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INTERVIEW: Conor Chaplin looks ahead to Saturday's big game against Sunderland

28 September 2018

Conor Chaplin is excited for the Sky Blues' League One fixture against Sunderland this Saturday (12:30pm KO).

City welcome the Black Cats to the Ricoh Arena tomorrow afternoon for the first time in 12 years and there is expected to be over 15,000 supporters in attendance.

"To play in those types of atmospheres is why everyone wants to be a footballer.

"It's on Sky too and with however many Sunderland are bringing it'll be a brilliant atmosphere."

The Sky Blues summer signing is looking forward to the test but knows it will be tough.

"First and foremost they're a really good team.

"They've only just come down from the Championship last season.

"They've got a big core of the players they had in the Championship still there, even Premier League players as well.

"They are a really good, experienced team and it's going to be a difficult task.

"But we had the same against Barnsley and I thought we were just as good, if not better on the day."

City have created many chances this season and Chaplin hopes the team can capitalise when they are on top this time out.

"It was a really disappointing result at the weekend against Bristol Rovers.

"But we started really brightly.

"The first two goals we conceded as a defensive unit was not good enough and we know that as a group of players.

"We can't start that well in a game and then be 3-0 down after 23 minutes, it gives you a mountain to climb.

"I thought though when we went in at half time 3-1 down just after Dom [Hyam's] goal we still could go on and win the game with the way we were playing, because of the amount of chances we created."

The 21-year-old is still settling in at the club since his recent transfer and has now moved into the area.

"Yeah it's been good, I've been really enjoying it and have settled in well.

"I've finally found a place to live and my girlfriend's come up with me and my dog, so I'm happy as Larry," he said joyously.

Chaplin continued: "It takes time.

"A few of the lads I've already played with before so that's helpful.

"Obviously Michael Doyle and the relationship I have with him both on and off the pitch."

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