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"We have really turned it around in recent weeks. There is still a long way to go, but it’s a start.” - Coventry City's Gael Bigirimana

2 November 2016

Midfielder Gael Bigirimana on the Sky Blues' 2-0 victory against Chesterfield at the Ricoh...

Gael Bigirimana admitted his side had to patient in their game against Chesterfield as they continued their unbeaten run at the Ricoh. 

After a sluggish first 45, second-half goals from Jordan Willis and Andy Rose gave City their third straight victory at home. 

Going into the match as favourites, Bigirimana was happy his side were able to improve as the game went on to claim the win. He said: “Chesterfield are in the relegation zone and fighting for their lives, so we expected them to come out quick.

“It is not so dissimilar to ourselves a month or so ago, so we knew it was going to be difficult at the start. We knew we had to be patient because Chesterfield were likely to come out fast and then look to sit back if they got the advantage. 

“We changed the shape a little when things were not working as we would have liked, but it was important to remain focused and not lose our concentration.”

The introduction of Andy Rose presented Bigirimana and Ben Stevenson with an extra body in midfield, something he believed helped the team go on to get the three points. 

“Sometimes you have to admit when things are not going right. Ben and myself were working incredibly hard in there but they were outnumbering us and getting the better of us in there. 

“It was a positive that we didn’t concede a goal when they were on top and we did well as a team to hold on. We all knew it wasn’t good enough in the first 45, but we shown that patience to come through it,”

He added: “I am just so pleased and proud of my teammates. We started the season off poorly, but we have really turned it around in recent weeks. There is still a long way to go, but it’s certainly a start.”


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