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INTERVIEW: Sam McCallum Wants Promotion With Sky Blues

The defender scored in City's Emirates FA Cup win against Colchester...

10 November 2019

Sam McCallum wants a “promotion” at the end of the season with the Sky Blues after helping City reach the second round of the Emirates F.A. Cup on Saturday.

McCallum scored City’s second goal in their win away at Colchester United, when his free-kick from more than 35-yards out evaded everybody before finding the bottom left corner.

The wing-back produced an excellent display on Saturday afternoon and was pleased with City’s collective performance at the JobServe Community Stadium.

McCallum said: “Before the game we knew we couldn’t be complacent, Colchester are a good side, and we just had to get ourselves into the hat for the next round and we did that.

“Everything worked really well today, we kept the ball well and kept a clean sheet as well.

“The gaffer said that the only disappointment was that we didn’t score a goal in the second half and I think regardless of whether we scored or not, we still dominated the half.”

He was delighted to have scored from a set-piece and believes he is now more comfortable around the squad than he was at the start of the season.

“I felt like was still settling in at the beginning of the campaign, but now I feel like I’m a bit more comfortable with the squad.

“I was surprised to take so many set-pieces today. At the start of the season, I don’t think the gaffer had a lot of confidence in me taking them.

“Yesterday, in training, Jason just said make sure you’re hitting the far post because you never know what happens and it’s paid off today.”

He also spoke about the difficulties of playing as a wing-back and believes the role requires plenty of athleticism to get up and down the pitch.

“You have to be quite athletic to play wing-back. You have to get forward and get back almost spontaneously.

“At one point you can be attacking and the next point they can be countering, and you have to get back on the cover.”

McCallum is keen to achieve promotion with the Sky Blues this season whilst also hoping to continue his own development as a player.

“As everyone else at the club wants, I want a promotion at the end of the season.

“On a personal note I feel like I just need to keep playing games and more importantly to keep playing games consistently.

“I’ve had a good run of games now and that has given me time to build up my confidence.

“It was a good confidence boost, knowing that the gaffer can be confident in sending another player out on loan and keeping me to be one of his two left back’s this season.

“I think it came quicker than I thought and probably even quicker than the club thought.

“I just need to keep my head down, keep playing and keep getting minutes and hopefully I can progress from there.”


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