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INTERVIEW: Ben Sheaf Birmingham City Reaction

Sky Blues goalscorer reflects on victory...

16 April 2022

Sky Blues midfielder Ben Sheaf highlighted his delight to get two goals in yesterday’s 4-2 win against Birmingham City.

Mark Robins’ side valiantly fought back from a two-goal deficit to claim the three points at St. Andrew's, courtesy of goals from Ben Sheaf, Michael Rose and Callum O’Hare.

Following the contest, Sheaf reflected on the Sky Blues’ courageous performance to come back from behind and earn the victory.

“I think if you had told us that we would’ve scored four goals today I probably wouldn’t have believed you, but we’ll take it,” Sheaf mentioned.

“There was a bit of a slow start; disappointing to concede two goals from set pieces in the way that we did, but we still felt as if we made the right passes as there were areas to exploit.

“I feel like we did that towards the end of the first half and definitely in the second half, so it was pleasing to come away with the win.

“I should probably do a bit better on the marking and come and head it, then for the second there was no attempt for anyone to mark the man who scored.

“We said that and looked at it at half-time, so we changed it for the second half and we were better at defending the set plays in the second half. We didn’t feel like the game was gone; there was plenty of time left and we managed to claw it back.”

It was the 24-year-old’s two goals in the final moments of the first half which restored parity going into the changing rooms at the break, and having tapped in from close range for his first effort, Sheaf spoke of his powerful header which levelled the scores.

“I don’t really know what happened to be fair! I just threw my head at it and in it goes.

“Obviously I’m absolutely buzzing to score two, I would’ve taken one, but I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me I would score two today.

“I think it was important to go in at 2-2; like I said we didn’t start too great. They slowed it down with throw ins as soon as they scored, so it was difficult to get a bit of rhythm in the game.

“We’ve been pretty good through set pieces this season. We could maybe defend them a bit better, but attacking-wise we look dangerous.

“Against Fulham last week we were good at them as well. Set pieces are a massive part of the game - you’ve got to take them seriously and they’ve helped us a lot today.

“We’ve been crying out for other players to score, scoring from different areas of the pitch. Cal has added goals to his game and that’s massive. The defenders are scoring and I’ve been wanting to add goals to my game since the start of the season, so better late than never!

“Like I said, we knew that if we strung a few passes together and exploited the gaps then we would get chances and it was a great win today.”

Next up for the Sky Blues is the visit of Bournemouth to the Coventry Building Society Arena on Monday, and Sheaf gave insight to City’s mentality as we get closer to the end of the season.

“We take each game as it comes, we’ve got some tough fixtures coming up.

“I think every game from here on is tough; teams are scrapping it out for playoffs or to stay in the league, but we’ve got some tough fixtures against good quality opposition.

“The main thing now is about recovery, it’s a quick turnaround so we’ll recover as quickly as we can and look forward to the game on Monday.”


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