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"We are in need of three points, but it is also important we concentrate on putting in a good performance." - Coventry City's Russell Slade

13 January 2017

Manager Russell Slade on the Sky Blues return to League One action against the Spirites...

Russell Slade is hoping to build on the two recent draws against Peterborough and Bolton, and earn his first three points as Sky Blues boss. 

City progressed to the quarterfinals of the EFL Trophy with a 3-0 win over Brighton U21s midweek, but Slade is yet to find that elusive League One victory. 

“We are in need of three points, there is no doubt about that, but it’s also important we concentrate on putting in a good performance,” he said.

“We can’t afford to be looking externally, we have to focus completely on ourselves and not give ourselves a limit in terms of what we can take from the game tomorrow and for the rest of the season.

“If we can build momentum it breeds confidence for the players, they come into training with a bit more swagger, without being over-confident and becoming complacent.”

City travel to the Proact Stadium one place and one point behind the Spireites, having played a game less than Saturday's opponents. Chesterfield's last league victory came against Bolton in December, as Liam O'Neil scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win.  

Slade added: “We have to approach the game like any other because they’ve got threats in their team. They might not be having the greatest of times, but that's like ourselves at the minute.

“From our point of view it is about trying to create a bit of momentum and that has to mean something to us. We are going to have to go there and roll our sleeves up every game, not just at Chesterfield.

“They will take heart from the fact they have taken seven points from their previous three home games and have players that can be dangerous if we don’t perform.”

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