Tyler Walker is “buzzing” after scoring on his Sky Blues debut in the first round of the Carabao Cup against Milton Keynes Dons yesterday.
The striker arrived from fellow Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest this summer and came off the bench to score City’s winner with an instinctive finish to send the Sky Blues into the second round.
Walker said: “I’m buzzing to score a debut goal, there was a chance to pass to Godders beforehand which I’m annoyed with myself at, but I’m delighted that we got the win and it’s a bonus that I managed to score, it’s a good start.
“It was a good ball in from Ryan, it ricocheted into my path, I managed to turn and get the shot away and luckily it went in.
“I try to score all types of goals, this one was a bit more instinctive, but it’s a good win for the team and we’re really happy.”
Having impressed on loan with Lincoln City in Sky Bet League One last term, Walker is looking forward to the challenge of playing in a higher division this season.
“The goal is a good confidence boost, you want to get off the mark as quickly as possible and I’m happy to have done that here, it’s a good win and we’ll try and take the momentum into the next game.
“You’ve got to have confidence, I believe in myself, I believe in my ability, the size of the goals doesn’t change so I want to score as many goals as possible.
“If you want to call yourself a striker, you have to have that expectation on your back, I’m looking forward to the challenge and I can’t wait.”
The former England youth international is reunited with former teammate Matty Godden at the Sky Blues, with the pair having briefly played together at Stevenage during the 2016/17 season.
He also spoke about the difficulty of leaving his boyhood club, but is happy to have signed a permanent deal with City, having been loaned out on six separate occasions during his time at the City Ground.
“Matty is a great lad, I’ve known him for a long time, he’s a great player and I’m looking forward to playing with him, I’m really enjoying it, we’ve just got to keep the performances up on the pitch and go from there.
“I’m really happy to be here, it’s a good start today, I can’t wait to get started in the league as well, I’ve been on quite a few loans, but I’m just happy to be here permanently.
“It was good to get out there today, hopefully I’ll get some more minutes on Tuesday and be raring to go into the new season.
“I’ve got family history at Nottingham Forest so in one sense it was difficult to leave, but I couldn’t really turn down an opportunity like this, it’s bittersweet, I’m really happy to be here and I’m looking forward to the season.”