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INTERVIEW: Bakayoko Reflects On Doncaster Draw

The forward was on target against Doncaster on Saturday...

29 September 2019

Amadou Bakayoko wants to get “promoted” with the Sky Blues this season, after scoring a late equaliser to maintain City’s unbeaten start to the League One campaign.

The forward came off the bench to score the all-important goal, lashing in a superb leveller, that extends City’s unbeaten run in the league to 10 matches.

Baka has only one aim in mind for the 2019/20 season and has praised the mentality instilled at the club by the coaching team.

Bakayoko said: “I want to get promoted this season, that’s what I’m here to do.

“Since pre-season we’ve had the gaffer and Adi put this never say die attitude into our heads, even in training. I think we’ve done unbelievably well so far.”

“We dug deep and we do it all the time. It comes from that never say die mentality.

“That mentality has to be in the whole team, not just a few players, and I think we all have that at the moment which is really good.”

Baka admitted that being dropped from the squad for the game with AFC Wimbledon has helped improve his attitude in training and has caught the eye of manager Mark Robins.

Starting in just two of City’s 10 league matches this season, he is also looking at his own weaknesses as a player to improve his game.

“One or two weeks ago, I wasn’t included in the squad and I was guessing as to why that was, but I think I need to push myself in training a bit more.

“I can’t be as laid back as I have been with myself. I think I did that and I’m showing the gaffer that I’m fighting for my spot and I’m hungry.

“I’ve been watching a few clips of myself and I don’t get enough shots off and that’s something that I want to change.

“I just want to hit the target and get more goals out of myself and I’m sure more moments like this will come.”

Despite not playing as many minutes as he would have liked Baka believes this will only strengthen his own mentality to earn his place back in the side.

“We’ve been winning games, so you can’t complain about not playing. I think it’s bettering everyone that isn’t playing, you need to have a strong mentality in yourself to train and get your spot back.

“Everyone’s fighting for their place, we’ve got great competition and training is very intense, everyone has to be on their a-game for what we want to achieve.

“Everyone hits form at different points, hopefully I can hit mine as soon as possible, but the team has been unbelievable.

“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing to keep ourselves in the best position.”

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