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INTERVIEW: Ryan Howley Watford Reaction

The midfielder spoke about victory against Watford...

21 April 2022

Sky Blues midfielder Ryan Howley spoke of his delight after the Under-23s came from behind to beat Watford earlier this week.

City found themselves 2-1 down heading into the break, but goals from Fabio Tavares, Abel Alabi and Will Bapaga helped fire city to all three points.

Speaking after the game, Howley told how the victory was important for the 23s as they head into the final two fixtures of the season.

“We had a slow start, and we hadn’t been playing at our best, so to turn that around in the second half, we showed great personality and it was important to get that win.

“Watford are a good team, and they didn’t make it easy for us, maybe the little mistake they made helped us get back into the game and from then on, we just kicked on and upped it and capitalized on that.

“We need to carry on showing that never say die attitude in the final few games and then see where that takes us.”

A win against Watford all but confirmed City’s place in the play-offs, with a three point lead ahead of third placed Hull City, but with a far superior goal difference.

With that position on the cusp of confirmation, Howley told how him, and his teammates were proud to have achieved such a feat.

“We set out at the start of the season that we wanted to try and win the league, but if we couldn’t do that then we wanted to finish in the top two.

“With our goal difference and the games left it looks like that’s all but over the line now, so once it’s 100% confirmed I think it has been a great achievement from everyone.

“We want to keep pushing for the title, because it’s not out of the question yet, but also, we need to make sure we’re in good shape for the play-offs if get there.

“So, we have to keep ticking over and putting in good performances because winning breeds confidence and be in good form.”

The result coincided with the midfielder’s nomination for the the EFL’s Apprentice of the Year award.

Howley was recognized for his breakthrough where he has gone on to earn his Coventry City debut as well as his EFL and Championship debut.

“When I saw it I was buzzing. There have been some big names to have won the Apprentice of the year award, like Jude Bellingham, so to be nominated is something I’m proud of.

“I want to have a good time and see what happens, if I win then I’ll be really happy, but if not then I just need to keep going.

“I’d been working for my Championship debut all season and to finally get that moment it was a really proud day for me and my family.

“It’s been a surreal year and I think it’s what I’ve earned because I’ve worked hard for it all season.”

 


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