FOOTBALL: NEW Coventry City forward Peter Vincenti is excited at the prospect of having ‘promotion pressure’ on the Sky Blues’ shoulders.
The 31-year-old former Rochdale striker joined City from League One club Rochdale in June, and he knows exactly what it takes to win promotion having helped The Dale climb out of division four during the 2013/14 season.
His hunger and desire attracted Mark Robins to make the move to bring in the Jersey-born man – and Peter himself said he’s looking forward to getting this year’s campaign underway come 3pm tomorrow afternoon.
He said: “I’m confident we can live up to the expectations.
“It’s good to have pressure. I’ve had relegation pressure before and that’s not what you want. Promotion pressure is the right one to have.
“The league will be tough. Over the years the general thought process is that League Two is physical. But more teams are now trying to play the game.
“We can be physical when we need but we’ll play our own style.
“I always have a target for goals but I’ll keep that to myself.”
Vincenti spent four seasons at Rochdale following previous stints with Aldershot, Mansfield, Stevenage, and Millwall.
But signing for the Sky Blues felt a little different for the 6’ 2” forward as he highlighted the ‘prestige’ that comes with Coventry City and the badge.
“It’s an exciting opportunity and one I’ve been looking forward to since the first phone call came,” said Vincenti.
“I haven’t been at many clubs during my career. Rochdale was a good four years but it was time to move on and Coventry excited me.
“No disrespects to my former clubs but this is slightly bigger. There’s a bit more prestige that goes with the name, the club, and the badge.”
Linking up with a handful of new players presents its challenges.
But Vincenti believes the club’s pre-season tour to Alicante helped the new-look Sky Blues squad gel quickly.
Despite this, the Jersey national is cautious of teams wanting to perform well at the 32,000 plus seater venue.
He said: “Playing at the Ricoh will give the visiting teams some added motivation to play well. That’s something we’ll have to adjust to.
“The Ricoh is a fantastic venue and support from the fans has been brilliant in pre-season.
“Winning League Two will take a lot of graft, I think we have that in us. There’s some quality in the team.
“It’s been a good but tough pre-season. Probably one of the harder ones I’ve been involved in. But the lads have got involved.
“Notts County have new players. But we’ll do our homework and prepare in the right way.
“First and foremost it’s about ourselves. If we produce we’ll get good results.”