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INTERVIEW: Chris Stokes previews the SkyBet League Two fixture against Port Vale

The Sky Blues host the Valiants tomorrow afternoon at the Ricoh...

8 September 2017

The Sky Blues welcome Port Vale to the Ricoh Arena as both sides took to earn much needed wins in SkyBet League Two...

Mark Robins' side will be looking to get back to winning ways after last weekend's dissapointing goalless draw wth Chesterfield.

Defender Chris Stokes has been ever present in the League this season and says that despite recent form the squad is optimistic as the weekend aproaches. 

"Training has been positive. Obviously we have came off the back of some disappointing defeats but there is still a positive vibe around the training ground," Stokes said.

"We are staying positive. It is only the start of the season so there is a long way to go and it is always tight in this league. It only takes a couple of goood results tomorrow and Tuesdsay and then we can use that as a spring board going into next season.

"The poor results have just been a case of us not taking our chances, and not just the strikers, it is a team game. 

"We need to start scoring from set pieces because we win a lot of those. If we just keep on doing what we are doing the ball is going to start ending up in the back of the net eventually.

Stokes spent most of last season sidelined through injury before returning to the eleven against Bradford City at the Ricoh Arena in March, just in time for the trip to Wembley.

"I am delighted to be back. It was a very long a dissapointing season for me alongside the dissapointing season that the team had on the whole.

"It was a season that we all want to forget. We have to move on and fight now to get out of this league.

"Regardless of who we are playing at home we should be winning the game. Even if we come up against a team that are doing well, the Ricoh is our fortress and we need to make sure that when we are at home we are winning infront of our fans.

He added: "We are fully aware of Port Vale's situation so tomorrow is going to be a grind but on Saturday we will be up for it and we need to make sure we get the three points."


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