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“When you play a team at the top of the league there will be trepidation, but there has to be belief & drive.” - Coventry City’s Mark Venus

21 November 2016

City are back in League One action tomorrow night as they face third placed Bolton Wanderers...

Sky Blues interim boss Mark Venus has tasked his City players with having the belief and drive to bounce back against high-flying Bolton tomorrow night. 

City have jumped five league places since Venus took the helm, but the ex-Wolves and Ipswich player was disappointed with his side’s offering against Oxford at the weekend. 

He said: “You have to go through all the situations that presented themselves on Saturday, the ones we didn’t deal with properly. We go through them, talk it through and then you have to move on.

“I want the players to understand what we aren’t dealing with, certain reasons why we’ve got the points we have, and why we should have more. 

“We struggle with the physical side of the game and we don’t turn our good opportunities in the attacking third in to enough shots.”

Venus has been in charge since the 1st of October, where City defeated Port Vale 2-0 in their first away win of the season. 

Despite demolishing Vale’s 100% home record on that day, City have only registered one league point away from home since and Venus believes his men have a point to prove tomorrow night. 

“You can’t make a team who is bottom of the league, top of the league over night. It just doesn’t happen like that. We’re good enough to get away from where we are now, but all need to improve. 

“It is a tough game, we have to play Bolton twice. I have been concerned that we’ve got all the top teams left to play but it’ll be another test. We’ve got to go there and hold our own.

“When you go to play a team at the top of the league there is bound to be trepidation, but there has to be belief and drive. They all have a point to prove, and we’re all learning about each other. We have got until January to prove ourselves.”  

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