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INTERVIEW: Zain Westbrooke On His First Sky Blues Start

The midfielder made his first start against Southend...

30 December 2018

Sky Blues midfielder, Zain Westbrooke made his first Sky Blues start yesterday afternoon against Southend United at the Ricoh Arena.

With an injury to Luke Thomas in the previous game, Westbrooke came into the stating eleven in a like for like change on the right-hand side.

However, despite being a centre midfielder naturally, playing out wide wasn’t something out of the ordinary for Zain and he felt he settled in well.

He said: “It was a good game, it was pretty never wrecking at the end but I think overall it was really good to get my debut and get the three points.

“I found out yesterday in training I would be starting the game.

“I knew Luke (Thomas) wouldn’t be in the team but I didn’t think I would play right wing.

“I’m just happy to get in the team and I’ll play anywhere and I’m really happy with how it went and I’m proud.

“Normally I’m a centre midfielder, but I’m an attacker, I like to get forward and putting me on the wing, I know how to play in the team and in the system so it wasn’t much of a shock to me

Zain joined the Sky Blues from Brentford earlier on in the year after impressing whilst on trial with City.

The midfielder has had to bide his time to get his opportunity, having been hampered by injuries for the majority of the 2018/19 season.

It was also Westbrooke’s first ever start in the Football League and he admitted there was a few nerves to start with, but he soon settled into the game.

“I think I got a few nerves away at the start making a few passes and I just got into the game.

“The lads helped me settle down in the game and in making me feel like I was supposed to be out there.

“I’ve been waiting for my chance.

“I’ve been injured a few times this season and I’ve been waiting and training with the team and the Gaffer has been giving me confidence and I was ready to jump straight in.”

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