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"I’m a local lad, I know a lot about Coventry City and I’m desperate for the club to survive." - Coventry City's Callum Reilly

10 February 2017

Local lad Reilly intent on building a survival case as City look to build on Tuesday's success...

Raised in the West Midlands, ex-Blues midfielder Callum Reilly is keen to help the Sky Blues in their quest to beat the drop this season.

The 23-year made the switch from Birmingham City to Burton Albion in 2015, and is now tasked with keeping current club Coventry City in League One. 

Commenting on the midweek semi-final victory, he said: “I’m enjoying playing games, and being involved in nights like Tuesday. It has been a struggle in the league but we’re looking at Tuesday as a turning point.

“It was more getting a win under our belts, and showing the fans what we’re capable of. It is a young team, second-half we had to man-up under the pressure. It was a good game all round, we learned a lot about ourselves.

“It was a good turnout and the atmosphere was brilliant. They seemed to enjoy themselves and we managed to put on a show for them.

“I’m a local lad, I know a lot about Coventry City and I’m desperate for the club to survive. I want to see the club do well. I’m in a rhythm now, fitness and sharpness are returning.” 

Having overcome Wycombe Wanderers midweek, the Sky Blues now turn their attention to league action, with a trip to fellow strugglers Oldham Athletic.

City’s next six fixtures are against teams in the bottom half of the division, and Reilly views that as an opportunity to make ground on rival teams.

He added: “I was pleased for Bevs, he works so hard and a lot of unselfish work. He’s a player that will always put himself about, and doesn’t get the credit he deserves. There is no one in the team who deserves it more.

“We needed to build on something, there is no better place to start than Saturday against a team who are a major rival for us. It is a critical period, we’ve had a meeting on the games coming up.

“We’ve discussed the characteristics, what we need as a team to achieve the points. It is a massive period, to try and make inroads and make a serious survival case.”

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