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“We have to remain resilient and stay motivated because we are not a million miles away” - Coventry City’s Samuel Ricketts

23 September 2016

Defender Sam Ricketts on City's upcoming game against Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium...

Captain Sam Ricketts has identified resilience and hard work as key to improving the Sky Blues recent run of results. 

City travel to Kent as they face Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium tomorrow, looking to build on their last outing in which they took a deserved point away from fellow southerners Millwall. 

The 34-year old defender knows that wins need to come quickly if the Sky Blues are going to recover from a slow start. He said: “We haven’t been playing badly but we’ve been punished for little errors and not taking our chances. 

“We’ve drawn five games this season and should have won in a few of those games. All of a sudden a few wins and we would be sitting in mid-table, so there is a fine line in football. 

“We have to remain resilient to our core beliefs and stay motivated because we are not a million miles away, albeit we are not getting the results we would want at the moment.”

With one of the youngest squads in the English Football League, Ricketts is confident that the Sky Blues can get the best out of the energy and fearlessness of the current team. 

He added: “The good thing with younger players is they don’t worry about things as much and don’t read into criticism or outside distractions. 

“They’re here to enjoy their football and prove themselves to be good enough for this football club, and that can be an advantage when things are not going your way as they don’t overthink the situation.”

“Ultimately we need to try and improve and keep the team morale and confidence high. We are all enjoying playing for Coventry City, we just need to add the results to that now.”

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