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INTERVIEW: Michael Rose Enjoying Life with the Sky Blues

The defender looks ahead to the visit of Accrington Stanley on Saturday...

1 November 2019

Michael Rose is “enjoying” life with the Sky Blues as the defender looks ahead to Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash with Accrington Stanley.

Rose has featured in each of City’s last six games in all competitions as he looks to nail down a starting spot in Mark Robins squad having overcome an injury setback earlier in the season.

Having crossed the border from Ayr United in the summer, Rose is enjoying learning every day with the Sky Blues and believes that the club provides the perfect platform for him to do that.

Rose said: “I’m really enjoying it here, it’s been really good so far. It’s definitely a club for learning, particularly for young players.

“You come in every day and, if you want to learn, they give you the platform to do that. For me it’s been perfect.”

The 24-year-old admitted whilst he was disappointed with how the Peterborough game ended last weekend, it was a positive week for the club who are now unbeaten in their last three league matches.

“We’re really disappointed with the way the Peterborough game ended because we got ourselves in a really good position.

“We just switched off collectively, we were so desperate for those three points we all just dropped off rather than trying to stay higher up the pitch.

“Overall, when you look at the week, it was a positive week. We were unbeaten across the two games and we have to take the positives from those games.

“Their attacking threat means you’re always aware of what they’re capable of, once we scored the second, they threw everyone forward and really went for it.

“When you look at the bigger picture though, it’s a good point and it was a positive week for us.”

The defender was also pleased with how the side has adapted to a new formation, after playing with three centre-backs from the outset at the Weston Homes Stadium.

“We changed to a new formation as well, which we didn’t even work on, it just came about due to the circumstances we were in. I thought it worked really well.

“I think playing with three centre-backs suits me and more importantly it suits everyone in the team.

“It’s good that all of us are playing, we’re all pushing each other every week so it’s good that we can all be on the pitch and help each other. I think it suits us.

“We’ve got really good full-backs that like to get forward and it gives us a chance to play two up front as well so we’re all enjoying it.”

Rose thinks that the partnership of Max Biamou and Amadou Bakayoko, up front, will cause problems for any side in the division after the pair produced a devastating display last time out.

“They have a good partnership, they’re both big lads and they occupy the centre-halves so well.

“I’ve been on the receiving end at times myself, in training, so they’ll cause problems for defenders in this league, definitely.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s clash with Accrington, Rose admits results need to improve against sides at the lower end of the table.

“We just need to take every game as it comes. That said, we do need to do better against teams at the lower end of the table.

“I don’t know if it’s because they’ll sit in and make it hard for us and try to dog it out.

“The responsibility is on us to go and get the three points and put the pressure on ourselves to win games like this.”


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