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INTERVIEW: Josh Eccles Middlesbrough Reaction

Young midfielder reflects on defeat...

30 January 2022

Sky Blues midfielder Josh Eccles reflected on City’s chances following yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough, as well as his versatility as a player.

Eccles’ side were defeated by Andraz Sporar’s strike on 58 minutes, despite City putting on a valiant display with chances of their own.

“We’ll take a look at it and come back in high spirits,” the 21-year-old assured.

“Considering where we are in the table, we can’t be down about it; we’re still in and about it, we have just got to focus on the next game now.

“It’s a tough one, obviously we are creating the chances which is important, but we just need to look at what we can do better.

“It’s disappointing not to get the three points, to come away to Middlesbrough who are a top Championship team with a top performance and to lose.

“We’ve had three tough weeks, three good performances and we just haven’t taken all of the points.”

Yesterday’s fixture saw Eccles occupy right-back, and despite usually being a midfielder, he mentioned how he quickly settled into the game as the position is not unfamiliar.

“I’ve played there before, obviously I’m a midfielder but I like to be versatile. I’ll play anywhere to be on the pitch really.

“Obviously it helps having Kyle McFadzean, Dom Hyam and Jake Clarke-Salter behind me telling me what to do and where to go which makes my job easier. I like going forwards, but I can do that defensive part as well.

“Doing something good at the start of the game always gives you a little boost, so obviously doing that so early gave me a bit of confidence to go on and enjoy myself. I had a chance a couple of minutes later, and created another chance later for Callum [O’Hare].”

Next up for the Sky Blues is a trip to Southampton in the Emirates FA Cup, and Eccles mentioned his excitement for the occasion.

“We had some more tickets allocated, it will be a great day out for the boys and for the fans to be playing at a Premier League team in Southampton.”

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