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INTERVIEW: Matty Godden Stoke Reaction

The striker made his return against the Potters...

27 December 2020

Striker Matty Godden started his first game since November as the Sky Blues ended up with a point after a 0-0 draw against Stoke City at St Andrews.

Godden has been recovering from an injury after a lengthy spell on the side-lines and had one of City’s best efforts when firing a powerful effort at Stoke goalkeeper Joe Bursik.

Godden stated it was a good feeling to be back on the field and felt like City had the better openings in the first half which they couldn’t capitalise on.

He said: “It is nice to be back and I’m not feeling too bad and I worked really hard when I was out because I knew the boys were going to need fresh legs, it was important I worked hard when I was injured so when I came back, I wasn’t miles off the pace.

“I would say definitely the better side first half, I would say with the chances we created and probably on another day we take two or three of those.

“And I back myself when my match sharpness comes fully back then I would have taken a chance, but I had a few half chances and it was just important to get 70 minutes into my legs.

“It will take a couple of games but that is how it is, I had no time to settle in when I was back fit and I was right back in the mix, I know the fitness is going to come the more games I play.”

He highlighted how the Potters stern backline was an area they exploited with success and was pleased with the team’s defensive work to keep a third home successive clean sheet.

He said: “They don’t give up chances and they are a tight knit defensively and the Gaffer told us that, I think we caused them a lot of problems especially first half and we had a couple of sniffs second half.

“They bombarded our box and like to get the ball forward at the earliest opportunity and I thought the back lads dealt with that well.

“Credit to the lads at the back and Adi Viveash has got them well drilled and they all know what they are doing, it comes as a team and we all have to work hard for each other and again that’s what contributed to the run we have been on.”

Godden is hopeful that City can keep the momentum going and is eager to continue in the way they have able to pick up points.

He said: “A point is massive in the Championship and that is the way we are looking at it and we know we are going to pick up wins along the way and it is not going to be easy and it is important to keep the momentum going, taking out the Sheffield Wednesday defeat.

“We saw at the start of the season what brilliant football we were playing and we were losing games at the end of the day, we have found a way at this level to get results and to pick up points and that is what we need.”

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