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INTERVIEW: Viktor Gyökeres Blackpool Reaction

The striker scored his second of the season...

18 August 2021

Sky Blues striker Viktor Gyökeres reflects on his match-winner and a hard-fought win against Blackpool.

City enjoyed a dominant first-half against The Tangerines, creating several chances and went ahead through Viktor Gyökereson the stroke of half-time.

Following a narrow defeat to Barnsley at the weekend, City held onto their lead, securing a well-earned three points.

“It was tough, but I think we played really well in the first half, especially.

“Obviously, they tried to get the equaliser in the second half, but I think we defended well, we had some good chances to score again, but we got the three points in the end and that’s the most important thing.”

The Swede opened his goal account on the opening day versus Nottingham Forest and was pleased to grab another on this occasion, albeit in bizarre fashion.

Fankaty Dabo’s drilled in cross was headed to Gyökeres in the box before Blackpool keeper Chris Maxwell diverted the ball onto the City striker’s head, which he bundled in to break the deadlock.

“I saw Fanky on the right and I tried to run in the box and the keeper came out and I think he touched the ball first, then it came out to me and I’m happy for the goal.

“It definitely hit my face, but I don’t know, it went so quick, I’ll have to look at it.

“It felt good, obviously it’s nice when you score, but I think we could’ve done more in the second half when we got more chances to score.”

Aside from his match-winning moment, the Sky Blues forward was pleased with the overall team performance, noting the efforts of the midfield and defensive departments.

“We broke them down a lot of times and won the ball in the middle of the pitch and countered attack, maybe we should’ve got the lead earlier, but we won it in the end and that’s the most important.

“It was very good today and we made a lot of important saves, it was very important to keep a clean sheet today.

“I think we have a really good team, we’re a good group and we work hard together.

“We’re focused on every game and we try to win.”

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