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“It will be nice to get straight back out on Tuesday night and try and keep doing what we did well.” – Coventry City’s Sam Ricketts.

27 February 2016

Ricketts urges his team to forget the defeat and look toward a positive performance away to Barnsley on Tuesday...

Sky Blues’ captain, Sam Ricketts has turned his attention to Tuesday evening in the wake of the 2-1 defeat to Fleetwood Town at the Ricoh Arena.

The Lancashire side scored two goals in the second half to seal the victory, with substitute Marcus Tudgay netting for City on his return to the side.

Coventry City travel to Barnsley in League One this coming Tuesday and Ricketts will be looking to his team for a positive reaction after the rare home defeat. 

Ricketts said: “It’s just learning and trusting, if you are playing a certain way then to stick with it. 

“Any team that are coached well have a game plan against us, that is the difference we have seen in the second half of the season.”

Steven Pressley secured his first win against his old club since taking over in October 2015 and Ricketts has emphasised the difference in tactics of the away sides at the Ricoh Arena in the latter half of this season.

“At the start of the year no one really took us seriously – now every game we play teams come with a game plan.

“If teams go toe-to-toe with us on playing football, more than likely we will control the game. 

“We are learning as a side that we will face different challenges, we have got to learn how to break different formations down.

“We come here expecting to win, we have also raised the expectation of the fans – they expect us to win also. We want to be successful,” Ricketts added.

The 34-year old defender will be looking for a quick reaction from his side, with the Barnsley fixture just around the corner.

He commented: “It will be nice to get straight back out on Tuesday night and try and keep doing what we did well. We will implement a few things and keep trying to improve.

“I encourage all the positives. Football can be a horrible game, sometimes you try as hard as you can and you lose games or it doesn’t quite go your way. 

"It’s the belief that you have to keep doing the right things and eventually it will turn.” 

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