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INTERVIEW: Ryan Haynes reflects on his return as City draw with Colchester

The Sky Blues defender looks back on Coventry's goalless draw...

22 October 2017

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Defender Ryan Haynes was delighted to make his return from injury as the Sky Blues were held to a goalless draw by Colchester United at the Ricoh Arena.

The 22-year-old played the full 90 minutes against the U's and even came close to finding the net with a header late on, during what proved to be a testing afternoon for Mark Robins' side.

"It is nice to be back out there," said Haynes.

"I put in three months of hard grafting to get back on the pitch. It is frustrating that we have not got the win but that will come. We just have to be patient.

"I think my legs are still out on the pitch somewhere. I'll recover tomorrow though and make sure I am ready to go again next week.

Haynes came in to replace Chris Stokes at left back in the what is currently the best defence in the English Football League, having only conceded eight goals.

City's struggles have been down the other end of the field, with Robins' side only managing 14 goals so far.

"I do not think we can think too much about it. When you start overthinking in front of goal you do miss things", he said.

"It is going to come naturally. We have got some very good strikers so as soon as one goes in loads will follow.

"The gaffer wants the fullbacks to join in and have a few shots ourselves. Jack [Grimmer] had a very good game today. His performance helped the team.

"I even came close today with a header. I should have done better. It was one of those where on another day it could have ended up in the net.

"Everyone at the club is professional enough to know that it is going to come. We just have to be patient.

He added: "I am over the moon to be back.

"It has been a long three months. This is my first ninety minute since the injury so that is a major step for me. Hopefully, I can push on from here."

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