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INTERVIEW: Matty Godden Barnsley Preview

The striker has scored in his last six league matches..

25 September 2020

Matty Godden says the Sky Blues are "full of confidence” ahead of their trip to Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow afternoon.

The striker has scored in both of City’s league outings this season and helped the Sky Blues come from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers in a five-goal thriller last Friday.

The 29-year-old says City will travel to Oakwell with no fear and hopes to bring back all three points from South Yorkshire.

Godden said: “It was massive to get that first win back in the Championship, it was an important three points and it gave everyone a lift at the football club and showed everyone that we can do it at this level.

“The aim is to go to Barnsley with no fear and get on the ball and play and take the game to them, we’ll go there full of confidence and try and bring back the three points.

“We were unlucky to lose that first game against Bristol City, we played better football at times than we did against QPR, but everyone knows what the Championship is like, it’s a crazy league, we didn’t take our chances against Bristol and got punished at the end.

“It was a game of two-halves against QPR, we weren’t quite at it in the first half, but a few adjustments were made at half time and we came out and got on the ball and showed everyone what we’re all about and by far the better side in the second half and deserved the win in the end.”

Godden is on a remarkable scoring streak in the league, having scored in the final four fixtures of the curtailed 2019/20 season as well as the opening two games of the current campaign.

Should Godden find the target against Barnsley on Saturday, he’ll break Micky Quinn’s record of scoring in six consecutive league matches for the Sky Blues.

“Hopefully, I can keep that run going tomorrow, it wasn’t really in my mind on Friday until half time when I’d equalled the record, it’ll be something that I try and break on Saturday, the team are going to create chances for me and for others, the goal doesn’t move from League One to the Championship, it stays the same size.

“I’ll back myself to score when the chances come my way and I know that chances will come way, the only disappointing thing is celebrating without the fans, we’ve just got to deal with what is in front of us at the moment.

“You still feel the support with social media, you can still engage with fans in that respect, but there’s nothing like that feeling of coming out to a load of fans, home or away, it’s disappointing they’re not allowed in at the moment.”

City re-signed Sam McCallum on loan from Norwich City last week which Godden believes will only further improve Mark Robins squad as they look to test themselves in the second tier this season.

“It’s nice for me to have Sam back because he’s a Kent lad as well so we can share the journey home, it’s always pleasing when someone comes back, it’s not like he’s coming into a new side, he already knows the way the gaffer and Adi want us to play, he’ll fit straight back in.

“It’s important for the lads that were here last year to have a crack at the Championship, but also to keep that team spirit together, that togetherness can get you three points in some games, like you saw last Friday, it shows what we’re all about.

“We’re going to come into the Championship and not fear anyone, we don’t just want to be a bottom half side fighting against relegation, it’s not good for anyone to go in with that target, we’re going to give it our best shot, take the game to teams and play the football that we know we can play.

Godden also heaped praise on manager Robins and his assistant Adi Viveash for the special team spirit the pair have created since the striker’s arrival last summer.

“The amount of detail that the gaffer and Adi go into on the training pitch is ridiculous, it really helps us lads remind ourselves of what we’re good at and when we’re at our best there are teams, even at this level, that are really going to struggle to deal with us, it’s the best club I’ve been at coaching-wise by far.

“I think a massive part of our team spirit comes from the manager, Adi and the recruitment team, they look at the players they’re bringing in and we’ve not got a single bad egg in our dressing room, everyone is together and that comes from the top, it’s a very special dressing room to be part of.”


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