City striker Fabio Tavares was delighted to get his name back on the scoresheet, as he helped fire the Under-21s to victory in the Birmingham Senior Cup.
Tavares found the back of the net twice in the second half, firstly from the penalty spot and then with a great finish a few minutes from time.
The striker was happy to be involved in the game and get some minutes under his belt before heading into a break before the resumption of the Championships season.
“It was kind of a scrappy game to be fair, nobody was on top of anyone and there were just periods from each side,” Tavares said.
“I was just focusing on getting the rust off and growing into the game and the lads dug in deep to come from a goal down so early on and we finished the game a bit shaky, we should’ve managed that period a bit better, but overall, we did well.
“We were trying to find out groove and we grew in confidence which I think we did and once we started playing, you saw in midfield with Marco (Rus) and Ryan (Howley), they got on the ball a bit more and they were giving me balls in behind and it helped to create chances.”
It was the first time Fabio had linked up with the Under-21s for a few weeks, after being part of the first team squad on a regular basis.
Tavares was happy to come and play and get some game time and was happy to be able to fire City into the next round.
“It’s been a couple of weeks since I got some game time, so I’m happy to get back amongst the goals.
“It’s important for me to keep playing, I’ve come here, and I wanted to work hard and help the team and I’ve done that scoring two goals, so I’m happy.
“I took the goal well I thought, and I needed that feeling of seeing the ball hit the back of the net, it was a nice moment.
“I was happy with the penalty, but I wanted a goal in open play and Ryan (Howley) played a great ball to me and I told him a couple of minutes earlier that the pass was on, and he did it perfectly and I was there, and I thought I finished I quite well.”
Fabio revealed how linking up with the first team this season, he has been able to learn a lot from the players around him, including the Championship’s joint top-scorer, Viktor Gyokeres.
“The camp is flying right now and the enthusiasm in the group is good and the energy and attitude is really good.
“I’m just learning from all the strikers and the man himself Vik, who’s in top form right now, so I’m just learning off everyone and focusing on improving.”