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INTERVIEW: Matty James Bournemouth Preview

The midfielder previews the trip to the Vitality Stadium...

9 April 2021

Matty James is looking forward to the Sky Blues trip to the Vitality Stadium this weekend, as they take on AFC Bournemouth.

The Sky Blues defeated Bristol City 3-1 on Monday and will be hoping to build on that performance against the Cherries come kick-off tomorrow afternoon.

James said: “I think we have got to take each game as it comes and focus on Bournemouth on Saturday, we know it is going to be a tough game; they are an experienced team with Premier League quality, so we have to be at our best and hope for a little bit of luck as well.

“We know what games we have got coming up in teams around us in our position in the league, we can’t get away from that fact. I think the performance on Monday rectified the performance from last Friday.

“You get big clubs coming down and they are not losing many players, that’s the Championship and you are going to have top teams and you are going to have teams at the bottom and the budgets who are miles apart.

“But that’s not to say that the effort and desire you show on the pitch can sometimes get you the result.”

He emphasised on how the team were united in attempting to turn around their fortunes and wants to sustain positivity going forward.

He said: “I think everybody knows winning football matches breeds confidence and I think after the performance after QPR, it was important we rectified that and I think the performance we did put in showed courage, great desire to win the football game.

“It wasn’t a negative meeting, it was a positive meeting to wipe the slate clean, you are fighting to survive in this league, it is a big league, do you want to be in this league?

“This club deserves to be in this league and I think the message was to give that little bit more, so for me it was more getting positives from certain performances and making sure everybody is on the same page moving forward. “

He expressed that senior members of the squad are helping younger players to deal with the relegation battle and he believes they can take maximum points against the Cherries.

He said: “For the younger players to be involved in a relegation battle is a huge deal, at the end of the day it is a tough position to be in.

“As a younger player I think you want the games to go easier and you can express yourself. There is a couple of senior lads that help them to stay relaxed so that they can express themselves in difficult circumstances.

“The expectation is on them, they are fighting for the playoffs so for us we have to go there and put in a performance that will frustrate them and make sure we stay in the game, there is no reason why we can’t get three points and we know it is going to be difficult.”

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