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INTERVIEW: Ben Sheaf Reading Preview

The midfielder looks ahead to the clash against the Royals...

20 August 2021

Midfielder Ben Sheaf told how he is pleased with the Sky Blues start to the season and insists City have more to give against Reading tomorrow.

Sheaf has started in all three Sky Bet Championship games this season and is pleased with the Sky Blues start to the season.

“We’re pretty happy with six points from nine, I think we deserved a bit of a better result against Barnsley, but if you asked us at the start of the season, we probably would’ve taken it.

“There’s been some pretty good performances, but much to improve on and we’ll be looking to a good result on Saturday.

“They’ve [Reading] got quality there, not too much of a dissimilar team to last season, but we’re aware of their threats.

“With the home crowd and the way we’ve been playing, we’d hopefully like to get a result.”

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Following a loan spell with the Sky Blues last season, Sheaf re-joined City on a permanent basis this summer.

Despite appearing over thirty times previously for the Sky Blues, Ben was yet to experience the Sky Blue Army in its full capacity, but admits he has been blown away by their support, so far.

“Obviously last year I missed out on that, but all the lads said the fans were amazing and to actually hear it was incredible.

“It gives you that extra twenty per cent, and that is needed at the end of games when you need to make that last run.

“They’re phenomenal and definitely give you something extra, for sure. We hope they continue doing that for us.”

After a solid start to the campaign, Sheaf admits there is still room for improvement- from both himself and his teammates- and opens up on the squad’s targets for the remainder of the season.

“Every season, for me, is big, I’ll take each game as it comes.

“I look to get better every day, every game, I'm fairly happy with how I’ve performed so far, but there’s loads I can improve on.

“Likewise, with the rest of the team, we’re always looking to get better and progress.

“We can improve in all aspects of the pitch really. We’ve created plenty of chances this season, but not stuck enough away, but I think that’ll come.

“We can tighten up defensively also, but all in all, we’ve got to be fairly happy.

“We’ve set ourselves two targets, but we’ve got to take each game as it comes, we’re not getting carried away.

“It’s another season of players gelling with each other, getting to know each other, which always helps.”

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