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INTERVIEW: Tom Bayliss Talks Charlton Win

The midfielder struck late on to give City three points...

27 December 2018

Tom Bayliss’ 89th minute goal secured all three points at the Ricoh Arena as the Sky Blues saw off Charlton Athletic 2-1 on Boxing Day.

Jordy Hiwula had given City the lead in the first half with a fine header, but Darren Pratley pulled the Addicks level after the restart.

Bayliss’ goal was his second of the season and the midfielder believes that the Sky Blues were deserved winners on the day.

He said: “It’s been a long time coming, we had five or six games where we were unbeaten, and we’ve gone on this spell where we haven’t won a game, but I think we’ve been doing the right things on the training ground and we got back to what we knew today and that came to fruition for us.

“I wouldn’t say the unbeaten run was on our minds, we were always confident in what we do and what we know.

“I think we just needed to get back to the basics of pressing and trying to pass the ball about which we know we can do and that was the difference.

“The gaffer said to us that he was going to pick a younger side today and lets just get after them and see how they can deal with it. Away from home we kind of let them play but today we were in their faces and we can go toe to toe with anyone in the league.”

The result see’s Mark Robins’ men do the double over the Addicks after a late goal from Amadou Bakayoko won the game late on at The Valley earlier in the season.

“I think the Charlton players are going to be glad to see the back of us to be honest.” Bayliss said.

“They are a really good team and away from home they’re good, but today I think we really deserved the three points.

“It was a confident changing room at half time and even if we’re losing its always a confident changing room that we can turn it around, but we’re just buzzing for today.”

After scoring against Bradford earlier on in the season, Bayliss doubled his tally for the campaign, but insists he wants more as the season goes on.

“I’ve been working on that with the assistant manager Adi Viveash. I need to increase my goal and assist output. Today I’m just buzzing that it has crept in the bottom corner.

“I think the whole team stuck to the game plan and we know what a dangerous team we can be when we’re all working together, and we proved that today.

“I’ve got a little target, but I’ll definitely keep that one to myself.”

The Sky Blues will now be hoping that the win over Charlton can now set them on another unbeaten run with a tough run of fixtures coming up.

“One of the lads has just said that the start of our five-game winning streak started at Charlton, so hopefully that can spark us, and we can go on another unbeaten run because you can see today the performances were really good.” He said.

“I’m still only 19, I know I have played quite a few games but I’m still learning, and I am going to go out there and express myself every time I get on the pitch.

“I definitely prefer playing in the middle, but I’ll play anywhere, I don’t really mind.”


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