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INTERVIEW: Jake Bidwell Derby County Reaction

The defender reflects on yesterday's draw...

20 March 2022

Sky Blues defender Jake Bidwell looked back on yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Derby County.

Some neat interchanges between Callum O’Hare and Matty Godden resulted in the Sky Blues’ striker putting City ahead on 27 minutes, and Bidwell gave his views on the opener.

“It was a good move all round really, and that’s what Godden does,” Bidwell mentioned.

“Give him a chance and he puts it away, so it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t hold on to it but it is a point. It was important that we didn’t lose back-to-back after the midweek game, so you could take that as a positive as well.

“It was a good move and a great finish.”

However the hosts won a penalty on 67 minutes, and Derby captain Tom Lawrence levelled the scores to make it 1-1.

“They probably had a slightly better game at that point, but I don’t think they had any massive clear-cut chances that I can remember.

“I haven’t seen the penalty back but I was close to it and it sounded like a soft one, which is disappointing but it’s a point and we move on.

“We probably had the best chances to win the game, so we’re slightly disappointed on that front, but it’s a point away from home in the Championship. To come anywhere and get a point is not easy, so it’s slightly disappointing but there are positives to take as well.”

Yesterday’s contest also saw a spell at centre-back for Bidwell, a position which the 28-year-old is not unfamiliar with.

“I’ve played there quite a bit to be fair. I played there quite a lot growing up and I’ve played there quite a few times for QPR and Swansea as well.

“It’s not something that’s regular to me but it’s also not something alien to me either.”

As City reach the milestone of last season’s points total, Bidwell also shared his hope for a play-off push as the Sky Blues continue to improve.

“While I’ve been here, the gaffer and Adi talk about the process and getting better year-on-year.

“We’ve got the same amount of points as last year so that’s obviously a positive but we would be silly to not look at the opportunity while it’s still there. We’re looking to finish the season strongly and we will see where that takes us.

“I said that when I signed, it feels like a club on the up.

“The fans are back in their own stadium, they’re travelling in numbers wherever they go, so it seems like it’s buzzing and going in the right direction.”

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