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'I didn't want to be substituted'

10 December 2012

Gary McSheffrey wanted to play the full 90 minutes against Walsall...

Coventry City midfielder Gary McSheffrey confessed he didn't want to be substituted during City's 5-1 over Walsall.

The 30-year old produced one of his finest displays of the season as the Sky Blues claimed victory for the fifth time out of their last seven league matches.

Carl Baker and David McGoldrick both grabbed impressive braces but McSheffrey earned a standing ovation from the City faithful when he was substituted in the 75th minute thanks to his all-action display.

McSheffrey said he was grateful for the appreciation from the Ricoh Arena crowd but wanted to get a full 90 minutes in against the Saddlers.

The City midfielder said: "It was a bit annoying as I don't want to come off in games. Coming off with 15 minutes to go and the game was beginning to open up more so I probably could have scored a few.

"Obviously, it is nice to be appreciated and standing ovation was a great moment for me but I would rather I stayed on the pitch and kept working hard for the team until the very end.

"I want to be finishing games and getting as many minutes under my belt as possible. I am happy with the way we have all played today and going into Doncaster next week, it will be a big game.

"They are a good team with some quality players and it is never easy going to their place so we will have to be at our best.

"I am sure it will be a good game though and it will definitely be one we will be looking forward to."

The last time Coventry lined up against Walsall was in January 2004 when City ran riot at the Bescot Stadium with an impressive 6-1 victory.

McSheffrey scored a brace against the Saddlers that day and he is happy with his form over City's Midlands rivals.

He added: "I think recalling the last win against them shows my age. It was a long time ago and they had a very good team back then.

"They had Paul Merson playing that day along with quite a few other quality players. It was a Championship game back then and it was a really good win that day and I scored two.

"I would have liked to have done that at the weekend as well but we have scored a lot of goals lately and we are really picking it up at the moment.

"The important thing was the manner of the win and as soon as we got going, we never looked like we were going to lose."

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