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Powell: "We’re nowhere near at full speed for me"

18 October 2018

Chris Powell believes there’s still more to come from his side.

Blues are currently unbeaten in their last five games and welcome Coventry City to Roots Hall this weekend who themselves have won their last two.

And Powell is looking for his side to build on their good run and reach their full potential.

“Winning games adds to your confidence in equal measure that losing games ebbs away at your confidence,” said Powell.

“When you’re in a good place you actually have to work harder to stay there because it can be very easy to relax and rest on your laurels and think that we/I did it last week so it will be OK this week. It doesn’t work like that.

“The players have got themselves in this situation because of their output, their organisation, their togetherness. They’ve listened to me and my staff, they’ve taken things on board and whoever has come into the team due to injuries or suspensions has got on with it.

“If you’re in the team, do your best to stay in it and if you’re not in it do your best to try and get in it.

“We’ve got players coming back from injury as well and I wish I could play two teams at the weekend because everyone wants to be a part of it.

“To carry that on we have to do a number of things and that’s to have the courage and belief to lead.

“For some players who don’t have the armband to lead from the front and drive the team on, push people if they’re not at the standards.

“It’s been a real eye-opener for me looking at how the players have responded to when we lost a few games.

“And we’re nowhere near at full speed for me. I still think there’s areas we can get better at and parts of our game we could be better.”

Coventry are expected to bring over a thousand supporters this weekend and Blues fans will also be turning out in their numbers following a great win against Gillingham last time out.

And Powell is expecting a tough game against the Sky Blues.

“They’ve got a manager who is in charge for the second time in Mark Robins who is somebody I’ve come up against,” Powell added.

“Our paths didn’t cross at Huddersfield but I know him and they’re playing some good stuff, they’re in a good place.

“They’ve acquitted themselves really well in League One which happens when you have some momentum.

“They’re quite a young team, I know Michael Doyle isn’t – he’s been around a long time - but he lends guile and experience to that team, so we know what they’re about and it will be a tough game for us, but obviously we’ve got to make it as tough as we can for them.”


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