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INTERVIEW: Liam Walsh's Fleetwood Town reaction

Sky Blues had to settle for a point...

29 January 2020

The Sky Blues earned a hard-fought point at Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night as Mark Robins named an unchanged side that drew with Birmingham in the Emirates FA Cup.

On loan midfielder Liam Walsh has continued to catch the eye with combative performances in the heart of midfield and revealed after the game that he is enjoying his time with the Sly Blues.

He said: “100 per-cent I will be here until the end of the season, I am fully focused on what I am doing here and I will try to do it as well as I can.

“As a club we are more than capable to go up automatically at the end of the season and that is our aim but we are taking it game by game.

“I need to keep my head down and keep playing well for the team.”

City made it four clean sheets in a row against Joey Barton’s side and Walsh has praised his sides defensive work, but knows that there must be more action at the other end of the pitch as well.

He said: “We have had four clean sheets in the past four games so we need to start doing our thing at the other end of the pitch as well, but that doesn’t just mean the strikers because football is a team game so it lies with everyone.

“Tonight we needed to test their goalkeeper because of the weather conditions.

“First half we were against the wind so we needed to get a little bit closer to get our shots off and they defended well so credit to them.

“Matty Godden and Max had a few chances but we just couldn’t find the goal.”

In a game with only a handful of chances, Walsh forced the Fleetwood ‘keeper into the save of the night with a fierce effort which nearly had Walsh wheeling away in celebration.

Walsh said: “It was a great save from their ‘keeper, I ran at their back four, saw an opening and struck it and I thought it was in but the ‘keeper made a great save.

“I was going to set the ball back but I got a call to turn from one of the lads and I tried to get that winning goal.”

As well as doing battle on the pitch, both sides had to deal with extremely windy conditions and Walsh felt the weather did have a small impact of the game, however feels the weather should never be an excuse.

He said: “The weather conditions weren’t the best but you have to deal with them and it was made even tougher by Fleetwood as it is always a tough place to come.

“The two halves were completely different and it was really hard to play in, we had good possession in our own half but as soon as we got to the final third, we either made a sloppy pass or sloppy shot.

“Yes, the weather conditions don’t help but both teams were playing on the same pitch in the same conditions.

“But the gaffer said at the end, if you can’t win the game, don’t lose it and we managed to get a good point.”


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