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"We've got to find a way to break teams down a different way if it is required." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

6 February 2016

The City manager has also confirmed both Baily Cargill and Jack Stephens have a chance of playing against Port Vale...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has revealed the two loan signings, Jack Stephens and Baily Cargill, are in contention to start against Port Vale.

The Sky Blues travel to Vale Park on Sunday, February 7th, with kick-off at 2pm, as City look to get back to winning ways after three straight defeats.

The City boss strengthened his defensive options further on Monday's Transfer Deadline Day with the signings of Cargill and Stephens from AFC Bournemouth and Southampton respectively.

Whilst the Sky Blues kept his team selection cards close to his chest, Mowbray said they've both got a chance of being involved on Sunday.

Mowbray said: "Jack and Baily give us some good options at the back as we've been very unlucky with the amount of injuries we've had in that positions.

"They're two good young defenders who can't get into their Premier League sides so have come to us for experience at this level. 

"They're not like Reda Johnson but Baily is left-sided and more physically developed of the two whilst Jack brings many other obvious qualities. 

"I think they've both got a chance of being involved on Sunday. We'll see who starts at the weekend and see if we can get a positive result."

City go into the weekend's game looking for their first win since January 2nd, when City triumphed 5-0 over Crewe Alexandra. 

Mowbray believes there are lots of reasons for the temporary loss of form and says they're working on a different way to break teams down.

He added: "I think there are lots of reasons, tactics of the opposition being one of them. We're finding teams defend a little bit deeper against us than they did at the start of the season.

"Teams look at our front four and want to set up to nullity that threat. If you look back to the Burton game, they hardly pushed eight players across the half-way line which shows the level of respect teams are giving us.

"We've got to find a way to break teams down a different way if it is required. We're trying to address that at the moment and look for other ways.

"It'll be a tough test on Sunday as they're on a really good run and looking up at the play-offs. We've got to go there with plenty of belief."

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