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INTERVIEW: Michael Rose looks ahead to Reading

City take on the Royals...

9 December 2022


INTERVIEW: Michael Rose looks ahead to Reading

City take on the Royals...

9 December 2022

Sky Blues centre-back, Michael Rose, is relishing the return to action, as him and his teammates travel to Reading this weekend.

Last time out, on their visit to the Select Car Leasing Stadium, Rose scored a splendid header, as City came away with all three points.

City will be looking to take inspiration from their last clash against the Royals, as well as their form before the World Cup break.

The Sky Blues had won four from four in November, keeping four clean sheets in the process, as they rose to 12th in the Championship.

Rose is looking to pick up from there and continue the momentum that had been built up when City return to action this weekend.


Reflecting on the World Cup break…

“It has been strange, but it’s been nice as well.

“I’ve managed to get away and get some sun which is good, but it’s strange at this time of the year, but now I’m just raring to go.

“It’s going to be strange, we had really good form going into the break so we need to try get back to that form as quick as we possibly can, but I think it will be strange for everyone, because nobody has experienced this before.

“It will be interesting this weekend, but we’re looking forward to it.”


Mid-season trip to Marbella…

“Credit to the boys, everyone came back and looked really sharp and really fit so we probably thought it was going to be a bit like pre-season, but like I said everyone seemed on it.

“We had a good week there and the training was really good, it was something different.”


Run of clean sheets before the break…

“We were proud of the clean sheet record. The last time I spoke to the media I spoke about the start of the season and the goals we were conceding and as a defender you take that more personal even though it’s the whole team on the pitch.

“But we managed a way to stop that and now I think we’ve matched our clean sheet total for the whole of last season which is credit to everyone and hopefully we can continue to do that because if you keep clean sheets and you have a striker like Viktor up top then you’re going to win games.”


Turning the defensive record around…

“We stripped things right back and went back to basics and started to lay foundations to get back to what we know we can be.

“Then we weren’t necessarily winning games, but we were putting in good performances and getting some good draws and then we kicked on from there and built some momentum.

“Once we got that, we kept going and you could tell the confidence was coming back and we were getting a lot better, and we know we can hurt teams a lot.”


Losing Kyle McFadzean to injury…

“It will be a challenge because he’s been a huge player for us and brings that experience, but we need to step up.

“I’m the oldest one out of the three so I have to put pressure on myself to lead, but we have a few leaders on the pitch anyway, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“The two other lads are talented boys and I have full confidence in them to do well anyway, we all help each other when we’re out there.”


Last time out against Reading…

“It was good, we got a good win and I managed to finally score as well, so hopefully if we can do that again it’ll be perfect.

“It’s something I need to do, and I haven’t scored yet this season so I need to try and help the team from set plays because they’re big in this league and hopefully I can contribute this weekend.”


On injury issues…

“I’m all good now.

“I’ve had little injuries which I couldn’t risk. Before the Wigan game I was touch and go and I made the choice myself to play because I wanted to stay in the team, and I felt good during the game and then something happened towards the end which was frustrating.

“But the break has helped, having a few weeks and I haven’t missed anything and as soon as the boys were back in training, I was back in training the same day.

“I’ve spoken to the physios, and we have a plan going forward to try and help that because it is really frustrating and I’m trying to deal with it as well as I can.”

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