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"I'm over the moon with my performance. Hopefully I can get an assist in every game!" - Coventry City's Ryan Haynes

17 August 2014

The City Academy graduate has also earmarked working on his defensive responsibilities to improve as a player....

Coventry City defender Ryan Haynes believes his pre-season match experience has helped him progress as a footballer after the 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

The Sky Blues recorded the narrow victory over the Blades at Sixfields thanks to Jim O'Brien's second-half header from a fantastic Ryan Haynes left-wing cross. 

The Academy graduate claimed the Man of the Match prize after the game and he was 'over the moon' with his performance and the first win of the season for the Sky Blues.

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Haynes said: "I'm over the moon at the moment. The team played really well today and we did everything which the manager pointed out in a meeting with us in the week.

"We had to try and solidify what will were trying to do in the new system and keep learning. We got the result to go with the performance which is great.

"I think my pre-season went well because when we were out in Italy, I was able to get a lot of minutes on the pitch which is really important. 

"It is the match experience which is really important and that experience in pre-season definitely helped me today. Hopefully I can keep my place in the team."

The 18-year old defender has now claimed two assists already this season having supplied the cross for Shaun Miller to tuck home in the 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup.

Whilst he was happy to see he is playing a part in City's goals, Haynes was also aware that he needs to improve the defensive side of his game.

He added: "I think my performance today proved I'm ready to step up to the first-team but like I've said, I just need to keep working hard to keep improving.

"I think the stronger side of my game is getting forward so I enjoy the wing-back role. I still need to work on my defensive work but if I can keep going forward and creating opportunities, I'll be happy.

"I'm happy with my assists and hopefully I can produce one of them every game! It was the winning mentality which really shone through today and it is always good to keep a clean sheet."

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