Wed, Dec

STERN JOHN insists he has nothing to prove to Derby County's fans and manager when he comes face to face with them for the first time since ending his disappointing three month loan at the club.

Rejected by the Rams, who originally took him with a view to a permanent deal, John was roundly booed by the Pride Park faithful before falling out of favour with Phil Brown.

But the 29-year-old striker, who has bounced straight back into Coventry City's first team, holds no hard feelings, although he admits he would take particular pleasure from scoring a goal at the Ricoh Arena this Saturday.

"It is a big game for us on Saturday and we need to roll our sleeves up and get a result," said the Trinidad and Tobago international.

"Derby had a big win against Crewe last Saturday, scoring five goals, so they will be coming to us with some confidence as well. But we play well at home so we have to give it our all and get a result.

"I don't have to prove a point to anyone because I know what I can do and I have done well so far for Coventry since I have been back.

"I just want to continue putting in my shift and staying in the team. That's the most important thing for me because I don't want to prove anything to Derby or their fans.

"I went there on loan and it didn't work out but that's just football some times. I just want to go out there and get my head down on Saturday and help the team win the game.

"But it would be nice to get a goal. I am due one again soon, so hopefully I can get it on Saturday."

He added: "I am really enjoying my football since I have been back. I am working hard in training and this is the best I have felt since joining Coventry.

"It would be nice to keep a good run of form going for the rest of the season and hopefully take that into the World Cup, but there is still a long way to go and strikers are judged on the number of goals they score.

"You don't tend to get that many chances but I had one good chance against Reading and the keeper saved it, and that's how it is sometimes. You just have to keep going and roll with the punches."