Clingan says players are willing to do the ugly work to win
08 April 2011 10:00
Payers enjoying the new free flowing football Coventry City's Northern Ireland international midfielder Sammy Clingan, speaking to the club's Sky Blues Player, has said the players are willing to do the ugly things as well as playing well if it means they will get the chance to play. Coventry travel to Pride Park tomorrow to take on Derby County where a win is vital for both teams as they both fight to survive in the Championship. City go into the game in confident mood on the back of the 2-0 win oevr Watford at The Ricoh last week, while Derby will be looking to bounce back from a heavy 4-1 defeat at promotion chasing Cardiff. Coventry, under the guidance of caretaker manager Andy Thorn, have been playing more free flowing and attacking football, which has gone down well with the players as well as the fans. Clingan said, "Thorny wants us to get the ball on the floor and pass it around but he also doesn't want to overpass it and I think we've done that in the last few games." "We did really well against Burnley but thought we could just turn up against Preston and the Championship isn't like that. You have to do the ugly things as well and earn the right to play good football and I think we did that against Watford so we've got to do it again against Derby." Clingan revealed that Thorn, as head scout for Coventry, was party responsible for him joining the Sky Blues and that he enjoys being coached by the man he respects. He said, "I respect Thorny as a guy and did even before he took over as caretaker manager. He played a big part in me signing here, there's a good feeling in the dressing room and long may it continue." Clingan was given the captains armband for the Watford game and Thorn may well do the same for the trip to Derby and Clingan would be more than happy to wear it. He enthused, "It's a great responsibility to have. I've captained every side that I have played for which is something I'm extremely proud of so it's great to add Coventry City to that."