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INTERVIEW: Max Biamou Ipswich Town Reaction

The striker scored the Sky Blues equaliser against Ipswich yesterday...

8 December 2019

Max Biamou “always believed” he would put his injury woes behind him after scoring yet again in the Sky Blues draw with Ipswich Town on Saturday.

That strike moves the Frenchman onto five goals in all competitions, putting him top of the Sky Blues scoring charts.

Biamou has enjoyed a dream return to the first-team fold after being side-lined for over a year with an ACL injury.

Biamou said: “I always believed in myself to come back. If you feel under pressure and that you have to score goals every game that’s not good for you. It’s about having confidence.

“If you watch me now, compared to two years ago, I’m a completely different player and that comes from working hard both on and off the pitch.

“When you’re injured for a long time, it’s very hard just watching the other players play football as I’m a football player and I want to play all the time.

“When you come back, it’s hard to be frustrated with yourself, even if I don’t score goals, the best thing for me is to enjoy my football first and after that the goals will come.

“I was working hard during my rehab to be a better striker and I think since the beginning of the season I’m doing well.

“I’ve scored probably 12 or 13 goals with the 23s and the first-team so I’m very happy with my performance at the moment.”

Despite leading the overall scoring charts for the Sky Blues this season, Biamou insists he won’t be happy unless City achieve promotion this season.

““I’ve got the same goal as the team – to get promoted. If I’m top scorer at the end of the season and we don’t get promoted, I won’t be happy.

“I’m just trying to help the team win every game. We have to keep working hard to stay at the top of the league and get promoted this season.”

City remain in the play-off places after yesterday’s draw with the Tractor Boys and Biamou believes a change of formation helped the Sky Blues recover to earn a point in the second half.

“I think Ipswich are one of the best teams in the league, so I think this is a good point against a very good team.

“It was very hard for us during the first half and we tried to change formation in the second half which was probably better for us.

“We saw in the first half that it was difficult to play our football and we tried to change to find the midfielders quicker and we did that very well and it allowed us to get the goal.

“They scored from a set-play and even though I think since the beginning of the season we’ve been very good from set-pieces, sometimes we can concede a goal.

“Keane is very good in the air and we knew that, and the gaffer told us that we have to be aware of him.

“If you look at our previous season, compared to this season, we are completely different. We haven’t conceded many goals from set-plays and we’ve been much better in that area this season.”

The striker was also delighted to see Jodi Jones return to action in mid-week and believes that, like himself, the winger will come back a better player than he was before his injury.

“I’m very happy for Jodi because he did his ACL twice and I think everybody knows how good he is and how good he was before his injury.

“We don’t want to rush him back because he’s an amazing player and we definitely need him this season.

“He had nearly two years without playing football, so I think he’s grown up at the same time.

“He’s a good player and a good lad and that’s why I try to push him, I want the best for him, and I know he’ll be one of our best players when he’s fit.”


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