By Tony Leighton
The immediate impact of new manager Steven Pressley has got Coventry City supporters dreaming of an end of season surge to promotion.
One fan in particular has had a close up and personal view of Pressley and his methods as the Sky Blues collected two wins and a draw from the first three games under the former Falkirk boss, who was appointed three weeks after the departure of previous manager Mark Robins to Huddersfield Town.
Experienced left winger Gary McSheffrey, Coventry-born and a life-long fan of his hometown club, is delighted with the progress made so quickly under Pressley.
Having been seven points below the npower League 1 Play-Off places when Pressley - an ex-Sky Blues central defender - took over, they are now just three points adrift of the top six and McSheffrey, 30, told football-league.co.uk: "The new manager has already put his stamp on things.
"He's very organised in his approach. He wants us to be hard to break down, but at the same time he wants us to get on the ball and play with a bit of freedom.
"He's only tweaked a few things so far and it will take a while for everything to gel, but seven points from his first three games is a very good start - if you had offered him that when he came in he'd have probably snapped your hand off."
One notable 'tweak' since Pressley's arrival is the end of Coventry's home hoodoo. They had lost four successive games at the Ricoh Arena ahead of his first game in charge, but four points have been taken from the last two outings.
In the meanwhile they had won four in a row away from home and McSheffrey said: "We'd been playing okay at home, but we were losing by one-goal margins or conceding late equalisers and we just couldn't put our finger on why.
"We were going away and winning quite comfortably, so if we'd turned some of those home results into victories we'd be right up there at the top of the table."
A top-two finish, and with it automatic promotion, is now beyond Coventry. But a Play-Off place will be within their grasp if they can continue their present run.
And after relegation to League 1 last season McSheffrey, who is in his second spell at the club where he started his career in 1998, would love to play his part in taking the Sky Blues back up to the Championship.
"There's a number of clubs around us who are in with a decent shout," he said, "but we've got to play the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Brentford and Leyton Orient at the Ricoh and if we can build on our last couple of home results we can give ourselves a good chance of getting into the Play-Offs."
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