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INTERVIEW: Jamie Allen Sheffield United Preview

Midfielder looks ahead to home clash with the Blades…

11 March 2022

Sky Blues Midfielder Jamie Allen uncovered what his side need to do to score more goals, as well as reflecting on his personal highlights from the season.

The Sky Blues return to action at the Coventry Building Society Arena, taking on Sheffield United.

Jamie Allen praised his side for their efforts in recent weeks and suggested what City could do next to replicate their early season hot streak.

“It’s been frustrating, we’re creating chances but just not getting the ball in the back of the net at the minute, but the performances aren’t too bad.” Allen said.

“The goals we’re conceding aren’t great but we’re still creating those chances and if we weren’t, we’d be more worried about it, the way we’re playing we’ve been doing alright, we’ve deserved to get something out of the games I think.

“We just have to keep believing in ourselves and not keep putting the pressure on the strikers either and look for the whole team to contribute to the goals, but we need to get that first one off and then hopefully they roll in after that.

“I put that pressure on myself, I hope I get a couple of chances every game or every other game and hopefully one of them chances falls for me, I just need to get into those positions and time my runs and then if the ball bounces to me I can finish it.”

City’s energetic midfielder put pen to paper before the Christmas period, extending his Sky Blues stay until 2024.

Now with 29 appearances to his name this season, Allen assessed his season so far.

“I’m taking it game by game, I don’t really know how many games I’ve played consistently, so I’m just seeing how things are going.

“When you play more, you play your better football and you can see that in everyone that’s been playing regularly.

“The experience that I’ve learnt over the years I’m probably at a time where I’m reaching my peak, I don’t know when that will be, whether it’s in a couple years or if it’s right now, but I want to be playing every game but it’s a a team game and whatever is right for the team.

“I feel like we’ve got a good fit squad, the only difficulties is if you’re not in the squad, but that’s when the team comes into play because everyone’s supporting each other and wants everyone to do well.”

Allen eyed up the Blades’ past performances and what a result against Paul Heckingbottom’s side does for the Sky Blues’ season aspirations.

“They’ve been in good form recently, I remember playing them away and it was a tough game, they like to move the ball well and they’ve got good movement up top, I think it’ll be a good game for us.

“We’ve done really well this season, from last season we’ve just pushed on because there were a couple of games last season where we pushed on in the Championship and finished quite well despite the middle patch of league last year, so we’ve carried that on and got the momentum and took it game by game and thought we could play anyone really.

“I feel like we want to push as high as possible, we’ve got the squad to do it and we all want to push for the highest heights we can and if we can get into the play-offs, brilliant, but if not we’ll get as close to them as possible and go again next season.

“We’ve had little meeting with the staff saying what points we need to get and what games we need to look at, like I said it’s game by game and we need to take each game as it is and try and get as many points in the remaining games left.”


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