Ian Maatsen was delighted to score his first goal for the Sky Blues and believes the team have shown what they are all about in responding to Wednesday night’s loss at Luton by securing an emphatic victory over Fulham.
City went above the London side in the table after the 4-1 victory yesterday, with Maatsen capping off an impressive individual display by netting the third with a spectacular strike with his left foot
“The goal was an amazing feeling, to get my first Championship goal for Coventry and I’m so glad that it happened today.” Maatsen said.
“Obviously on Wednesday was not the result that we wanted but we bounced back really well and set a point and four goals, you can’t be happier than this.
“This happens in football games, obviously we knew we could perform bad, but we have shown what we are about.
“Four goals against Fulham is massive for us so it is a good feeling to go into the international break and refresh again and then when we are back we can go on a run again.”
The Cottagers lead at the break, but Maatsen explained what the manager said to them at half time with the Sky Blues quickly turning around the match, with the left back praising the in form Viktor Gyökeres who netted a brace to add to his seven goals this season, before commenting on his own effort.
“The gaffer told us to stay calm and do what we do and you seen the mid-block we just nicked the ball off them a couple of times and we finished the chance we had so it was good.
“He (Viktor) is a good striker; he is always on target so I will do my best to give him the best chances.
“You always try to get an assist or make a good pass. We knew it was coming as we put pressure on them, and I was thinking when I came into the dressing room ‘ok, now we build and build in a good way and obviously it came, and I finished it!
“I just switched the ball to Fank, and I just got it back in the box and I thought after a touch just shoot and it went in so it was an amazing feeling.
“The celebrations were so nice, and it was a good atmosphere in what is a fantastic stadium.
“I think when teams come here, they are shaking because it is a big pressure with the crowd standing behind us.
I am really glad that they support us 90 minutes long no matter if we lose or win so that is amazing.”
Maatsen joined the club in the summer on a season long loan from Chelsea and he believes he is developing well as a player in his first couple of months as a Sky Blue.
“We work hard on the training ground, and I know what the gaffer wants from us, it is a good team that play football so I am happy it has happened like this so I just want to keep it going.
“I play against men, different players and different playing styles so its only good for me to have these games as I will learn from it.
“I think the championship is tough, you play twice a week, you play against bigger teams and better players which are really quick and direct play.
“This loan is the right one for me, so I just want to keep building on it and I am happy to be here.”