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INTERVIEW: "We Need To Be At The Top Of Our Game"

Drysdale looks ahead to trip to Elland Road...

29 April 2019

Sky Blues defender, Declan Drysdale believes getting to the semi-finals of the Professional Development League is a ‘big achievement’.

City finished second in the Southern side of the division, setting up a semi-final clash with Leeds United at Elland Road on Monday night.

The winners of the tie will face Birmingham or Ipswich in the final and reflecting on how far they’ve come, Drysdale thinks him and his team mates have done themselves justice.

He said: “I think it’s a big achievement for us to have got to the semi finals and as Jase (Jason Farndon) has said before, he’s invested into the group.

“He has brought me in, and a few others and he’s invested a lot of time in us as well and we want to give something back and I think we’ve done that.

“Getting this far in the competition is a big thing, because there are some good teams in this league, and we’ve done ourselves justice.”

The Sky Blues came up against Leeds United back in August in their first game of the new season, suffering a 2-1 defeat that day.

Declan wasn’t at the club during this time, having put pen to paper on a dew with the Sky Blues during the January Transfer Window of 2019.

The centre-back has spoken to his team mates about their last meeting and the defender knows they will have to be at the top of their game to get a result

Drysdale added: “All the lads have said they’re a really good team from when they played them in the first game of the new season.

“We will need to be at top form because they’re going to be like that again and if not better, so we need to be at the top of our game and I’m sure we will be.

“It’s a massive ground and they’re a massive club, but its just a game of football like any other, but I am looking forward to it, under the lights, its going to be a good game.”

Drysdale came into the Sky Blues Under 23s side just as their form picked up and they went on a run of just two defeats in fourteen.

The defender feels he has helped to play his part in that and is proud of his performances since joining the club.

“I thought it would be harder then what it was when I joined back at Christmas time. It did take me a few games to get going and get adjusted to the speed, but I think I’m getting that now and I’m relishing that now.

“I’d like to think I’ve made an impact and I’ve helped improve the side. We’ve kept clean sheets and we’ve done well.

“It’s a good group of lads and we had a tough run at the start of the season, but we’re doing well, and I’d like to think I’ve helped improve the side, because that’s what I was brought in to do.”


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