23rd Oct, 2017

Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley relishing Ricoh return

Coventry Editorial 3rd Sep, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SKY Blues boss Steven Pressley is relishing the club’s eagerly anticipated return to the Ricoh Arena this Friday.

After over a year of playing ‘home’ matches at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton, the Sky Blues return back to Coventry when they face Gillingham in a league fixture

A sell-out crowd is expected and Pressley, whose side are currently on a five-match unbeaten run, is looking forward to what he describes as a great occasion for the club.

He said: “I can’t wait to go back there and Friday night will be a special night.

“One to remember and it’s looking like we could sell out which would be incredible.

“I did say though that we wanted to return there with momentum and we’re currently five games unbeaten, and look extremely solid at the back.

“A lot of players made a case to start against Gillingham on Friday and I’m sure everyone will want to be involved.

“We’re all excited by it but we’ve got to make sure we play the game and not the occasion. It is a game we will be focused on winning.”

Confidence in the Sky Blues camp is high going into Friday’s matchafter Pressley’s side progressed into the second round of the Johnstone Paint Trophy courtesy of a 1-0 win at Wycombe on Tuesday night.

In-form striker Josh McQuoid bagged his second goal in as many games when he half-volleyed home in the 66th minute to earn the Sky Blues their second win of the season in all competitions.

But the game will perhaps be remembered for the Sky Blues fielding no fewer than 11 players from the academy including James Maddison and Kyle Spence.

Pressley praised their maturity and is adamant the future is bright for the League One club who will continue to give younger players a chance to impress in the first team.

Pressley added: “We brought on Maddison and Spence in the second-half which meant there was nine out of the 11 Academy products on the pitch.

“It shows how we are building for the future around our Academy and the signs are good. You could see how proud the fans are seeing young players playing for the club.

“Going into the game, we knew it would be a difficult test as they’ve had a great start to the season and it proved to be the case.

“It was a great goal to win the game and it epitomised the type of football we like to play here. Quick, sharp, counter-attack football which was brilliant.”

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