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INTERVIEW: Jordan Willis Talks FA Cup and Walsall

The defender looking forward to getting back to action...

9 November 2018

Sky Blues defender, Jordan Willis is looking forward to the start of the FA Cup, in what he calls ‘a special competition’.

Last season, City progressed to the Fifth Round of the competition, beating Premier League side Stoke City along the way.

Jordan scored the opening goal in that game, heading past Jack Butland and setting the Sky Blues on their way to a 2-1 victory.

Ahead of the First Round tie against Walsall this weekend at the Banks’s Stadium, Willis is looking to extend City’s unbeaten run.

He said: “The team as a whole is looking solid, like I have said before everyone takes pride in not letting the ball in the back of the net and it has started to produce results on the other end as well.

“I think that’s the sign of a good team keeping a long unbeaten run going as well and hopefully we can continue that with a win on Saturday.

“Playing Walsall this Saturday feels more of a league game because they are in the same league but when you play a team from a different division it will feel a bit different.

“It’s a great competition, some special things happen in the FA Cup, it’s a good chance to prove yourself against teams in the higher division if you get through these early stages.”

This weekend, the Banks’s Stadium will expect just under 3,000 Sky Blue supporters packing out the away end for the First Round.

The Sky Blues have won their last three games on the road, beating the likes of Charlton, Southend and Bradford along the way.

Willis admitted it makes a big difference having such a large away following backing the team each week and has played it’s part.

He said: “It’s great to get fans behind you on the pitch especially late on in the game it keeps us going it gives us that second wind that we sometimes need towards the end of the game.

“In an away game on someone else’s ground, sometimes 1000-2000 sky blue fans cheering you on, it definitely gives you a boost.

“Being on the other end of it sometimes when the other team has got on top and their fans are loud, it does play a part on the pitch.

“I think sometimes it may play a part in other team suffering the same, obviously that helps us and we have started to get some late goals in the game and that could be a factor.”

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