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INTERVIEW: Michael Rose Blackpool Reaction

The defender’s thoughts after Blackpool draw…

9 February 2022

Sky Blues defender Michael Rose says there’s positives to take, despite only coming away with a 1-1 draw against Blackpool at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

After falling behind to Gary Madine’s opening goal, the Sky Blues clawed themselves back into the game, with Viktor Gyökeres grabbing his third goal in five games.

Rounding off City’s second game in four days, following the battle against Premier League Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday, fatigue understandably set in for City, but Michael Rose took the positives from the match against Blackpool.

“Overall, considering the game on Saturday and then tonight I think we did alright especially first half, I think we were really good first half actually.

"Then we conceded a goal against the run of play which was really frustrating because it took a couple deflections past a couple of people and then they tapped it in, but we managed to get a goal back and probably should’ve scored a couple more, especially first half.

“As the second half was going it died down with a few tired bodies, but I think overall we can be happy with a point, but frustrated we didn’t take all three.

“Credit to all the boys and all the staff for making sure we were ready for it, we came out flying and we needed to do that to set the tone because we probably knew later on in the game a few boys would tire and I think that’s how it panned out.

“They were on the attack and we were caught open and they had the run of play on us, when they crossed it I think Simon got a little touch on it, which put it through my legs and then Jake’s legs and then it dropped to them, so it’s the little things that are frustrating.

"We’re putting in good performances, especially the past couple of weeks so we just need to start putting them performances into wins.”

A congested February of football lies ahead for the Sky Blues, with five game in 14 days awaiting them - a match roughly every three days. 

With the play-off picture still very much alive, Rose explained what City need to do to make that top six push.

“It’s really small margins, we’ve got some really good, talented footballers, that are young as well, and want to do well and we’re close, but we’ve got a lot of work to do, but we need to keep putting performances in and things should turn in our favour.

“It’s on us to start going and getting the points, we’ve got games in hand over a couple of teams, but, like I’ve touched on, if we keep getting these performances, with loads of chances in the game, I’m sure the boys will start putting them away.

"We’ve got to stayed focused, make sure the recovery is right, I think it’s the same for everyone, but do the right things, we’re a fit team, with young players, so we can handle it.”

On a personal note, Rose reflected on the chances that fell to him against the Tangerines, noting his desire to be on the scoresheet, as well as taking a look at the Southampton clash and how that can be used as a barometer for his performances this season.

“The one in the first half was so annoying because I’m trying to get a goal to be honest, I probably could’ve took it down, but I didn’t know there wasn’t anyone behind me, I just needed to go left or right, but I hit it straight at the keeper.

“I knew I was onside because the guy in front of me was deeper, but I didn’t know about the guy behind me, that’s why I never took it down, looking back I probably could’ve, but I’m trying to get in there because I need to start adding more goals to my game.

“I feel good, I think, personally, in the games I’ve played, I’ve done well and I’ve had a good season, so far, but I know there’s a lot more to come from me, so I just need to keep doing the right things and making sure I’m on the pitch.

“That’s the games where you go in to see if you can handle it and we held more than our own, I think we were probably the better team on the day and I was really frustrated at the end of the game.

"But, when you look a the bigger picture it was good to see how we handled it, so credit to the boys for recovering tonight and coming away with a point.”


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