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"The focus of the team doesn't change. We want to go on a run of games." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

22 January 2016

The Sky Blues boss has also admitted he isn't sure which system Southend United will play this weekend...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has backed his side to respond to the Burton Albion defeat at Southend United this weekend.

The Sky Blues suffered just their fifth league defeat of the season against the Brewers at the Ricoh Arena as Saturday, as Nigel Clough's side cemented their top spot.

City travel to Southend today ahead of tomorrow's trip to Roots Hall, looking to get back to winning ways against the Shrimpers.

Mowbray believes his players should be confident ahead of the game but should also realise the threats Phil Brown's side possesses.

The City boss said: "The players should still be confident as they're a very good side. Obviously, the games against Walsall and Burton didn't go to plan but that doesn't change the focus of the team.

"We've done really well so far this season and we need to focus on the next game, and make sure we pick up points. We'd like to go on a run of games.

"Southend are a good side who had a run of poor results recently but showed how good they can be in the last game against Peterborough.

"It'll be a real test for us but I know the squad haven't been affected by the last two games and have refocused to get a result on Saturday."

The Shrimpers haven't won in four games but did pick up a point at Peterborough United last weekend, currently in 9th position in the League One table.

Mowbray continued: "They're a fully committed, hard-working team who've picked up some great results already this season and I'm sure they'll be looking forward to facing us.

"They played the league's top-scorers in the last game and kept a clean sheet so we've got to be aware that it will be a challenge for us.

"It'll be interesting to see how they line-up because they changed the way they set-up in their last match away at Peterborough. To play in front of your supporters might require a different demand so we'll have to see what formation they'll play in.

"Again, we'll go there and do what we do. It's up to us to go there and create some problems for them." 

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