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"To play at Wembley is huge for the club, it is what we need at the moment to build a bit of belief." - Coventry City's George Thomas

7 February 2017

Academy graduate Thomas with the deciding goal as City book a place at Wembley...

Forward George Thomas was understandably joyous after the Sky Blues confirmed their place at Wembley in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Stuart Beavon opened the scoring, before the Welshman got in on the act with a superbly struck volley. The 19-year old has now netted three times in this season's trophy competition, with tonight's goal proving decisive. 

City will face the winner of Oxford United v Luton Town under the arch in April. “It was a great game, a big game. It is a chance to get to Wembley so all the lads were excited, but a little bit nervous as well. We knew there would be a lot of fans there so we didn’t want to let them down,” Thomas said.

“We got there in the end and did the job. The crowd were great all game, it’s always better when we have a loud crowd, cheering you on. Especially in the second-half when they got on top, it really does help you.

“It was a lively start, we knew they were going to come at us and when we saw Akinfenwa come on, we knew it was going to be physical, but the defenders and midfielders defended well.

Kyel Reid played a big part in the goal, and a rather modest George Thomas was keen to acknowledge that, even after applying the finish himself. 

“Credit to Kyel Reid because it was an unbelievable ball, it was a joke of a ball. I have seen their left back go for it, skim his head and land to me. I’ve took it on my chest and just tried to get it on target, and it’s gone in.

“I’m still 19-years old so personally to be able to have the chance to play at Wembley is a really good achievement. It is huge for the club as well, it is what we need at the moment to build a bit of belief.”

He added: “We’ll enjoy tonight, but when we come back on Thursday we’ll look ahead to Saturday because that is a hugely important game for us and we need to make sure we get the three points and start climbing that table.” 

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