Coventry City manager Mark Robins has told his players to enjoy the experience of playing against their opponents in the Championship.
The Sky Blues had a positive start to the season, but have since hit a difficult patch of form, having not won in their last six league games.
It gets no easier for Robins ’ side, with them hosting early league leaders Reading at St Andrew’s live on TV on Friday night, as they look to bouce back from midweek defeat.
The Royals have dropped just two points from their opening eight matches so far this season, and have taken an early lead in the Championship table.
And Robins is looking forward to the challenge facing his team.
“There’s no better game really, playing the top of the league, a side that are full of confidence and they’re doing really well,” he said in his pre-match press conference.
“But ultimately, that’s what you come into the league for, you know you’re going to come up against challenges, and there is no greater one that’s for sure at this stage of the season.”
He has a clear message for his players ahead of the game.
“Let’s go and embrace it and enjoy it, that’s the biggest thing for me. The biggest factor is that you’ve got to enjoy things.
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“I said the other night you’ve got to respect the opponents sometimes if they’ve got better players, squads are going to be bigger and better, but there’s no point going into games, or even turning up if you’ve got an attitude where you don’t think you’re going to win.
“We always feel that we can cause them problems, but that belief has got to come over a period of time.”
Unlike most Championship clubs, Coventry had a longer break since the suspension of football back in March, due to the cancellation of the League One Season, but while that means playing catchup for most of the squad, something that should be embraced.
“Also I’ve outlined previously that there are significant factors that means that we’re playing catchup, even if we’re on a level playing field,” he added.
“So we’ve still got work to do, but we can enjoy it while we’re doing it, it’s fantastic, brilliant.”