JS is OFF! COVENTRY UNITED | The Dugout #9

The Dugout #9

Date: 03 November 2017 at 10:45 by Liam Cook

This week in The Dugout, CUTV's Liam Cook and Coventry United Assistant Manager Luke Morton talk transfers, facilities and the trip to Khalsa

Liam - Shepshed Dynamo were the opponents last time out. It looked a complete performance at the Butts Park Arena. Was it a satisfactory 3 points?

Luke - Shepshed are an excellent side, so to take 3 points off them was very satisfactory indeed. The performance was much improved all round, but although there is still plenty of room for improvement, we know we are heading in the right direction.

Liam - This week the new artificial pitch at Cryfield was opened. How have the new facilities at Warwick University helped the squad and the management this season?

Luke - The facilities at Cryfields are second to none and the lads have really enjoyed training there. It makes our lives as management staff easier when you have good facilities as players will appreciate it more and hopefully the work they put in will pay dividends on a match day. The new 4G surface installed at Cryfields is a massive help to the club as a whole and it's greatly appreciated by everyone.

Liam - A second week in a row without midweek football. Is the break something the players need over the course of the season or can it halt momentum?

Luke - It's not that the players need a break from playing, but it gives us more time to work on things at training without midweek games. That should help us gain more positive results on match day.

Liam - Another departure from the first team this week as Lewis Hudson follows Jamie Coleman to Racing Club Warwick. Was the move a club decision or did Lewis ask to leave?

Luke - Yes, it was sad to see Lewis Hudson go as he is a great young talent and has a great future in the game. Lewis actually called Terry to say he would like more game time and he understands he wasn't going get back into the first team in the short term, so we decided he could leave. Obviously we didn't want to lose Lewis, but we are not going to stand in the way of any player trying to get more game time. Lewis and Racing Club Warwick are a great fit and they'll do wonders together.

Liam - Last week it was announced the club had signed defender Matt Martin, but there have been developments on the player's future this week. Can you enlighten us on this matter?

Luke - Yes. We were delighted to announce the signing of Matt last week, but things changed on Friday morning. Unfortunately for us, but obviously brilliant news for Matt, he gained promotion at work which meant he would have to work the majority of Saturday's, which obviously meant he couldn't commit to us.

Liam - Will you be looking to sign another defender?

Luke - At the moment we are not actively looking for a defender, as we are trying to keep a settled squad. But that doesn't mean if the right player became available we wouldn't be interested.

Liam - United head to Aspray Arena this weekend to face a strong looking Sporting Khalsa. How big of a scalp would it be to take the 3 points home?

Luke - Sporting Khalsa are a superb side and they will go into the game as firm favourites, but we are confident we can go there and take all 3 points. However, every single player will need to be on his A game. We can't afford to carry passengers.

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