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'I didn't think I was ready to play'

5 March 2014

Nathan Delfouneso also hopes the injury is now behind him and he can kick on at Coventry...

Coventry City striker Nathan Delfouneso has revealed he didn't think he was ready despite scoring the winning goal in the 2-1 win against Walsall.

The on-loan Aston Villa striker came on for Chuba Akpom during the second-half and scored his first goal for the club since sealing his loan deal from Aston Villa with six minutes remaining.

City winger Michael Petrasso burst past Adam Chambers before crossing for Delfouneso who found the net via the crossbar to claim an important three points for the Sky Blues.

The City striker said: "It was always going to be a tricky game for us but that is a huge three points.

"We've been going through a tricky patch in the season so it was important we claimed a victory tonight because we have a lot of games in March.

"I didn't think I was quite ready to be honest as I haven't quite got that reaction back yet after my injury but the gaffer wanted me to be involved tonight.

"I'm delighted to score my first goal for the club as that's what I came here to do."

Delfouneso sealed his loan deal from Premier League side Aston Villa in January but has only been able to make two appearances before tonight's game due to a groin injury.

The City striker hopes the injury is now behind him and he can focus on getting more game-time with the Sky Blues.

He added: "It was a good goal to score. I was delighted to contribute and Michael Petrasso caused them problems throughout the match.

"It was one of the things we targeted as we knew his pace would be difficult for them to deal with and it paid off tonight.

"I'm hoping the injury is now behind me and I can get playing some games for Coventry now as that's why I came here.

"I've been very frustrated with it but now it is important for me to go home and rest up to make sure I'm ready for Saturday."

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