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INTERVIEW: "We are going to go out and try get the three points and put on a good performance for the fans"

26 April 2019

Midfielder Jordan Shipley reflected on recent good performances against promotion contenders, as he looked forward to the final home league game of the campaign.

City beat Sunderland 5-4 two weeks ago, with Shipley on the scoresheet, while their promotion rivals Portsmouth were run close in a 2-1 loss on Easter Monday.

“We thought we deserved a lot more out the game than what we got,” the Midfielder said.

“I thought we were the better team especially first half. If we took our chances then I think it would have been a different result, at 2-0 I don’t think they would have come back from that. As a team it was disappointing, but we will keep pushing until the end of the season.

“Hopefully next year we will come in and play the way we have this year and, with adding a few new faces, get ourselves up to where they are this year and get ourselves as high as we can.”

This Sunday afternoon, the Sky Blues face a Shrewsbury Town side full of familiar faces, who are battling at the lower half of the table.

“They have got a good few players, some of which I have played with before and the manager Sam Ricketts who was here”, Shipley said.

“They have a good team and I don’t expect them to go down, but we will be looking to win.

“I think I was a second-year scholar when he (Ricketts) was here, but he was good to have around and good to get advice off and someone I looked up to when he was here.”

Following injuries to Tom Bayliss and David Meyler against Bristol Rovers, the versatile Shipley has found himself in his favourited centre midfield berth in recent weeks.

“I’m enjoying playing in that position,” the Academy graduate admitted.

“I haven’t done it for a while but when I get the chance, I like to prove myself and I feel I have done in the last couple of games, so I am really enjoying it.”

Shipley has lined up alongside Captain Liam Kelly in the heart of the Sky Blues midfield, and 21-year-old praised his more experienced partner.

“He is a born leader and I think he has taken the armband on well. He is just a great player to play alongside.”

While results elsewhere may alter the consequences of Sunday’s game for the Sky Blues, Shipley made clear that the focus for the team will not change.

“It will be the same as it has been all year - to just go out there and play the way we have been and try and get the result.

“We are going to go out and try get the three points and put on a good performance for the fans for the last home game of the season.”

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