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Sky Blues midfielder Jim O'Brien calls for focus

Coventry Editorial 18th Sep, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

MIDFIELDER Jim O’Brien admits he is loving life at the Sky Blues but is not going to let the club’s recent run of success go to his head.

Steven Pressley’s side stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven matches heading into Tuesday night’s League One clash at Scunthorpe United.

That run combined with a return to the Ricoh Arena has created a real buzz around the city with promotion now seen as a realistic aim by both the club and its supporters.

But O’Brien, who joined the Sky Blues from Barnsley on a free transfer in the summer, is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

He said: “It’s great here and everybody’s been great. Of course, getting back to the Ricoh has gave everyone a boost in the building so I’m really enjoying it.

“The whole place is on a boost at the moment and we’ve got what seems like a really good squad who are all in it together which is crucial.

“People are talking about success but we need to put that to the back of our minds.

“Thus far, it has worked out. We’ve got to keep concentrating on the next game.

“There is a togetherness here and the feel good factor here is great. We just need to keep that going and make sure we keep the momentum going.”

O’Brien has made eight appearances for the Sky Blues this season and was unlucky not to have scored his second goal of the season against Yeovil on Saturday when his 25-yard shot struck the bar.

But the 26-year-old is hoping to add to his tally sooner rather than later.

He added: “I was annoyed to see my first-half shot against Yeovil Town come off the cross-bar as it would have been nice to see it go in.

“I need to be more careful on the ball in the middle of the park. Slightly cautious if anything. I’m getting a few more chances to score in the middle.

“I’ve played 90 minutes in all of the games which is really good for my fitness. The team is doing really well so it’s been nice to be a part of.

“Even the lads who aren’t playing at the moment are pushing the people in the first team all the way and they need to keep doing that to make sure we keep improving.”

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