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"The type of player that comes in needs to role their sleeves up high & wear the badge with pride." - Coventry City's Russell Slade

29 December 2016

A trip to in-form Peterborough United awaits the Sky Blues on New Years eve...

Russell Slade believes his side need to be more resilient away from home as they prepare to visit the Abax Stadium to face a Peterborough side who are yet to lose in December. 

The Sky Blues’ only victory on the road this season came against Port Vale in October, and after defeat against Bristol Rovers in his first game in charge, Slade is looking for a spirited response.

“We’ve been working on our structure and organisation because we can’t afford to be shipping the goals we have been and expect to come away with any points," the 56-year old said. 

“We are trying to create a platform to build upon and then we can hopefully move forwards from there. You have to be a threat in an attacking sense, but we need to focus on tightening up other aspects first.

“Football is about the work in both boxes, you want to keep the ball out of the back of the net and you want to create as many chances as possible, but for the moment we take it a step at a time.”

Slade is hoping to make some early inroads in the transfer market as he targets new players to add strength and experience to his ranks. The winter window opens on January 1st. 

He added: “Hopefully we can build a bit of positivity going forward, but it is important we sign the right type of players. We will wheel and deal to the best of our ability but we are a certain level and people know that.

“The type of player that comes in needs to be able to role their sleeves up high and really want to wear the badge with pride, because that is what we’re asking for.

“We don’t want people to come in and feel there way around the football club for six months, we’ll be asking for them to put their body on the line and do all they can.”

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