we are in and the fans’ feelings towards it. It’s been a tough time for everybody, and certainly an experience, but the focus still remains on this team.

The away side have the chance to go equal top of League One with a win, while City can edge away from the relegation zone if they claim victory. 

The hectic festive period also includes ties against Bristol Rovers on Boxing Day, Peterborough on New Year's eve and Bolton in early Jan, with a total of twelve points up for grabs. 

Venus added: “It can work in two ways, they have obviously got some very good players but it is at our stadium, it is on TV and hopefully we’ll have a good crowd behind us.

“We’ll be in the spotlight because there won’t be many other teams playing on Thursday so just like every game we play, we’ll be going out to perform well and try to get three points.

“I’ve never questioned the commitment of the players, we always knew it was a challenging situation. Although results have gone our way in recent weeks, it’s not down to the players desire.”

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