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INTERVIEW: Chay Thompson's Nottingham Forest Reaction

City secured victory against Forest...

15 March 2021

The young Sky Blues made it back-to-back wins with a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon.

City competed well in tough conditions and never looked uncomfortable in the climate, as they went 2-0 up before dealing with a late Forest onslaught.

Speaking after the final whistle, Chay Thompson was full of praise for his side and the performance levels they showed.

“The boys played really well from start to finish. It was a game with tough conditions and the team that managed the conditions better on the day, won the game.

“Our intensity levels and work ethic from start to finish were superb. The boys showed great character to come off a win and make it two from two. It was a real team performance, and we are happy with the way the lads applied themselves today.”

Coventry’s first goal came from centre-half Jay McGrath whilst the second was scored by a trialist. McGrath put City in front just after half an hour with a true striker’s finish. The trialist then doubled the lead in the 75th minute.

Thompson is pleased that goals are coming from all areas of the pitch whilst one of their two regular strikers is side-lined with an injury.

“We looked good going forward and we are scoring goals without Harrison Nee, who’s our top goal scorer in the league, so to score goals without him is good.

“Hopefully Nee will be back soon and can add to his goal tally but until then we need to make sure we can keep scoring goals as a team.”

Although the defence played well and were solid in stopping a Forest comeback, Thompson expressed his disappointment that City were unable to keep a clean sheet.

“We’ve won our last two games and have got back-to-back wins over both Nottingham Forest and Hull City, which is pleasing. It gives the boys a real boost and shows that if you work hard Monday to Friday that the result will come on Saturday.

“Of course, it was disappointing not to keep a clean sheet when we really should have but it is something we will focus on, looking at closing gaps and pressing higher up to stop opponents getting into good attacking areas.”

The result comes as more good news in what was a positive week for the club as it was announced in midweek that Coventry would be returning to the Ricoh Arena from the start of next season.

Thompson explained the impact that news has had on his squad: “The boys were really excited when the news got announced in midweek and were asking when they will be able to go because some of them have never actually been to the Ricoh. It’s good news and has boosted the morale of everyone at the club and the filters down to the academy.

“It’s great news for both the club and the City.”

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