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Football: States success for Sky Blues; US trip has got campaign off to good start says Fletcher.

Byline: By Andy Turner

COVENTRY CITY have hailed their pre-season trip to the United States as a success.

The Sky Blues last night cruised to a 3-0 victory over the BYU Cougars in Salt Lake City, Utah, to add to the 1-1 weekend draw with Portland Timbers in what was a tour geared more to fitness and bonding of new players rather than results.

And club managing director Paul Fletcher believes the trip will stand the team in good stead as they prepare for the first match of the Championship on August 6.

"We have started to assemble a team which looks like it might be knocking on the door of the play-offs and yet, we have to keep drawing ourselves back a little bit and remember that it's a three-year plan," said Fletcher who travelled out to the States for part of the tour.

"It is not going to happen overnight. We are looking forward to the new season but we are not guaranteeing that we are going to get straight back to the Premiership. People have to be patient with us, but so far so good.

"All of the squad take their jobs very seriously. They are professional players and the manager has them very well organised.

"It gives them some kudos to be visiting a lovely place like America and a feel-good factor, and shows everyone that we are serious about what we are doing.

"We haven't taken them to Fleetwood or Torquay and hopefully the players can see that we are serious about our objectives."

City are now preparing to travel home when they will be given the weekend off before greturning to training on Monday.

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MEET THE SKY REDS .. . Coventry's Gary Mc Sheffrey, wearing the club's new away strip goes tripped up by BYU's Hugh Van Wagenen during last night's game.
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Date:Jul 12, 2006
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