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INTERVIEW: Defender Rod McDonald on the Sky Blues' Newport County fixture

The defender previews the Sky Blues' upcoming League Two fixture...

18 August 2017

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The Sky Blues welcome Newport County to the Ricoh Arena tomorrow afternoon looking to make it three wins from three in League Two...

Defender Rod McDonald was one of twelve new additions added to the squad during the summer by Mark Robins, and has been an ever-present so far this season.

The 25-year old admitted he was delighted with the start both he and the Sky Blues have made.

"It is probably the best outcome I could have hoped for, especially being in defence. You pride yourself on a cleansheet and the lads in the forward areas are scoring goals, so I can't complain," McDonald said.

"It's down to the whole starting XI, everybody is working their socks off from the top of the pitch down to the 'keeper. You are going to concede goals, that's football, but at this moment we have to keep priding ourselves on the clean sheets.

"Liam Kelly and Michael Doyle are phenomenal to have in front of you as a defender, but the rest of the defence certainly help aswell. You have Chris Stokes to the left of me and then Jordan Willis and Jack Grimmer. It is a good unit."  

Discussing his move to the Sky Blues in the summer, McDonald was impressed with the vision portrayed by Manager Mark Robins in a meeting before he signed.

"I had a couple of other clubs interested but I think it was the meeting I had with the gaffer that really swung it towards me wanting to come here.

"What he wants to do and what he said was what I wanted to hear. We all the know the aim here is to get promoted and we're not going to shy away from that. That's what I want too.

"I'm focused on playing football. I find it pointless sitting on the bench for a Championship or League One side, you may as well drop down a division to play games and try to work your way back up,"

He added: "The team spirit has been really good since I came here to be honest. The new lads have all been made welcome and there is a good feel around the club right now."

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