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"It’s a very fine line between success and failure and we’re living proof of that." - Coventry City's Russell Slade

23 January 2017

City's boss previews the Swans cup tie, whilst hinting at further squad additions...

The Sky Blues travel West to Swansea City tomorrow, hoping to maintain their 100% unbeaten record in this season’s EFL Trophy campaign. 

The club completed the signing of Derby County’s Charles Vernam this morning, although the 20-year old striker won’t be eligible to feature in Tuesday night’s Trophy action.

Reflecting back on Saturday’s narrow loss to Fleetwood, Russell Slade said: “Late goals have been costly, when you are struggling these things are sent to test you. But we’ve got to eradicate that as soon as possible. 

“Attention to the basics, ensuring that we keep building on fitness levels also. We’ve looked fatigued late on and made poor decisions that have let us down.

“The Jan window has been important to us, we’ve got some experience now. We’re reducing the opposition to fewer chances, but we’ve got to be a threat also.”

The manager has also suggested that he is looking to secure a further addition before Saturday’s League One encounter at Northampton Town, with specific attention to the middle third.   

He added: “Confidence can trigger real positive momentum, we need that sooner rather than later. The next opportunity is tomorrow in the cup. It’s a very fine line between success and failure and we’re living proof of that. 

“We’ve managed to get a player in this morning, that is a positive start to the week. Hopefully we’ll have another body in the building before Saturday too. We’re looking tighter at the back, but need to strengthen in the middle and forward areas. 

“The prize is a trip to Wembley, there are incentives. We’re part of the final eight, it is an opportunity for us to react as a football club and get in to the final four. The fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about all season, it has been a real slog, but hopefully this is a bit of excitement.”  

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