Saints loanee, Jack Stephens sets his sights on promotion as the Sky Blue's defeat Bury by a record-equalling scoreline...
Deadline day signing, Jack Stephens has outlined his aspirations for the remainder of his time with the Sky Blues after capping a home debut with a clean sheet on Saturday.
Tony Mowbray’s men registered a seasons best six goals against Bury on Saturday and equalled the record for the best win margin in League One this season.
The 22-year old defender dropped in to centre-back alongside fellow loanee Baily Cargill and was especially pleased with the team’s defensive performance.
“6-0 win, you can’t ask for more than that. Most importantly, a clean sheet and three points," Stephens commented.
The young defender was encouraged by his emerging partnership with Cargill at the heart of the Sky Blues' defence, having played together during spells with the England youth setup.
“We’ve played together a few times, with the England U20s and I have known him for a few years now. We get on really well off the pitch and that always helps on the pitch as well."
Stephens was also part of the Swindon Town squad who made the play-off final last season, alongside captain Sam Ricketts and the Southampton loanee is hoping to repeat that same success with City during this season’s campaign:
“It’s a good club to be at, the lads have been great and the manager is good. I just want to be playing football.
“You’ve seen what the attacking players can do, hopefully we can continue that form over the next few weeks and get a run going.”
Sky Blue’s boss, Tony Mowbray has made it clear that the reinforcements to the squad during the transfer window were to bolster the side’s defensive record.
The Stephens-Cargill partnership will offer a different option to the manager and have already been praised for their ability on the ball as well as off it.
Stephens said: “He [Tony Mowbray] wants me to be strong and physical, but also to get the ball down and play, play out from the back which I think we did well [against Bury].”