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INTERVIEW: Fankaty Dabo Loving Life With The Sky Blues

The defender assisted City's equaliser against Rotherham United last night...

27 February 2020

Fankaty Dabo is “loving” life as a Sky Blues player having set-up City’s equalising goal in their 1-1 draw with Rotherham United in Sky Bet League One.

Dabo produced a magnificent cross from the right which was headed home by Matty Godden to bring City level and extend their unbeaten run in the league to 12 matches.

The 24-year-old felt that the Sky Blues deserved all three points on Tuesday night and admitted that after a disappointing first half display they were at it from the first whistle in the second period.

Dabo said: “We made a mistake, but it is what it is, we’re all a team so we had to rectify that together, we couldn’t get a second goal which we needed and I think we deserved tonight.

“The manager wasn’t happy with how we played in the first half, we knew once we came off that pitch that we hadn’t shown what we’re capable of so we had to come out in the second half and be much better and we did that from the whistle.

“The goal shows the quick thinking of everyone, we’re all switched on and as I’ve said before there’s a goal and a target that we want to achieve promotion.

“The gaffer keeps telling us that there’s no pressure on us, but we apply the pressure to ourselves because we’re all winners in that dressing room and we want to keep winning and keep testing ourselves at higher levels.”

He was full of praise for the Sky Blues faithful who turned out in their numbers for the top of the table clash but stressed that Rotherham’s league position didn’t heighten the importance of the fixture.

“It was a big game, but every game is a big game now and we need three points from every game if we’re going to achieve what we want to achieve.

“It doesn’t matter who we’re playing against, despite them being at the top, we just need three points, this game is done and now it’s important to move onto Sunday and make sure we don’t lose again.

“It was good to see a great turnout from the fans today, hopefully they can keep turning out like that, but when they turn up hopefully, we can get three points instead of one.”

The full-back said he is loving life at the Sky Blues and believes that the club has a unique sense of togetherness that makes playing for the club so enjoyable.

“I’m 100% enjoying my football at the moment, I love it here, the coaching and all the boys are so together, you don’t get that at every team, but the togetherness and us all being friends and being able to speak to each other in every single way possible is really good both on the pitch and off the pitch.

“The gaffer and Adi give me confidence and the team gives me confidence and just the team being so good it gives me the belief and the drive to keep doing well for everyone else, it’s not about me it’s about us and because of them I feel like I’m doing better.

“I’m still looking for a goal, but clean sheets mean more, maybe it will come for me and hopefully we can keep more out of the net and score more.

“I still keep pushing to do more, it’s never enough, it’s never time to stand still just because it’s going well, we all know in football it can go from good to bad really quickly so I’ve got my head screwed on to keep doing well for the team.”

City’s next game is against Sunderland in front of the Sky Sports cameras at midday on Sunday and Dabo hopes City can show the belief needed to claim all three points from the first whistle.

“It’s another game and we’ll look to achieve three points, two draws on the bounce isn’t good for us for what we’re trying to achieve, we’ll gear up for it the same way and we’ll go as hard as we can.

“We don’t go into a game to draw so we’re just going to rest well after today and make sure we’re on it for Sunday.

“We just have to take each game as it comes, we can’t say we were really good in the second half and take that in to the game, we have to start fresh and as the gaffer said we lacked belief so we need to have belief from the whistle for Sunday’s game.”


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