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INTERVIEW: Sam McCallum Looking To Build On Unbeaten Run

McCallum believes City can 'kick on' after five matches unbeaten...

11 January 2020

Left-back Sam McCallum is looking to see the Sky Blues build on their current five game unbeaten run as they head into the second half of the season.

The Sky Blues drew 1-1 with MK Dons at St Andrew's this weekend, with McCallum opening the scoring within the first minute of the game with a spectacular effort.

Despite taking the lead, City were pegged back late on when Carlton Morris came off the bench to grab an equaliser and speaking after the game, The 19-year-old was naturally disappointed, saying:

“The Gaffer said before the game, ‘If you don’t win the game, don’t lose it’, and I think it was a fair result but hopefully we can do better next week.

“I think when you get one goal it gives you confidence to get more, but we just want to win games; it's not a selfish thing, we don't care who gets them, we just want to finish as high as we can in the league."

Talking about his goal:“The manager told me to tuck in, he wanted me to play more narrow.

The ball has come over (the defender’s) head, and I’ve just touched it and hit it” he said about his finish. “I was almost playing centre attacking midfield!”

City met an MK Dons side who are revitalised after three wins in five games over the Christmas period, after failing to win in the league since September. McCallum felt that his opponents were in a ‘false position’. He said,

“I think they’re a good team, but they just haven’t had the consistency in winning games. They will be fine as soon as they get a run of games going.”

Mark Robins’ side bolted out of the blocks, and were rewarded with McCallum’s goal most straightaway.

Unfortunately, the Sky Blues were pegged back by a goal from debutant Carlton Morris. They had huge chances to retake the lead from both Matty Godden and Max Biamou, but it wasn’t to be for Coventry today.

“We had a couple of one-on-ones, and on their day they’re finishing them” McCallum explained. “It just wasn’t our day for finishing the chances; on the positive, we didn’t lose the game.”

Coventry City are now unbeaten in five games, and have seen their excellent recent form after transferring permanently to five at the back. This has allowed both McCallum and Fankaty Dabo to push forward; something Sam has embraced.

“We are definitely more attacking now. We get more involved in the attacks and counter attacks, so it gives us more chance to get goals and assists.”

“We play our better football after a run of games as it brings confidence to the squad. We need to kick on now and start climbing the table."

The result leaves Coventry City in 4th place in League One, just three points off the top of the league with a game in hand on leaders Rotherham United. McCallum is confident of the sides chances of promotion this season.

“We want to be pushing for the automatics. We have a lot of depth in the squad and players coming back from injury so I think when they have returned we will kick on, 100%.”

Coventry City face Bristol Rovers next on Tuesday in their FA Cup Third Round replay. The fixtures are coming thick and fast, but McCallum is relishing the extra minutes. “The aim is to play as many games as we can - we want to go as far as possible in the FA Cup.

“I am feeling the effects, but as you get a consistent run of games, you start to get used to the tempo of the game so you feel like you’re more involved.”


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