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INTERVIEW: Jack Grimmer Reflects On Stoke City FA Cup Win

7 January 2018

Yesterday afternoon, the Sky Blues caused an FA Cup upset when they knocked Premier League side Stoke City out of the FA Cup in the Third Round.

Coventry took the lead early on from a corner, when Jordan Willis headed past Jack Butland to ensure City would head into the break 1-0 up.

However, a penalty against Willis in the second half then saw Charlie Adam equalise for the Potters just after the break.

But then, with 20 minutes remaining, a great run from defender Jack Grimmer gave him the opportunity to have a strike from range and he did so, scoring the winner against Stoke.

“It was a fantastic day for the club which you could see from the scenes at the end,” said the delighted City right-back.

“I cut inside and looked up to maybe cross it to the back post so it maybe surprised Butland when I hit the shot and it nestled in the bottom corner.

“I think they were maybe expecting a cross but I have thought to myself before that if I get in those positions then I will try to let loose, and luckily it went in. Sometimes we try to take an extra touch and try to walk the ball in the back of the net in the league when really we could shoot.”

“It’s easy to forget he was England’s No.1. He’s an excellent goalkeeper so that’s the cherry on top for me.

“It took me a while to sink in and if a photographer got my reaction on camera he would just see pure surprise, but it was an incredible feeling and one I have had before in the FA Cup, and long may that continue.”

After being pegged back in the second half from a spotkick, Grimmer insisted him and his team mates continued to believe that they could still go on to win the game.

“With the chances we had in the first half it was a bit similar to the league where we go 1-0 up and have chances but don’t quite get that second goal as a cushion.

“We knew they would start brightly and get chances in the second half because of the quality they have up front but we always knew as a team that we would get more chances and luckily we managed to sneak another goal.”

Grimmer also paid tribute to the supporters, who created a fantastic atmosphere inside the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, helping to spur on the Sky Blues.

“There was 14,000 people there and it needed to be a tight game to be a good atmosphere, and when we needed them most they were there for us. They were loud and put on a great atmosphere for us - the best I have seen here so far.

“We want to give the fans days like this and they came out in numbers today and the atmosphere was superb.”

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