Midfielder Michael Doyle played the full ninety minutes as the Sky Blues opened their Boro Tournament with a goalless draw against a Liverpool XI...
Mark Robins' side were frustrated in their attempts to claim victory, but with another game under their belts, Doyle believed it was a worthwhile excercise.
He said: "It was a tough game for us, a real good workout. Credit to them, I know they're Under-23's but they play for Liverpool, they're all going to be very good players.
"It's been great since I've returned, It's been a really tough pre-season and the manager has got us working really hard.
"All the games we've had have been really tough, there are usually pre-season fixtures that are almost feelers into the season, but from Sutton to tonight it has been challenging."
With a total of nine new faces so far this summer, attention now turns towards the opening game of the League Two campaign for Doyle.
The Sky Blues face Notts County at the Ricoh on August 5th, and the 35-year old is hoping for a quick start as they bid for an immediate return to the third tier.
"There has been a lot of change at the club since June and the one thing we need to do is gel and come together quick.
"We all get on, we all work really hard on the training ground so hopefully it will just come together next week, as that's what we're doing to be judged on, the league results,"
He added: "Hopefully next week we can start and get a win under our belt as early as possible. You have to dig in for each other and make sure nobody is on their own, especially at this level in League Two."