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INTERVIEW: Amadou Bakayoko reflects on Emirates FA Cup late leveller

City face FA Cup replay...

2 December 2019

Callum O’Hare’s last-minute equaliser ensured The Sky Blues will be in the hat for the Emirates FA Cup third round draw this evening.

O’Hare was introduced in the second half along with Amadou Bakayoko and Bakayoko was pleased that his side have another opportunity to progress in the competition.

He said: “We have another chance of going at the competition and we haven’t lost in nine games now so there are definitely positives that everyone can take from the game.

“The boys have done really well, they have worked hard, especially our midfielders, and we did really well at the end to get the goal.

“We dug deep as we always do and we made sure we got something out of the game.”
City host Ipswich on Saturday before their reply at Portman road and Bakayoko felt that the game was a perfect chance to assess the team they will be familiar with this month.

He said: “Today was good to work Ipswich out and I don’t think they usually play like they did today they usually go longer and more direct but they passed the ball a lot more.

“I don’t know if that was because we let them but they weren’t as direct as usual.

“The next few games will be interesting and a good test, and today was a good way to see how they play and how they work.”

Bakayoko was reunited with strike partner Max Biamou, who returned from suspension, and admits his relationship with the striker can cause teams problems.

He said: “Max has worked hard to get back and it is definitely good to have him back because it’s another option for the gaffer.

“It’s handy having a strike partner because you can share the work load and we are all different strikers so when we play together you have to work things out with each other.”

Bakayoko was also full of praise for the match winner O’Hare and the teams never say die attitude can only stand them in good stead.

He said: “Callum did really well when he came on, he had a lot of energy and it changed the game a little bit.

“I think it confused them with us changing the system which definitely helped and worked in our favour in the end because it started off quite tough for the boys.”

City’s attention now turns to the Leasing.com Trophy as they travel to MK Dons on Tuesday evening and Bakayoko insists that every game is crucial.

He said: “All of us want to get far in every competition and we want to win every single game.
“We are taking the cups seriously and we will be going to MK Dons to win.

“Everyone just needs to keep working and to do even more to make us even better.”


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