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INTERVIEW: "I have to show why I need to be in the team"

Zain Westbrooke scored his 4th goal of the season...

22 December 2019

Sky Blues midfielder, Zain Westbrooke is hoping he showed what he can bring to the team after the 1-0 win over Lincoln City.

The midfielder scored the only goal of the game in the win, finding the back of the net during the first half to score his fourth goal of the season.

Last week Zain found himself out of the starting eleven, but after being brought back in, he repaid the faith the manager showed in him to start against The Imps.

Now he is back in the side, Westbrooke wants to keep the shirt, but knows of the strength in depth the Sky Blues possess in midfield.

He said: “It’s difficult when you’re out, but there are so many good players in this team and last week we had five top class midfielders in there.

“When I’m out the team and then get a chance, I have to show why I need to be in the team and hopefully I did that.

“We all have to see it as a plus that we have so many good players to come in to take our spot and all that is going to do is push us on and make us play better like it did today.

“If you’re starting you have to show why you deserve the shirt.”

The midfielder’s goal came from some high pressing by the City captain Liam Kelly, who’s original effort was saved by Vickers in the Lincoln goal.

There were several shots from distance by City in the game and Westbrooke revealed how it was something they had to do to open the game up.

“In past games we’ve been trying to score the perfect goal in behind teams, and that’s what we want, to get in behind teams and get them running back to their goal and try and score.

“But when teams like Lincoln come up against us and they want to sit back and defend then we’re going to have to take shots from the edge of the box so that they come out to us and then we can get in behind.

“We’ve been working on getting more bodies in the box and I think at times today Matty Godden was on his own there and then it’s quite hard for whoever’s crossing to just pick one person out, so we just want to get more bodies in there and see what can happen.

“Kells (Liam Kelly) has had the shot and the keeper’s saved it up in the air and I was just there to take a shot and luckily for me it went in.”

In the second half, Lincoln came out looking for an equaliser and there was a moment in the game when the visitors had several corners as they piled on the pressure.

The Sky Blues dealt with this pressure and were able to see out the game for the three points to move back into the play-off places.

“It was a good performance, after last week we knew we had to turn up and bring a lot more to the game and I think we did that.

“First half we showed our dominance on the ball, created a lot of chances and the message at half time was to just get that second goal and kill the game off, but we didn’t do that and we knew then they we’re going to put more pressure on us.

“I think we dealt with it well, they had a string of corners and pressure but we stood up to that and that’s what you have to do if you want to be towards the top come the end of the season.

“We held them for the majority of the second half and defended on the edge of their box and that’s not where they want to be and we did well and it’s good to get a clean sheet as well.”

 

 


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