Ricoh Arena

Next Game

Coventry v Preston

Saturday, 27 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet League 1

Last Game

Rochdale 1 - 0 Coventry

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet League 1

Pressley: We must show our mettle

Boss Steven Pressley is expecting a real cup-tie atmosphere when his Coventry side travel to Port Vale this weekend.

Last Updated: 19/09/13 at 16:56

Steven Pressley: Hoping for a good showing

Steven Pressley: Hoping for a good showing

The Sky Blues could take as many as 4,000 supporters to Vale Park for the League One fixture, a far cry from the struggle for numbers as they play out their home games at Sixfields while they groundshare with Northampton.

Added to that, Vale are managed by former City boss Micky Adams, are led in the boardroom by Coventry-born owner and chairman Norman Smurthwaite and boast four former Sky Blues players in Lee Hughes, Chris Birchall, Carl Dickinson and Richard Duffy.

Pressley said: "I think, generally, players who are playing against their former teams tend to give that little bit more, which in itself shouldn't be the case because they should be giving that week in, week out.

"Vale have got a number of connections, previous managers and I think their chairman is a Coventry City fan.

"There will be 4,000 of our supporters at the game, potentially 12,000 in total, so it makes it a very interesting game and a really difficult one, it will be like a cup-tie atmosphere.

"That brings a real challenge to us, they'll be hugely motivated by that and it's going to be testing. It's a really big pitch, they play aggressive football and, again, we have to show our mettle."

Coventry, who started the season with a 10-point deduction but are already out of the bottom four, are unbeaten in six games and would leapfrog Vale in the table with victory.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

Transfer news: Juventus never considered signing Mario Balotelli in the summer

Juventus general director Beppe Marotta has confirmed the club never considered signing Mario Balotelli in the summer.

Premier League: Phil Neville wants Manchester United to spend another £100m

Phil Neville says Man United need to spend another £100m on their squad before they can be considered title contenders.

Sunderland's Santiago Vergini earns Argentina call-up

Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini has been called up by Argentina for the friendlies against Brazil and Hong Kong.

Mail Box

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property