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INTERVIEW: Jonson Clarke-Harris Reflects On FA Cup Fifth Round

The Sky Blues fell to defeat on the South Coast...

18 February 2018

The Sky Blues bowed out of the FA Cup yesterday afternoon, as they fell to Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium.

Despite the 3-1 defeat, City produced a performance to be proud of and could have got back into the game late on, had chances fallen their way.

Mark Robins fielded a starting eleven which boasted six academy graduates in the starting eleven, including two on the bench in the form of Dion Kelly-Evans and Jordan Ponticelli.

One of the six who started the game, his first start for the Sky Blues, was the returning Jonson Clarke-Harris, who managed to score his first goal for the club and the striker was delighted to get off the mark.

He said: “It was very pleasing. I think I should have had two at least, I think the first effort I had was unlucky and the second one hitting the outside of the post I should have scored but I’m pleased I got a goal.

“I’m pleased how the team performed in the second half because we gave it a right good go and we’ve come here to a Premier League team with no fear.”

Talking about his goal: “I hit it on the outside of the foot on the half volley and I’ve finessed it.

“I’m made up with that goal to be honest because it’s been a long time for me and it’s a chance for me to get back out there and show everyone what I can do.

"I’ve had an injury, so it’s nice to come and play football and have someone who trusts you.

“You can take positives out of today’s game and that’s something for us to build on heading into the next away game against Mansfield, nobody is down I just don’t think performances have been the best, so we need to go next week.”

Despite going three goals down in the game, the second half saw the Sky Blues have the majority of the ball and with appeals for a penalty and hitting the woodwork in either half, City can count themselves unlucky.

After Clarke-Harris got on the scoresheet, Coventry camped in the Brighton half looked to find another goal, but it wasn’t meant to be, but Clarke-Harris was proud of the way him and his team mates performed.

“I think that’s all it was just confidence and that’s what a goal can do and anything can happen, that’s why football is so good and why I love football because we’ve put Premier League players on the back foot.

“It just goes to show you what can happen in football and if we get another goal and then they would have been more on the back foot.

“I’m really proud of the team, the club and the fans today who have travelled down in numbers.”

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