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“I want to play open, attractive football - we’ll call it ‘sexy’ football.” – Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray.

26 February 2016

Mowbray looks to start the final third of the season with a win as City welcome previous manager, Steven Pressley back to the Ricoh Arena...

Much in the same vein as Manchester United boss Louie Van Gaal, the Sky Blues’ manager has this week made reference to playing a style of attacking football that is attractive for the fans to watch.

Mowbray’s side put six goals passed Bury in their last League One fixture, with four of those coming from open play. 

The front pairing of Adam Armstrong and James Maddison scored three between them and the smart link-up play in midfield from Joe Cole yielded three assists.

Mowbray said: “We want to play winning football. Playing with the ball, trying to create chances – my teams have always tried to play with ball and be offensive.” 

Mowbray’s side have had the benefit of a week off after the Scunthorpe United fixture was rearranged due to their progression in the FA Cup. The City squad have used the time to prepare for what is likely to be a season defining period over the coming weeks:

“Ideally after a 6-0 win you want the next game straight on, but it has given the team a natural chance to recharge their batteries before the last 15 games. We’ve taken that opportunity and hopefully it shows on Saturday,” Mowbray commented.
The weekend’s fixture also marks the return of previous manager, Steven Pressley to the Ricoh Arena and Mowbray is aware of the threat his Fleetwood side possesses. 

“I fully understand the previous manager coming back to his old club, he will have his team fired up – as I’m sure he does every game. 

“Pressley has put together a good team, I went to watch them against Rochdale in the week and for an away side to have 62% possession – they dominated the game.

“He will be looking to try and find a positive result and it’s down to us to make sure it is a difficult day for them,” Mowbray added. 

Coventry City face a tough fixture schedule in coming weeks, with five league games falling within the next 15 days. 

With four of those ties against teams in the bottom half of the table, Mowbray will be hoping for a string of positive results as City make a final bid for a promotion place.

He said: “Every game is tough, what you do find around this time of year is that those teams down the bottom seem to find some extra adrenalin and drive and start picking up points. 

“We focus on the next game, which is our next opportunity for three points. They come thick and fast over the next month. 

“You can only prepare your team, you can study your opposition strengths and weaknesses, but ultimately I will setup to get a result.”

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