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Adebayor battle gives Edge confidence

7 January 2013

City defender says experience gained in Spurs defeat will serve Sky Blues well

Coventry City defender William Edjenguele believes the FA Cup match at Tottenham Hotspur was a great experience despite the 3-0 defeat.

The French defender drew a lot of praise for his performance against Togo international striker Emmanuel Adebayor as he consistently denied the former Real Madrid star during the second half.

The 25-year old was disappointed with the first half showing from the Sky Blues but believes you have to test yourself against the best to become the best.

Edjenguele said: "I think we had nothing to lose coming here and to come here and play against one of the biggest teams in England is always going to be a great experience.

"I am disappointed with our first half performance though as we didn't really give ourselves a chance in the match with the way we conceded the goals.

"We didn't show our real character in the first half but I thought we were good in the second half and dealt with them much better.

"I hope the fans can go home proud after our second half performance and we should have scored at least one because we had some really good spells.

"And for me to play against Emmanuel (Adebayor) was brilliant as he was a player I always watched when he was at Metz and Monaco. To play against him was a bit strange in that respect and I had the chance to speak to him a little bit which was good.

"I think I did well against him and I won a lot of our battles, but unfortunately it wasn't enough."

Edjenguele had City's best chance of the game in the second half when he headed Gary McSheffrey's corner towards goal only to see Brad Friedel pull off an incredible save down to his right.

The former Panetolikos player continued by saying he has gained a lot of confidence from playing against Spurs.

He added: "I am always confident in my ability and the more games I play here, the better I get. I am doing well at the moment and to play against the top players is always good because you need to test yourself.

"Hopefully, everyone in the side can take a lot of positives out of the performance and move on to the match in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this week.

"On Thursday, we can go into the game full of confidence in our ability having tested ourselves against the best today." 

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