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INTERVIEW: Josh Eccles on win at Cardiff and his performance

The young midfielder was one of City's star performers on South Wales...

15 October 2022


INTERVIEW: Josh Eccles on win at Cardiff and his performance

The young midfielder was one of City's star performers on South Wales...

15 October 2022

Sky Blues midfielder Josh Eccles told of his delight after City picked up three points on the road against Cardiff.

The midfielder came into the starting eleven for his first Championship start since the 1-1 draw with Sunderland on the opening day of the season.

Eccles was happy to be told of his start and spoke about why it was important for him to take his chance back in the starting eleven.

City will welcome back returning midfielders Liam Kelly, Gustavo Hamer and Callum O’Hare in the coming weeks and Eccles believes the more competition the better.

On his ambitions…

“We’re delighted with that one. It meant a lot for me, personally and the team, and it was three points needed.

“I think last year for me, in my head, that was the year I needed to breakthrough, but unfortunately I had a few injuries.

“However, I’ve put that behind me now and I’m just looking to keep getting more game time and keep the shirt and show what I’m about really.

“The first few games of the season, I know in myself, I wasn’t at the standards I need to be, so today has boosted my confidence a little bit.

Coming into the starting eleven…

“I found out on Friday just before training! The Gaffer let me know I was starting and it meant a lot because I’ve played a few times this season, but I haven’t been at my best and the performance was needed for me.”

Vik getting his goal…

“You know Vik always has a goal in him. When he missed that chance early on, you knew he was going to get another one and you just have to keep focused.

“It was early on in the game, so when he got the next chance he put it away and it was nice for us to have that to fall back on and grind out the game until the end.

“He will take any goal he can get. He scores all kinds of goals, and today it was probably more important than some of the other goals he’s scored in the past.”

The Cardiff disallowed goal…

“I feel like we’ve been unlucky this season, so to actually have some luck go our way for once meant a lot. I don’t really know to be honest about the goal.

“You’ll have to ask the referee why he disallowed it. Kyle McFadzean didn’t intentionally play the ball and he was offside, so that’s all that matter.”

Looking back at Kyle McFadzean’s performance…

“They had so many corners, but Fadz is like fine wine isn’t he? He gets better with age, and he is someone we need at the back.

“He’s good with the young lads, he’s a great leader and a great defender as well, so he helps us out massively.”

The impact of the substitutes…

“[Martyn] Waghorn is a game winner, he came on and helped change things moving forward and he comes on and creates a chance where we could’ve made it 2-0 at the end.

“It's the same with Kasey [Palmer], he showed a different side of his game. He’s normally a technical, skillful player, but he came on and showed great attitude.

"He grafted, putting in some good challenges for us, which helped us keep going.”

On the competition in midfield with returning players…

“The more competition the better. We all try to improve each other and with me being the youngest it’s good to have that.

“With the experience of Liam Kelly and then Callum O'Hare and Gustavo Hamer coming back. It’s great for everyone in the team.

“We know they can’t wait to be back and the competition is good, and it's about, when you get the shirt, making sure you keep it. That’s what I get told all the time, and that’s what I want to do.”

Rotation coming during a busy run of games…

“We’ve been told before, we will expect changes. The games come thick and fast over the next few weeks, and you might have played the bets game one day and miss out in the next, that’s just the way it will be

“With suspensions and injuries coming back it helps the team and you cant take it as a negative if your not playing, you have to support the team on the pitch or from on the bench.”

Versatility in positions…

“I prefer central midfield, but I do enjoy playing right-wing-back as well. I know I can put a shift in there, but I also know I need to improve there.

“Everyone is always learning and improving at the end of the day, so it’s good to have that second position and be versatile because it can be easier to get on the pitch and when you get on the pitch its better.”

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