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INTERVIEW: Michael Rose looks ahead to Shrewsbury clash

Rose looking for all three points...

13 December 2019

Sky Blue defender Michael Rose is determined  to pick up the sides first league away win as City travel to Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Rose feels Tuesday night’s victory at Ipswich is a bench mark for away performances for the rest of the season, as the front four were equally impressive as the back four.

Rose said: “I thought it was a really strong performance, we played some really good stuff and scored two really good goals.

“It gives you some good momentum because we have been drawing a lot of games recently so we will definitely be carrying that confidence into Saturday.

“We will be going there trying to win the game and past records don’t mean anything, we will be going there to win and to take the game to them because it is all about us on Saturday.”

City travel to Shrewsbury having lost just one of their last twelve games but Rose wants to turn that run into a winning one.

He said: “We are on a good unbeaten run now and we are pushing hard each day to get even more results to make it a run of wins.

“We have won two away games in the cup now but we need to take that into the league and we have a chance to do that on Saturday.

“We know it will be a tough game because every team is tough, they are a strong team and try to play football so it should be a good game.”

Rose has enjoyed a run of games in the side as part of a back three and four, but knows that the strength in the squad means performances levels must remain high throughout the whole of the season.

He said: “We have a really strong squad and when the manager leaves players out they are first team players that’s how strong the team is.

“Everyone needs to be on it every week so it brings the best out of people and that is a positive for everyone.

“We are all just focusing on improving as a squad and hopefully we can show that again on Saturday.”

The Sky Blues have taken a two-goal cushion just once in the league this season but Rose is confident that with many of the forwards returning from injury and suspension that goals will start to flow, but admitted responsibility doesn’t just fall with the forwards.

He said: “If I do my job at the back then we should go on to win games because the forwards and midfielders can be so good.

“It takes the pressure off at the back if they are performing and Tuesday, they were really good and I think that was the first time they had all played together as well.

“We need to be ruthless and take advantage when we are on top and start putting the chances we create away, but we also work on set pieces a lot and the gaffer has been on at us at the back to get more goals.

“I have only scored once since I have been here and that is something I need to work on because to be successful as a team you need goals from all over the pitch.

“I have got the confidence and belief in myself, I am loving my time here, and I love the way the manager works.”


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