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INTERVIEW: Jamie Allen Huddersfield Town Preview

Season review from midfield workhorse…

29 April 2022

Midfielder Jamie Allen thanked the fans for their tremendous support this season as the Sky Blues’ marked their return to Coventry.

With Saturday marking the City’s final home game of the season, where they will take on play-off side Huddersfield Town, Jamie Allen took a moment to reflect on the return to the Coventry Building Society.

Allen praised the Sky Blue Army for their continued support, home and away, but highlighted the impact the home fans have had at the Arena this campaign.

The Sky Blues have notched 11 goals in stoppage time this season, something Allen accredited to the roar of the Coventry fans, eight of which sealing a late win or draw, now dubbed ‘Coventry City Time.’

Six of those late goals have come at home and Allen touched on those at the beginning of the campaign- Kyle McFadzean’s versus Nottingham Forest and Matty Godden’s against Reading and Bristol City- that sent City off the a flyer at the beginning of the campaign.

“You could tell at the very start of the season, when we went six or seven games unbeaten, that the fans had a massive impact on us being back at the stadium."

After a stop-start opening to the campaign, Allen has gone on to make 36 appearances in total in the Championship, starting 27, with the majority coming after the Christmas break.

The 27-year-old midfielder has started 17 matches since the turn of the year and has started 11 consecutive matches going into the final two games of the campaign, hoping to make it another against Huddersfield.

With the Terriers' place in the play-offs confirmed, Allen looked to the tough challenge ahead as City prepare for one final Coventry show.

“I think we’re all excited to play the final game at the stadium, it’s going to be a big crowd and hopefully we get the win and top the season off with a win at home.

“[Huddersfield] are very organised, they work very hard together as a team, similar to us to be fair, but they’ve got a good home record and that’s what we need to work and improve on for next season.”

Having signed a new deal, back in December, extending his Sky Blues stay until 2024, Allen has gone on to be a key player in the heart of the City midfield.

Whether its partnering with Ben Sheaf or Gustavo Hamer, deeper in the side, or pressing high and creating chances further up with Callum O’hare, the midfielder has become a pivotal piece in Mark Robins’ set-up.

After a positive season on a personal note, Allen reflected on his team’s season as a whole, with one final thank you to the fans.

“We’ve had a good season, some results could’ve been better but we want to make the next two games winnable and top it off and make them memorable, so, hopefully we can get the result for the fans and they’ve enjoyed it as much as we have.

“For them to be there with us all season, making at least 18,000 to 23,000, it’s been amazing on their behalf and hopefully we can top it off with a win.”


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