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INTERVIEW: Matty Godden Pleased To Find The Net

The striker scored City's first goal of pre-season against Swindon...

16 August 2020

Matty Godden was ‘pleased’ to find the net after scoring the Sky Blues first goal of pre-season in City’s 2-1 defeat to Swindon Town.

The striker scored from the penalty spot after goals from Tyler Smith and Scott Twine had put the Robins in front.

Despite scoring, Godden felt he could have scored a couple more at the County Ground, but was happy to get minutes under his belt as preparations ramp up ahead of the start of the new season.

Godden said: “It was good to get a run out and pleasing to get a goal, I probably should have had a couple more, in the first proper pre-season game, we’re back into the thick of pre-season now leading up to the start of the season.

“We’re disappointed with the result, none of us want to lose at any stage, obviously it’s all about getting through the games and being fit, come the start of the season, and getting match sharpness and minutes under your belt and into your legs.”

Whilst Godden was disappointed with the result, the striker insists City will be ready when the Championship season kicks off on September 12th and was impressed by substitute Will Bapaga.

“You could see it slowly starting to come together, in the second half, we’ve got loads more to work on and we’re pretty far away from where we want to be, we all know that, but that will come with all the games that are going to come in pre-season and come September 12th I’m sure we’ll all be ready.

“I thought he did brilliant, he was fantastic when he came on, he’s still only young, I was trying to talk to him as much as I can and share some of my stuff, he had some lovely little touches, he’s a 17-year-old lad and he’s only going to get better.”

Saturday’s game was City’s second playing in an empty stadium, following last month’s friendly with Rangers, and Godden admits it’s something the Sky Blues will have to get used to as they take last season’s momentum into their Championship campaign.

“I wouldn’t say pre-season has been difficult, it’s been weird with what’s going on in the world, but it’s something we have to deal with, everyone is going through it, everyone is in the same situation, it’s up to us to adjust and make sure we’re ready for when the season does start.

“The pre-season games we’re playing in stadiums will help and get us used to it, we thrive on playing in front of big crowds, but we’ve got to be professional about it and go about our work, it’ll probably bring the best out of some people as well.

“We’re all looking forward to the start of the season and testing ourselves against some of the best players out there, we’re going to be confident going into it, with the momentum we picked up last season, and go and stamp our authority on the Championship.”


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