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INTERVIEW: Michael Rose Wants To Keep Learning After Forest Green Clash

The defender made his first start in over a month...

9 October 2019

Michael Rose wants to keep “learning” after the Sky Blues were beaten on penalties by Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night in the Trophy.

The defender made his first start for the Sky Blues since suffering an injury against Blackpool last month and helped City keep a second consecutive clean sheet in the competition.

Despite that injury setback, Rose wants to keep learning and working hard as he vies for a starting berth ahead of the game against Tranmere Rovers on Sunday.

Rose said: “I picked up a little injury against Blackpool which set me back, it was just unlucky. The boys that have come in have done really well so I’ve just had to be patient and work hard.

“I’m hoping to start against Tranmere on Sunday but obviously that’s the manager’s decision.

“If I get my chance, I’ve got to take it because everyone’s fighting for a starting spot. I just need to get my head and keep working and keep learning.”

Rose was pleased with the Sky Blues overall performance on Tuesday night, but was disappointed to have lost on penalties.

“We’re disappointed to have lost in the shootout. We had a lot of chances to win the game, but we didn’t take them, and they’ve taken the extra point in the shootout.

“The main thing for us was to put in a performance after Saturday. We were always going to get beat at some point, but it was the manner of the defeat that was disappointing.

“It was important that we came and put in a performance tonight and overall, I think we did that. We just didn’t take our chances.”

The centre-back, who turns 24 on Friday, thinks it’s important that City re-find their form quickly and will continue to play out from the back despite their struggles in their last league outing.

“We’re hurting after Saturday’s result. It’s everyone’s responsibility, we need to set standards every single week if we want to be up there, but we fell below that on Saturday and hopefully that doesn’t happen again.

“I think we just need to try and get back to the way we’ve been playing. When we get it right, it’s been really good, so we just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing and keep winning games.

“We want to keep playing out from the back, it’s a style of play that everyone likes playing.

“Like the gaffer said, there will be bumps in the road, but we just need to stay confident and keep playing our game. If we do that, we’ll definitely win more matches than we’ll lose.”

He also gave his thoughts on Sunday’s opposition and thinks it will be another tough fixture in front of the Sky cameras.

“They’re all tough games. We need to go in and stamp our authority on the game because we’re the home side and show everyone why we’ve got such a good record at home. We’ve just got to get the three points.”

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