The Sky Blues' defensive midfielder will be using the disappointment of recent results as an incentive to perform on Saturday...
Midfield anchor, Romain Vincelot is ‘optimistic’ about the remainder of the League One season, despite the Sky Blues recent poor run of results.
Vincelot was substituted early in the second-half (53’) in the 2-0 loss to Barnsley on Tuesday evening and highlighted the need for himself and teammates to correct a below-par performance.
Asked if the change was due to injury, Vincelot replied: “No, it was just a tactical change. I was not good on the night, so it was better to replace me.
“I had a ball hit me in the wrong part of my body, so I struggled for a few minutes. Unfortunately, it happens sometimes - and unfortunately I was not the only one to under perform.
“We were too many under our best. We hate when it happens, but some days you are just rubbish. There are no excuses, tiredness etc - games like that you just have to think, wow it’s one of them.”
The French midfielder is looking for his side to get back to the the kind of form that encouraged a 6-goal thrashing of Bury three weeks ago:
“We know what we are capable of, Barnsley was horrible but something you have to be prepared for in your career.
“You have to bounce back. You can’t keep thinking about it, games are coming fast and the most important thing is the end - how we finish.
“Everyone is raring to go another game to show what we can do, and the pride we have for the club."
The 30-year old is confident that his team can again reach the intensity of performance that has yielded a stake in the promotion race for the majority of the season.
“Consistency is what we need. We won 6-0 just three weeks ago. Every individual needs to focus on themselves and know what we have to do, and bring that to the team.”
He believes City are firmly within the fight to go up and is gearing up for the stream of crucial fixtures in the climax of the season.
Vincelot finished by saying: “We are quite lucky, you look at the results - it is there for us! We are still in the play-offs even after two bad results. They are all tough in the league, we have to focus on ourselves.
“At home we need to win, show big desire and the crowd will be behind us - they have been fantastic. The season remaining is very quick, a lot of games. Saturday then Tuesday then Saturday - gives a chance to build up momentum.”
“The more the season goes, everyone knows the strengths and weaknesses of each team. Whatever is in front of us, we need to be confident and patient.
“It is the points that matter, we are in a great position. It is nice to look at the table and see what we have done and what we are still to achieve. I am optimistic!"