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INTERVIEW: Michael Rose Barnsley Reaction

The defender gave his thoughts after the final whistle...

15 August 2021

Sky Blues defender Michael Rose believes that there are plenty of positives to take from yesterday’s defeat to Barnsley.

City controlled the majority of the game against the Tykes, but were caught out with a snatch and grab when Dominik Frieser scored just before half-time.

It was City’s first defeat of the season, but the performance at Oakwell stood out for the Sky Blues.

“We can take a lot of positives from the game.” Rose said.

“We dominated the second-half which is good especially away from home at a tough place to come, hopefully we can carry this on into Tuesday and go a bit further and get the three points.

“We knew what was coming with the fans being back in and it being their first home game, they started really fast, we still had the better chances in the first-half.

“We managed to pin them in, in the second-half, and dominate the half, we just didn’t have that cutting edge to finish the chances off.

“We’re disappointed with the goal, I’ve not seen it back, I think two of us were high and one was deep, we got caught out a bit and at this level you get punished, we’re all really disappointed with that.”

Rose came on at half-time last week against Nottingham Forest and started against both Northampton Town and Barnsley.

The centre-back has endured a disrupted pre-season after contracting Covid-19 during the summer, but now he has his eyes set on catching up for lost time last season as he looks to battle it out with Kyle McFadzean, Dom Hyam and new signing Jake Clarke-Salter.

“I’m feeling good, I had Covid a few weeks ago, I feel like I’m just getting into the swing of it now and hopefully I can kick on, personally, I need a big season and I’m desperate to have one.

“Jake coming in is good, it’s all healthy competition, everyone wants it because it gets the best out of everyone and it pushes everyone on.

“The standard has definitely gone up in training, the experience of last season has benefitted everyone, everyone has gone up a level which is good and you need to be at it otherwise you’ll be left behind.”

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