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INTREVIEW: Liam Walsh Praises Sky Blues Character

Walsh impressed on his Sky Blues debut against Blackpool...

8 September 2019

Debutant Liam Walsh praised his Sky Blues teammates for showing “great character” after City came from two goals down to defeat Blackpool and maintain their unbeaten start to the League One season.

Walsh made his first appearance for the club, after arriving from Championship side Bristol City on deadline day.

The midfielder featured in place of captain Liam Kelly, who was ruled out of Saturday’s clash through injury, and overcame a few early nerves before controlling the game in the second half.

Walsh said: “We showed great character to come from behind and win. Once the first goal went in, we had them on the back foot and we just had to be patient with our build-up play and take the chances when we created them, and we did.

“It’s always nerve-wracking playing your first game for a new team and getting your first few touches out the way.

“I grew into the game and started showing people what I’m about. I had a couple of nerves at the start of the game but, once I got a few passes off, that got my confidence up and I felt like I was more involved in the game after that.”

The 21-year-old also felt scoring two goals just before half time turned the game into the Sky Blues favour, after a tricky opening to the match,

“It was a big help scoring just before half time. It meant we could take ourselves in at the break and regroup and go out in the second half on the front foot. We knew that we were on top.

“They came out the blocks firing at the start of the game and I don’t think we were quite ready for how they set up to play, it was just two quick passes and they were straight into our box.

“After the two goals went in, we didn’t let our heads drop and we showed great character to come back.

“They had a few aerial threats and they used that to their advantage, once we sussed that out, we put a lot of pressure on the ball and we started playing our own game then and creating chances ourselves.”

He also praised City for once again showing a never say die attitude and wants to show the fans exactly what he can bring to the side.

“It’s better late than never! Even before that we had many chances to score a goal and it just shows that we have a never say die attitude.

“Most definitely I’ve got something to prove. I’ve had a few injuries and obviously that’s only my first game for the club and I want to show the fans that I’ve got more to my game than just passing and I feel like I can build on that performance and so can we as a team.

“I just need a consecutive run of games, so I can show everyone what I’m about and keep playing the way I did today, getting on the ball and dictating the play and just playing the best I can now.”

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