Robins Sings Fleck's praises

Last updated : 02 October 2012 By Covsupport News Service/RD

John Fleck made in immediate impact when he joined Coventry City from Rangers and he was badly missed when he suffered an injury that kept him out for a month, but now he is back and new manager Mark Robins is keen to get him back in the starting line up after being hugely impressed with the 21 year old attacking midfielder.

Fleck is not yet fully fit after recovering from a hamstring strain early on in the season. He has been selected in Robins' teams but has started on the bench, but Robins is hopeful that it won't be long before Fleck is ready to start games.

It was Fleck's introduction as substitute that added a bit of fire into the Sky Blues and his quality was instrumental in City winning their first game of the season at Oldham.

Robins want Fleck to spearhead a Coventry revival as he aims to steer them up the League 1 table and away from the relegation zone.

Robins told the Coventry Telegraph's Andy Turner: "Flecky is going to be a really good player for us. I think he's got something special, certainly at this level, and we've got to develop that. He would be in the starting line-up had he not had the injury lay-off but we've got to be careful, give him minutes on the pitch before we look to start him.

"Against Carlisle we couldn't get him on the ball and it was difficult to ask him to play against Arsenal straight after that. But he makes a difference when he goes on. I can see that, the supporters can see that, so I'm looking forward to seeing a fully-fit John Fleck."

Fleck was involved in the move that led to the winning goal at Boundary Park and Robins is hoping that he will now recover the form that saw him net 25 goals for League Two outfit Gilligham a couple of seasons ago.

Robins continued extolling Fleck's quality saying, "Cody is a good player. He just ends up in a position where he scores goals but he needs to be fitter, for me, and once we get these games out of the way and get a free week, we can start to do that.
"At the minute we have to use the games as a fitness base because the other days are recovery so with two days a week it is more difficult, but we have to make sure he is in the right physical state and he'll score goals because he gets in the right areas. So I have watched him and his runs are sensible and good.
"Also Callum Ball, he's 19 and he can score a goal. He's big, he's powerful, he's strong and he's got to realise he will grow into his body with his strength and use that properly.
"I think Flecky can wade in with a goal, Carl Baker can score a goal and Gary McSheffrey is under-performing in terms of his goal output. He needs to play in better goal scoring areas and be ready for any drop downs that come his way but, in all fairness, we're capable of scoring from all over the pitch and they have got to realise that."

Prior to Saturday's win, confidence and morale were low at Coventry City, but the scrappy win has helped change that and it has boosted the feelings and attitudes in the Sky Blue camp.
"Heads are high; you can see a change in them," said Robins. "Hopefully we can carry that on in two home games against two good sides in MK Dons and Bournemouth. Saturday has given us three points and it's given us some confidence. The atmosphere around the place has changed; we've got people talking to each other for a change.
"The supporters were happy and certainly showed their emotions and it gives us a platform."

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