Jamie Allen is “buzzing” after scoring his first goal for the Sky Blues in their win against Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon.
The midfielder levelled up the game after former City man Jonson Clarke-Harris had put Rovers ahead, when he latched onto Liam Walsh’s pass before producing a tidy finish.
Walsh then grabbed the winner in first half injury-time to extend the Sky Blues unbeaten run to ten games in all competitions.
The 25-year-old is buzzing to have scored his first goal for the club and believes the equaliser settled down Mark Robins men following a slow start.
Allen said: “It’s took me a while hasn’t it! We’re in February now! I was injured for a long time and I’m buzzing that I’ve got my first goal, hopefully there’s many more to come now.
“That was probably the first time we put a couple of passes together and we opened them up and I made a run, Walshy’s found me, and I’ve taken a touch and finished it, I’m happy with it.
“I think a goal just relaxed us a lot more and we started playing a bit better and then in the second half we had the wind for us, and we were just seeing the game out really.
“It would have been nice to have got the third goal, we had a couple of chances but not really clear-cut chances., it would have been nice, but we got the victory in the end.”
Allen admitted the conditions made it tricky for the Sky Blues to play their football but responded well after going behind midway through the first half.
“We had to stick together out there today, the first 20 minutes we started off slow and then it wasn’t the greatest of goals to give away and then we got back in it with my goal, then we started playing our football a bit more.
“We got the second goal just before half time which got us into the second half and got us through for the rest of the game.
“It was windy for the first half an hour, every time we got a ball it would bounce up and come away from us and they were in our faces in the first 20 minutes.
“After the goal they eased off and we played through the press okay, but we could have done a lot better, but we got the win which is always nice.”
The midfielder was starting his first league game since the defeat to Shrewsbury Town in mid-December and praised the performance levels of his teammates for making it difficult to get into the side following his return from injury.
“I’ve been wanting to play for a while, but it’s the manager’s decision and I have to stick by that, wherever he wants to put me in the team I’m ready to play.
“It’s been a good few weeks and months since my injury and I feel good in training and I was just waiting for my chance and thankfully I’ve got a goal and we’ve won today.
“The lads have been unbelievable all season and I have no complaints about why I’ve not come straight back into the team since I’ve been out injured, the lads have done really well.
“With a lot of games coming up now, with Saturday and Tuesday games for the rest of the month really, there’s going to be changes involved and the boys on the bench are ready to play, hopefully we can all stick together and get the victories.”
The win means City currently sit fifth in the Sky Bet League One table and have an Emirates FA Cup fourth round replay with Birmingham City to look forward to on Tuesday night.
“We’ve got a replay against Birmingham on Tuesday which is a big game and then we’ve got Bolton the week afterwards which is another big game.
“We just have to keep our heads focused and focus on the next match that is coming, if the changes come, whoever comes into the team needs to do exactly what the lads have been doing. We’re in a good position and we’re looking forward to it.”