Striker Jordan Ponticelli netted his first league goal for Coventry City in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Notts County, and faced the press following the Meadow Lane encounter.
Coming on as a substitute, Ponticelli’s audacious back heel put the Sky Blues level in the 85th minute but the hosts pulled in front again just a minute later to secure the three points.
Talking through his goal, Ponticelli said:
“It’s being alert in the box. The ball’s gone in the air, Sparky’s gone to overhead kick it, I don’t think he’s got as clean a strike as he wanted, but it’s fell to me and I had the ability to get my leg around it and backheel it into the far corner.
“I think that caught the keeper off guard, but I was just glad to see it in the back of the net.”
The 19-year-old’s finish proved to be in vain however, as Jonathan Forte added to his earlier goal to put Notts County 2-1 ahead.
“I think we grafted and grafted, and that’s something we didn’t want to happen”, said the City striker.
“It’s a bit of luck on their part that it was bouncing around and next thing you know it’s in the back of the net.
“I think a point away from home at Notts County would have been massive for us, but we were unfortunate not to get that.”
“There’s disappointment. We got ourselves back in the game, got a good foot hold at 1-1 – I think we could have pushed and got a winner the way the game was going, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and we’re disappointed we couldn’t bounce back.”
Asked about the Sky Blues’ promotion hopes with the team currently in the play-off places, the Coventry born youngster was optimistic.
“All I want to see is my teammates and all of us at the club doing well. We’ve got a massive chance of getting promoted this year.
“With the depth and the quality we have in the squad, we should have a good chance of pushing for that promotion.
“Five games left, it’s very important we keep doing what we’re doing. Everyone is working as hard as they can every day, and I think the results will come. It’s a massive, massive last five game season for us.”