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"This year I really want to stamp down a starting spot and show everyone what I can do." Coventry City's James Maddison

14 August 2015

The Sky Blues midfielder also talks about the physicality of League One and refutes claims he 'goes down easily...'

Coventry City midfielder James Maddison has expressed his eagerness to continue his good form and permanently secure his first-team spot.

The 18-year old has impressed with his two appearances so far this season but isn’t looking at any other goals or objectives other than making sure he gets in the team each week.

Maddison is also keen for the side to bounce back from their cup exit to Rochdale in midweek but acknowledges it will be a tough task against recently relegated Milwall. 

He said: "I just want to keep playing and showing people what I can do. This year I really want to stamp down a starting spot and show everyone what I can do. I’m not looking past that.

"I'm enjoying my football at the moment. It was a positive performance against Rochdale, in the second-half we looked a very good side.

“Hopefully we can take that into the Milwall game. The fans will be up for it, we'll be up for it and they lost in midweek so they'll be up for it. We're looking forward to a tough game.

“The gaffer's got a lot of experience. He's been around the block and told us what we we’re going to be doing, we buy into his tactical knowledge and it worked against Wigan. But every team is a different challenge, we've got to look at Milwall and we'll have a gameplan again."

Already this season, young Maddison has been fouled several times with referees opting to look the other way, prompting questions about whether he ‘goes down easily.’

But the young midfielder denies that claim, saying the way he plays draws free-kicks and that he will always try to stay on his feet.

“The physicality is a big thing, going from Academy football to League One,” Maddison added.

“I think I've always had the physicality, I like to tease challenges in, but it's part of the game - I'm not too bothered about getting a few kicks.

"I like to be creative and draw challenges and take it on the chin if I'm kicked. Sometimes it is frustrating, I always try and stay on my feet. It happens though, refs aren't always going to get it right but you've got to keep going.

“If I get fouled I try and stay on my feet. Defenders are going to foul and kick but as I say again, it's not a big thing I've just got to get on with it."

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