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“I want to play as much as I can, the gaffer has got big ideas and targets for this season.” - Coventry City’s Chris McCann

16 August 2016

Sky Blues midfielder Chris McCann was the club's latest debutant, as City pick up a point against visiting side Bury...

Ex-Wigan midfielder Chris McCann made his Sky Blue debut in the 0-0 draw with Bury, having completed his first 90-minutes since the end of the 2015/16 season.

The 29-year old joined City over the summer, on a loan deal from MLS side Atlanta, whose season is set to start in March 2017. 

McCann, impressive in his first City appearance, spoke about the disappointment of the result but was pleased to have added another point to the club’s league tally.

He said: “Obviously not the result we wanted, especially at home, we want to be walking away with three points. We struggled to get our passing game going tonight. Ultimately we didn’t create enough in the final third, but we’ve taken a point. 

“We got Jodi and Reidy on in the second-half and things started to open up, on another night we could have had a couple of goals.

“Just that end product let us down. Reidy got in to some nice positions, and Dion got down the right and hit the side netting. A bit of composure is what we need and we won’t be far off.”

Fellow midfielder Andy Rose was forced off in the first-half with a knee injury, having taken a heavy knock, meaning the Irishman played the entire 90 in the middle of the park. 

With chances limited in the game, City gave a resilient defensive performance to claim their second consecutive clean sheet.

McCann added: “With Andy going off, it limited the manager’s options. I thought I did well to last the 90. The last ten minutes were tough, the game was getting stretched.

“It’s a new partnership with Vlad, hopefully we can start building up a good relationship. I want to play as much as I can, the gaffer has got big ideas and targets for the season. Things that the boys want to achieve and I’m sure the fans want to achieve also. 

“Top six is the aim, if I can help the boys get in to that zone it’ll be a good achievement. While I’m here I want to concentrate on my football at this club.

“It’s been difficult for the lads to build in all the new ideas and systems, it will take some time on the training ground to integrate things. You have got to be patient, it is a young group without too much experience, but give it time and it will come together.” 

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