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INTERVIEW: Moore on Blades draw

Sixth clean sheet of the season for the summer signing...

21 November 2021

Simon Moore believed City’s match yesterday against Sheffield United was a hard-fought draw and was impressed by the performance as Mark Robins’ side earned another point on the road.

Moore kept a clean sheet as the Sky Blues claimed a point against the Blades at Bramall Lane with the Sky Blues’ keeper believing it’s a tough place to go.

“Yeah it was (a hard-fought draw) very much so, especially second half where it felt like we were sort of camped in in the end but I think for a lot of game we controlled it and played some really good football.” Said Moore.

“To come to Sheffield United and get a point, I know their league position is where they shouldn’t be but anytime you come to Bramall Lane and get a point is a good point in my opinion.”

Moore made two crucial stops in the final ten minutes to deny former Sky Blue David McGoldrick then Morgan Gibbs-White, but says it is a key part of the role of a goalkeeper to always maintain concentration.

“I think as a goalkeeper you can have the whole game and not touch the ball then get a shot in the 90th minute and that’s when you need to be ready for it and that’s where all those hours of concentration in training come into play.

“(The second save) I think it took a nick off someone and thankfully I got a good strong hand because I think if it had dropped down then McGoldrick or Sharp would have definitely been in there sniffing about to put it into the back of the net but I think a point was the least we deserved in the end.”

Moore was delighted to remain defeated on his return to Bramall Lane and praised fellow former Blade Kyle McFadzean for his defensive work with the City captain for the day being awarded man of the match as the visitors kept their third shut out on the road this campaign.

“It was strange coming back, I had five unbelievable years here and got a lot of good friends here and I am really grateful for the reception I got but I was delighted to keep the clean sheet today and hopefully that gives us the momentum now to push on as we’ve got some big games coming up.

“I’m buzzing for Fadz he’s a Sheffield lad and it would have meant a lot to him with all his family watching there watching.

“He’s a top, top lad Fadz and as I say he’s a great defender but I thought all the whole back five were fantastic and the whole eleven really because we defended really well as a team and if you want to be successful then you have to keep clean sheets, especially at places like this and that’s what we’ve done today.”

City have claimed four points from their last two games, incidentally both in Yorkshire, and Moore believes that they have now turned a corner regarding the away form.

“I think that’s the second clean sheet in a row we’ve had away from home after the win at Hull and it was frustrating the away form as we’ve been unbelievable at home but not so good away but that win at Hull was huge really.

“There was a lot of emphasis on winning that game and I think that was huge win and as I say that has allowed us to come here today, be solid and play some really good football at times.

“I thought we had the better chances, they got into some good positions, although they only had two shots on target, but I felt we had the better of the chances, but a point is probably fair in the end as we would have been gutted if we hadn’t come away with anything.

“I think the last 25 minutes they were the better side but to come here and play for as long as we did in the positive manner that we have done is credit to the players and the staff.

“We’ve got a really talented squad and a great bunch of lads and if you are to be successful you need all of those ingredients and I think we’ve got that.

“Like I say it was a great point and it moves us on nicely to Tuesday where we have another tough game.”


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