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INTERVIEW: Kyle McFadzean Sheffield Wednesday Preview

The defender kept a clean sheet in midweek...

18 December 2020

Kyle McFadzean says the Sky Blues are “full of confidence” ahead of their trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.

                             

City extended their unbeaten run to eight matches in midweek, following a goalless draw with Huddersfield Town, and are facing a Sheffield Wednesday side who are yet to win under new manager Tony Pulis.

The Owls lie at the foot of the Championship table, but McFadzean is wary of the threat they pose despite their lowly league position.

McFadzean said: “They’re a massive club, they’re going through a difficult stage at the moment, we’re going there full of confidence and hopefully we can get a win.

“Tony Pulis is a good experienced manager, I’m sure he’ll start doing well sooner or later, they’ve got nothing to lose.

“We should be full of confidence, we’re eight games unbeaten and we should be going there bouncing and that’s what we’ll be doing, if we can turn those draws into wins, it’ll be even better.”

The 33-year-old also spoke about the loss of captain Liam Kelly in midfield, after the skipper came off injured against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend.

“Kells is a massive miss, you can see in the last seven games he’s played he does the ugly side of things as well as the good side, we’ve got players capable of coming in and doing the job.

“They just need to have a look at the kind of experience Kells bring to the side, if they can add that to their game as well as playing football, that will help.

“I know my role every week, nothing changes whether I’ve got the captain’s armband or if I haven’t got it, it works quite well.

“We’re quite a quiet group, when Kells is playing we’re both quite vocal, it gives a chance for other lads to step up communication wise and ordering people about, you need to talk in the game and it helps a lot more on the pitch.”

City kept their fourth clean sheet in eight matches on Wednesday night and the centre-back stressed the mental importance of shutting out the opposition.

“Mentally, it helps keeping clean sheets, we’ve conceded one goal from open play in our last eight games, we’ve got to be happy with that and keep moving forward.

“We’ve not taken as many risks, we were probably playing better before, but we weren’t happy with conceding so many goals, it’s been good that we’ve tightened up and that comes from everyone.

“We’re not doing much training, but it’s much better that we’ve got games coming thick and fast, it’s relentless at the moment, especially when we’re doing quite well.

“We’re not going to have much time off, but when we do have time off we can rest and hopefully we can be resting with some good results as well.”


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