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INTERVIEW: Ben Sheaf on Burnley defeat and remaining positive ahead of upcoming fixtures

City suffered narrow defeat against Burnley at the CBS...

8 October 2022


INTERVIEW: Ben Sheaf on Burnley defeat and remaining positive ahead of upcoming fixtures

City suffered narrow defeat against Burnley at the CBS...

8 October 2022

Sky Blues midfielder Ben Sheaf believes there were positives to take from City’s defeat to Burnley at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Mark Robins’ men slipped to a narrow defeat, after a tight affair which was decided by a first-half Nathan Tella strike.

The Sky Blues pressed for an equaliser and came close through a Jonathan Panzo header, which came back off the woodwork, but ultimately they could not find a way back in.

Sheaf looked back on the afternoon and spoke about taking the positives from the performance.


Reflecting on the result…

“There were definitely positives to take from the performance, we looked pretty solid overall.

“They’ve had a lot of the ball, which is probably to have been expected, but we kept our shape well and other than the goal really, which was a half chance, I can’t really remember them really threating our goal.

“Overall, I think we have to take the positives from it. It’s been a good week and we need to look at that side of it and take it into next week.”


Burnley’s possession based game…

“It’s difficult, you have to maintain your concentration and it’s tough physically and that probably showed at times when we were on the ball because we didn’t look as much as a threat as we do normally and we’re probably tired from that.

“Like I said they had a lot of the ball, but I don’t think they threatened too much, and we looked pretty solid so that’s definitely something we can take forward with us and if we can start playing a bit more whilst sticking with that defensive stability then we will be in good stead.”


Assessing Nathan Tella’s goal…

“The lads will look at that and probably think it’s a soft goal because it just trickles in, and we could do with a few of them coming our way to be honest.

“We came back into it and after the changes were made, we looked a bit more energetic, and it looked we maybe could have nicked something right at the end.”


On Panzo hitting the bar just before the break and remaining positive…

“That one could have done with going in because then we go in at 1-1 and it’s a different game but we go in 1-0 down in the end.

“If we would have got the equaliser then I would have fancied us going on, because second half we started quite well but then they had a spell of 10 minutes when they dominated, and we looked tired.

“The boys that came on and we changed the shape, and they helped us look more threatening and we had a few chances, but we just have to remain positive.

“You have to look at the bigger picture, we’d gone four unbeaten and we looked solid again today so we can’t get too down about it.

“There’s plenty of fixtures coming up where we can look to bounce back and pick up some more points.”


Analysing his run in the side…

“I feel like I’m constantly improving and constantly learning, and I love being out on the pitch and I love playing football it’s as simple as that.

“Every time I go out there, I’m going to give everything for the club and continue trying to improve and get better.”


Why looking at the table isn’t important right now…

“It would be good if we were out of the bottom three, but we’ve spoken about looking at the league table and we won’t look at it until the winter break.

“We know not to look at it because it’s not a true reflection of how we’ve done and we’re still gathering momentum and rhythm, so we’re just taking each game as it come, and we will assess it once the break comes and see where we are then.”

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