The Sky Blues are set to take on Fulham tomorrow afternoon and Dom Hyam spoke on how he’s relishing the chance to test himself against the Cottagers.
After falling to defeat at Luton, Hyam insists City are ready to bounce back against Fulham and has reflected on the previous game and the season, so far.
“We’ve spoken as a group and it might’ve just been one of them days, we weren’t at it, we set quite high standards and we didn’t meet them on Wednesday night.
“We have to learn from it and make sure it doesn’t happen again, we’ve got a really big opportunity to do that Saturday so we’re looking forward to that now.
“We’ve had a really strong start to the season, we haven’t conceded many goals, I think the other night was a bit of a blip, so we’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen again, keep the standards high and focus on next game, because that’s happened now, we just have to learn from it and improve.”
Looking forward to the clash against Fulham, Hyam says he's ready for the challenge and excited at the prospect of facing opposition striker Aleksandar Mitrović.
“These are the games you want to play in, the games you work so hard to get to, I’m looking forward to it, it's not daunting, these are the challenges you want as a professional, you’ve just got to thrive off it and try your best and hopefully we get a positive result.
“We’ve got high standards, we’ve got to put it right and put in a good performance and get a clean sheet against Fulham, every game is a challenge.
“There’s plans about every striker, every striker has their strengths and weaknesses, he’s [Mitrović] a proven goalscorer at this level, he’ll be tricky, physical, and a good striker, but we're good defenders, we back ourselves, it’ll be a tough challenge and one we’re looking forward to.
“Every striker you come against is a challenge, I’ve just got to keep him quiet on the day, we’ve got to be ready, work as unit and defend well.”
Having made his 150th appearance at QPR, a few weeks back, Hyam is now one of the longest serving players in the current the Sky Blues squad.
Looking back at his journey with City, Hyam reflects on his patience to make it in the starting line-up and says he’s not done improving, yet.
“It’s good to look back and appreciate where you came from, I left Reading at 21 and, at the start, I struggled to break into the side in League 2, but I got my chance and played in the play-off final, so I was lucky I was patient, it makes you appreciate your hard work, now I’m in the Championship.
“We all want to prove ourselves at the highest level, it’s all about bettering yourself and believing, I’ve still got a long way to got but it’s all part of learning and I'm loving it.”
“I want to play every game and keep hold of the shirt, there’s plenty of competition, that’s part of a good healthy squad, we want to be pushing each other, I’m hoping I can continue.”