Tony Mowbray is looking for his side to reassert their dominance in upcoming fixtures after a run of negative results...
Sky Blues’ boss, Tony Mowbray is looking back at the impressive start to the 2015/16 campaign to kick-start a season defining period for his team.
The manager’s Coventry City side have lost two on the bounce for only the second time this season, with losses to both Fleetwood and Barnsley, but Mowbray will take confidence from the openness of the League One table.
Despite an uninspiring run of results, there has been little movement in City's league position and the Sky Blues remain well within the promotion chase in seventh place.
“Players have to be honest with themselves, the secret to it all is to find the answer why. This is a really good bunch of football players, they are an honest group, they work hard and we are all disappointed over the past few months.
“Yet we are still in a really good position, we are still in the top six of this division with a really good chance. Who is to say it doesn’t all finish at Wembley in May,” Mowbray commented.
The Sky Blues next three fixtures are against sides in the bottom half of the table (Rochdale, Shrewsbury, Blackpool) and Mowbray will be looking to claim all nine points on offer to reaffirm City as part of the play-off race.
“Football is about continual improvement, trying to improve in every area. We are tweaking things, adjusting things in there - positional, tactical etc.
“You can’t be a top team every game, but our aim is to get back to being the dominant team in games.
“We are almost going back to the start, going through the pre-season processes. Almost push the reset button and let’s see if we get the benefits of it.”
Joe Cole, who was rested in the week against Barnsley, will be a key player for the Sky Blues in coming week and the manager is looking to the 34-year old to apply his experience to games.
“Joe was understanding of my decision to leave him out on Tuesday. He has great experience and he understands how we want to do things.
“He is a strong voice among the younger players, I want to try and get as much football out of him as we can over the next few months.”
Despite suffering recent losses, Tony Mowbray is confident that his set of players have the ability to move past the lull and get back to winning ways.
“The group, throughout all the adversity of the past month, remain very strong. They are positive about seeing this season through.
“If we can get a victory, we will go to Shrewsbury with confidence and hope to get a result there too,” he added.