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"You've got to stand up and fight and show the people of Coventry that we care." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

11 March 2016

The Sky Blues boss wants to see his players inspired by the huge travelling support from Coventry tomorrow...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray believes the huge travelling Sky Blue Army will have a huge part to play against Blackpool on Saturday.

The Sky Blues travel to Bloomfield Road today ahead of tomorrow's game where they are set to be backed by over 3000 City fans with the trip sold out for weeks.

City have been on a poor run of form of late, despite an encouraging display against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday, and they'll be looking to turn around their recent fortunes tomorrow.

Mowbray wants to see his players 'stand up and fight' for the club and the City against the Seasiders as they look to get the promotion chase back on track.

The City boss said: "I manage through my own personality and I try and instill a passion and a desire into my players which they will see reflected in me. 

"I've had long conversations with my players and with my backline after Tuesday night. If somebody punches you in the face, you either run away or you stand and fight.

"Where I'm from, you stand and fight. You stick your chest out and start swinging. Sometimes, defenders in particular, need to have that raw instinct inside them because there are physical games when it's really tough.

"We've given ourselves a fantastic opportunity this year to try and get ourselves out of this league, and we've got to grab that opportunity. The games can't just keep drifting away at this stage in the season. 

"I want to see the players stand and fight, and show the people of Coventry that we care and that we're trying to make this club better for them."

It'll be the first trip the Sky Blues have made to Blackpool since the 2011/12 Championship season to face a team currently lying in 21st position in League One.

The City boss says there should be no greater inspiration than the huge away support and he hopes it'll get the team over the line on Saturday.

He added: "Here I am talking about inspiration, well that's all the inspiration you need as a player. If that's not an inspiration to the team, then what is.

"If it doesn't make them go the extra yard and the extra inch seeing that the people of Coventry have shown that they care by travelling the distance, what else do they need.

"Of course, that doesn't mean we're going to win. Our away support has been brilliant all season and we didn't get the right result on Tuesday.

"But, supporters have a huge part to play as they can often help get a team over the line and inspire them to three points on Saturday." 

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