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INTERVIEW: Matty James Birmingham City Preview

The midfielder previews the clash against the Blues...

29 January 2021

Matty James is looking forward to the Sky Blues’ clash with Birmingham City on Saturday as they look to build on their recent victory against Sheffield Wednesday.

James, who joined on loan from Leicester this window is hoping with a congested fixture list that the Sky Blues can take advantage and is pleased by the positive atmosphere in the dressing room.

He said: “I have enjoyed it and enjoyed getting the win on Wednesday night, which was an important game for us. It has been a bit out of routine due to games been called off and the FA Cup game, so it was nice to get that game.

“The games are going to come thick and fast and hopefully we can build on Wednesday night. It is massive and winning always creates confidence and a good feeling in the dressing room and it was nice to beat a team below you and you creep up a little more away from them."

James expressed how he is determined to carry on helping the Sky Blues achieve their goals and says it is important he maintains his fitness levels.

He also commented on the togetherness of the squad which is helped by a blend of youth and experience which has helped to form bonds.

He said: “I think game time is important and try to help the team as much as possibly I can and hopefully, we can creep up the league. “

“For me on a personal note it is to stay fit and enjoy football again which is one thing I am one hundred per cent at the moment, but most importantly is to be a big part of the team.

“It has been hard and certainly when I play games, I forget about some of the situations in the past but I did everything I could to get to this point. I think it has paid off and I got myself into good fitness, to prove I can still do it at this level.

“It has been a close knit and the boys have been great welcoming me in. There is a mixture between youth and experience and that’s makes for a good squad, everyone is together and hopefully that will remain for the rest of the season.”

He also was full of praise for Gustavo Hamer who he has played alongside in midfield since his arrival and told how Hamer’s ability to read the game is important.

He said: “Gustavo is an excellent player and he has got a great understanding of the game and makes it a little easier for me because the wavelengths are there automatically because of his footballing brain.

“If we keep the backdoor shut for longer periods like the other night and play football that I know Coventry can play, we are going to create chances and if we can take chances and can come away with more three points than losses.”


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