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INTERVIEW: Sam McCallum Swansea Reaction

The Sky Blues were left empty-handed last night...

25 February 2021

Sam McCallum felt as if there were plenty of positives to take from the Sky Blues 1-0 defeat to Swansea City.

McCallum acknowledged that City gave their opponents plenty to worry about and hopes to see more chances converted to goals in the future.

He said: “It was a frustrating result, we have got to take positives from the game, we played well and put in a good performance.

“I think we need to take our chances and once we get one or two in, we will kick on and hopefully we will score more goals.

“It was disappointing to concede and we hate conceding from set pieces because you work so much on set pieces.

“At the end of the day, we need to regroup, pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down and just move onto Saturday, what has happened has happened so we can’t do anything about it.”

He told how there were positives after a strong start in the second half and admitted that the goal conceded came at a bad time in the game.

He said: “We got off to a good start and put them under pressure and didn’t let them get out in the second half so that’s another positive we can take from the game; we came out strong but that set piece killed us really.

“We could have had a penalty early on which I think and everyone else thinks would have changed the game ultimately and I think the ref has claimed he has tripped himself up (on Callum O'Hare penalty incident).”

He then praised the squad for showing resilience over the season which has seen City have to contend with bad injury luck however was happy that players are now getting back to match fitness.

He said: “We showed on Saturday we can beat the top teams, and we think we play better against the top teams, because it is a good standard versus a good standard.

“So, we respect them when we need to and we get up into their faces when we want to and we have got to do it against everyone else we play.

“It is nice seeing Liam Kelly the skipper, we have got Matty Godden to come back, we are starting to strengthen our side even more now, and we have been a bit unlucky with injuries this season.

“With it being the first season back in the Championship it is hard not having a full squad and we have dealt with it well and are waiting on the return of our injured players.”

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