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INTERVIEW: Matty Godden Derby Preview

Godden looks ahead to Saturday's contest

18 March 2022

Sky Blues striker Matty Godden expressed his optimism towards Saturday’s game against Derby County, as City look to bounce back from midweek defeat.

The 30-year-old previewed the team’s trip to Pride Park and praised the support of the Sky Blues fans.

“They’re desperate for points, we want the points to push on and tomorrow could be a very good game,” Godden stated.

“Nearly every away ground we go to, if we don’t sell out then we’re very close to it and obviously we can’t thank the fans enough home and away.

“To pack nearly every away ground that we go to is phenomenal. Hopefully we’ll go there tomorrow and give them something to sing and shout about.

“If we can get a positive result tomorrow we can send a message that we’re not giving up [on a play-off push].

“I know a lot of teams have got to play each other, and we’ve got to play teams above us, so who knows.

“If results go our way then we’re right back in it, we’re not going to stop looking at that top six until we are completely out of it.

“Everyone knows how we are as a team; as a group we know that we don’t give up.

"We’ve proven that with the performances this season and all of the late goals. It’s not in our nature to give up and we’re going to go right until the very end.”

Godden got his name back on the scoresheet last weekend, and the striker reflected on the impressive performance of his teammate Callum O’Hare against Sheffield United.

“It’s what you come to expect with Callum; he’s very good with those little passes and me and him have got a good understanding.

“He knows that I’ll be in those positions for him, if he’s going to cut the ball back, and we’ve had that all the way from the League One season really.”

After the Sky Blues also endured midweek defeat against Hull City on Wednesday night, Godden spoke of the need to keep more clean sheets.

“It’s the old cliché that it starts from the front. It’s not just the back five plus the goalkeeper, it’s us as a team.

“It’s a mentality that we all need to have, to press and do what we do. When we do press right, it’s probably one of our better sides to our game; the pressure that we can win the ball back in the opposition half.”

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