Kyle McFadzean believes the Sky Blues should be “pushing” for promotion ahead of their game against Milton Keynes Dons in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon.
The defender achieved promotion from the third tier with Dons back in 2014/15 but believes the current Sky Blues squad is the most talented he has played in.
Currently sitting third in the League One table, McFadzean believes City will have underachieved if they fail to finish in the top two.
McFadzean said: “I’m loving it here! I think we’ve got a really good chance of promotion. If we’re not aiming for the top two this season, then there’s something wrong.
“The talent that we’ve got in this squad is up there with what I’ve played in before. We’ve got some great midfielders, Godders is back now so we’ve got a good striker and we’ve got a good defence.
“We’ve got to be pushing for automatic promotion if we don’t, I think we’re underachieving.
“Everybody is beating everybody in this league. I think if you can get a good run together, you might not run away with the league, but you can get a good few points gap from the teams around you.”
The 32-year-old is looking forward to the prospect of taking on his former employers, having missed the trip to Stadium MK earlier in the season.
“I looked at this game when the fixtures came out, I didn’t play in the first game, but hopefully I’ll play tomorrow, I’ve got some mates from my time there, and I’m looking forward to it, it should be interesting.
“They’ve got some good players and a big squad, they’ve picked up their form lately so it should be a good game.
“If you look at the form guide, they’re up there, they’re going really well at the moment, it will be a tough game but we’re a home and we’ve got to keep doing what we’ve been doing all season and hopefully get a good win.”
McFadzean wants to build on City’s last two away victories in the league but still believes they can keep more clean sheets in spite of their recent flurry of goals.
“I think getting the first win away from home in the league was massive. We’ve been playing well away from in the league all season, we’ve just been unlucky. Now we’ve won two in a row we want to build on that.
“We’ve created so many chances, so the belief is always there that we’ll score goals. I think we need to start keeping a few more clean sheets but we’re scoring goals now so we’re going to win more games if we keep that up.
“I should have scored a few already this season, I’ve missed good chances. I should have scored at Shrewsbury, I’m dying for a goal and hopefully I can get one tomorrow.”
After conceding from a set-piece against Bristol Rovers last time out, McFadzean insists the Sky Blues have been working hard to avoid a repeat of that goal on Saturday.
“We’ve been good all season on set-pieces and crosses, so it was disappointing to concede from one. We’ve been looking at that and seeing what we can work on.
"I think we’ve been really solid from set-pieces, overall this season, so we just need to keep that going.”