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INTERVIEW: "He’s Doing Really, Really Well"

Jordan Shipley could be set to make his 100th appearance...

22 November 2019

Saturday afternoon could mark a momentous occasion for Sky Blues midfielder, Jordan Shipley when City take on Sunderland.

Sky Blues Academy Graduate, Shipley could be set to make his 100th appearance for the club, two-and-a-half-years on from his debut for the club.

The 22-year-old has currently made 99 appearances, scoring 12 goals and City boss Mark Robins praised the contribution the midfielder has made so far.

He said: “It’s brilliant, for his age as well he’s still only a young man, 22 years of age just. He’s a young father, local, the supporters have really taken to him and he’s now starting to really knock on the door in terms of goalscoring and the output we were looking for from him there.

“The last two games he’s scored really good goals and we want that to continue from him, for me the drive is to just keep getting in the right positions and we’ve got to try and keep finding him but there’s others on the pitch as well who are making a big and significant impact.

“He’s not had too many opportunities to have a breather, he’s done that on occasion and I’ve made sure at times, obviously performance related and how he looks energy wise, but he’s doing really, really well energy wise and quality wise and now he’s getting chances to score goals.

“We know what his qualities are, and we know what he’s got to work on, we’re working on those things all those things and he’s reaping the benefits of that.

“He’s a really good kid as well, he wants to learn and the other side of it that nobody really sees other than locally is that he puts in an awful lot of work off the field with local supporters clubs, local hospitals and local people, he does a hell of a lot of work for the club on that front and sometimes off his own back.”

As well as Jordan Shipley in midfield, it has also been a big week for Jamie Allen, who has continued to his recovery from injury.

Allen featured for the Under-23s last week for 45 minutes and then played against Nuneaton Borough in the Birmingham Senior Cup this week.

Robins isn’t expecting much too soon from the midfielder as he needs time to get back up to the level of others in the side.

“He’s a really good player and I just want him to keep doing what he’s doing because our supporters are going to love him, they’ll love him when he’s in and around that team.

“The other players are going to feel the pressure soon and they’ve got to keep going because he’ll be breathing down their necks.

“He’s an outstanding talent and people might not be aware of what he can do but also on the back of it the others have had three months game time that he’s missed out on and he’s got to play a bit of catch up so it’s not going to be an instant thing.

“The signs are there, the good signs are there from the other night and I’m hopeful that he can keep going in that vain.”

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