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INTERVIEW: Ben Sheaf talks Wigan victory

The midfielder helps City to three points...

8 November 2022


INTERVIEW: Ben Sheaf talks Wigan victory

The midfielder helps City to three points...

8 November 2022

Sky Blues midfield Ben Sheaf was pleased with a ‘well deserved’ three points at home to Wigan Athletic.

City had to be patient to breakdown the Latics, with the opening goal not coming until 15 minutes from time, when Gustavo Hamer broke the deadlock.

Viktor Gyokeres doubled that lead in injury time, as City recorded a third consecutive win to climb into the top half of the Championship.

Speaking after the final whistle, Sheaf looked back on the victory over Wigan, as well as the current winning streak, clean sheets and being top tackler in the division.

On the result…

“We deserved it in the end,” Sheaf said.

“We were probably not at our best, but you take wins like that. A clean sheet and another two goals, so overall it’s positive but there is a lot of things in the game we can learn from.

On playing against Wigan’s deep setup:

“It is very difficult; we have not had that too much this season, so it was all about trying to move the ball quickly and finding those combinations around the edge of the box.

“We probably didn’t do that to the best of our ability in the first half, but we still had good moments.

“We had a bit of luck for the first goal with the deflection, but if you don’t shoot, you don’t score.

On his assist for Gus…

“I forgot I got an assist! I’ll take an assist like that; I think even Josh tried to claim the assist for Vik’s goal! “

On Hamer’s goals from midfield…

“It does not look good from me does it,” He joked.

“I’m pleased he’s scoring. He’s got amazing ability when it comes to shooting.

“I had a little chance in the first half where I should have done better, at least hit the target, hopefully I’ll score sooner rather than later.”

On Gyokeres’ goal at the end…

“Top top goal! To hold the ball up and spin the defender and drive like he did and to do that so late on in the game too, and stick it in the back of the net, it was fantastic.”

On the quick positional change in the table…

“We all knew we had games in hand, and we tried not to look at the table and we knew if we managed to put some performances together and get some momentum, we would climb eventually.

“We’re not getting carried away, there is a lot we can still improve on, especially tonight’s game.

“We have a very difficult game against QPR at the weekend. They’re a very good side and they lost tonight so they will be looking to bounce back against us, and we need to be ready for that.”

On the recent wins and clean sheets…

“It’s not bad is it! The lads have got to recover well now, we have been doing all the right things, so we need to keep doing that.

“We need to finish off this spell of games before the break well.”

On his seven yellow cards this season…

“When it came out, I was like oh no another.

“I try to get about and break up play so I guess they will come at times, and it is a bit too often at the moment but its all part of the game and all part of being a midfielder.”

On making the most tackles in the division…

“It is probably true. It is just finding that balance so it is what it is. I certainly won’t stop trying to tackle people.

“It is part of the game, and it is part of my game.”

On the game v QPR and the timing of the World Cup…

“It will be weird having a long break in the season and we’re on a pretty good run, so it has come at the wrong time.

“However there has been a lot of fixtures so the lads could do with a rest. It will be nice having some small time off before another mini pre-season.”

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