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INTERVIEW: Chris Stokes talks to the media ahead of his return to the New Lawn

2 February 2018

This weekend the Sky Blues travel to The New Lawn, as they face Forest Green Rovers in Sky Bet League Two action.

City are currently just one point off the automatic places and are in good form heading into the fixture, with five wins an just one league defeat in their last six games.

One man who is well known to tomorrow’s hosts is defender Chris Stokes, who spent five year at Rovers, playing over 150 games during his time and he is looking forward to a return.

He said: “Hopefully it’s a good one.

“I was there for nearly five years so played a lot of games for the club and I thought I did well down there so hopefully I’ll have a good rapport with the fans.

 “They bought some good players in January. I think they realised that they needed to reinvest into the squad. The team that we play tomorrow will be harder than the team we played recently in the season.

“It was a game we dominated last time we met.

“There was only one mistake, which cost us the game. We probably should have won the game. We had Newport as well, it’s not just been Forest Green.

“We’ve made some silly mistakes which have cost us and we probably went into those games a bit complacent thinking we’re going to walk all over these because we had such a good start to the season.

“I think we need to go to Forest Green and give them some respect and we are going to go into the game, turn up, start fast and make sure we win the game.”

The Sky Blues have seven wins in their last eight games in all competitions, which has included a run in the FA Cup and they are now in the fifth round with a tie against Brighton to follow.

Confidence is running high in the squad at the moment says Stokes and the squad are looking forward to keeping that momentum up this weekend.

He said: “Everyone is feeling confident. We’ve got a very good squad at the moment and everyone is challenging; all the players who are fit are fighting for a position in the team.

“When everyone is doing well, everyone wants to be playing. It’s a good squad and we need to carry on this form into the backend of this season.

“We’ve got such a good squad now, where the manager can pull one or two out where they’re putting in a lot more effort than the other players. Even if some players are getting fatigued, you can substitute the players and it will benefit us and make us stronger. “

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