City midfielder dedicates dramatic cup win over Blues to the Sky Blue Army
Sky Blues midfielder Carl Baker believes he had his best ever game in a Coventry shirt in the 3-2 win over Birmingham City.
For the first time in 3 years and 8 months, City came from behind to secure their place in the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup.
Cody McDonald and Kevin Kilbane scored to put City in front after Peter Lovenkrands’ opener in the fourth minute. Jonathan Spector’s strike put the away side level before the break and after a goalless second half, the tie went to extra time.
Baker secured the memorable win in the 98th minute and he hopes City can use the win as a platform for the rest of the season.
The midfielder said: “That win is a welcome relief for all of us really. We went home really unhappy after the game on Saturday as it was a poor performance.
“We had to respond to that and I feel we have today. We did ourselves proud and we have performed tonight the way we can perform.
“Shawsy (Richard Shaw) sent us out there wanting us to give it everything and we responded to that. I think the lads showed a great attitude. We love Shawsy and Carso (Lee Carsley) and I think the workrate showed that.
“It is a great testament to Shawsy that lads can go out there and perform the way we did as it shows the lads really like him. I think we can use this win to push on from now.”
The former Stockport man was named as Man of the Match for his performance and he thinks it was his best performance for the club since moving to the Ricoh Arena in January 2010.
He added: “I suppose it is my best performance. The thing is you don’t really remember it because you are involved in it of course.
“I felt really fit today. I expected to hit a bit of a brick wall when we went into extra time but I was fine and kept going.
“A lot of players were getting really tired at that point and I really enjoyed it today. We knew it was going to be a tough game but it is just pleasing that everyone played brilliantly.
“The performance was for the fans, for them sticking with us. Hopefully we can continue that.”