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INTERVIEW: Jake Bidwell reflects on Millwall defeat

City defender says there are positives take from difficult day…

13 August 2022

Sky Blues defender Jake Bidwell emphasised the upside of the performance, despite the narrow 3-2 loss to Millwall.

“I think there are plenty of positives to take from the performance, but ultimately we didn’t take any points so we’re disappointed. Performance-wise there are positives to take forward,” he said.

“We go 2-0 up and we’re in full control of the game and then a couple of defining moments go against us and we come away with nothing.

“It’s a difficult place to come, but, like I said, we were fully in control, so for it to get flipped on its head is disappointing, but we’ll go through it in the week and find out why that was and why the defining moments went for them in the end.”

Jake Bidwell contributed his second assist in as many games, helping the Sky Blues to create chances from all over the pitch.

“If you want to be successful in this league, you can’t just rely on your front two to get your goals and you need to chip in from all over,” he said.

“For Fadz to get one is good for him and Matty, as a striker, wants to get off the mark as quickly as possible and him and Viktor [Gyökeres] are both off the mark and strikers like to go on a bit of a run. We need everyone to chip in but you need your goal-scorers to be in form as well.

“If there was one team that looked like they were going to go on and win it, it was us. We had a couple more chances and their keeper has made a couple of decent saves, there was a shout for handball in the box, so there are plenty of positives.”

Reflecting on the important sequences in the match, Bidwell highlighted the difficulties the Sky Blues faced against the Lions, whilst also reaffirming the solidarity of the squad.

“[Gustavo] Hamer’s red card was another one that went against us.

“If there’s any time you don’t want to have ten men, its in 35 degree heat, but it is what is is and even with ten men I’d say we still looked more likely to score at certain points, so we’re disappointed with that but we’ll move on.

“There’s no blame attached to anyone. We stick together as a group, we win and lose as a group and that’s the way it is.”

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