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INTERVIEW: Ben Wilson talks Sunderland, new signings and personal growth

City take on Sunderland this weekend...

25 August 2023


INTERVIEW: Ben Wilson talks Sunderland, new signings and personal growth

City take on Sunderland this weekend...

25 August 2023

Ben Wilson believes he is in the best place he has ever been in his career, after a record breaking season in the last campaign.

Ben broke Coventry's Club record for clean sheets in a season, keeping 21 in all competitions, helping City to the play-off final.

Now, Wilson has started this season with picking up his first one in his last outing at the Coventry Building Society Arena and he is looking to build on that.

Sunderland are the opponents this weekend and the City shot-stopper is looking forward to the challenge.

The season so far…

“I think so far, we've been really good.

“When the fixtures first came out, you look at it and think it's going to be a very tough opening month, never mind the first three games and I think from the outside I think we've surprised a few people and the way we've been playing and the way we’ve controlled a lot of the games so far has been nothing but amazing from the lads.

“I think the season so far, apart from the result against Leicester, who I think if we play them now or a few week’s time, we come away with a draw or win.”


How the new lads are settling in…

“The lads that have come in have been absolutely fantastic and it’s been as if they've like been here for six months already.

“There's a lot of big characters and even the young lads that have come in, the characters that they brought is great and they’re all top lads.”


Yasin Ayari’s arrival…

“Very good technical player I must say that. Quiet so far, but he's just a young pup this one.

“He's another Swedish lad and hopefully we get on really well like the last Swedish one. But he's got big boots to fill really, but I'm sure from what I've seen so far, he can do that.

“I didn't realise how young he was until I just I got told yesterday. His technical ability is a joke and hopefully he’s similar to Kasey Palmer and can get on the ball, excite a few people and create a few chances to score a few goals.”

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Coming up against Sunderland…

“Last year was the first ever time I had the chance to play against them.

“Luckily, we won, and I got to throw it in my mates and families faces even though I had my mates down that day who were all Sunderland fans sitting in the Coventry end.

“Growing up being a Sunderland fan I used to be in the Sunderland end singing and all the songs and now I’m on the other end. Even when I'm out there playing, I'm singing with the Coventry fans giving some stick to the Sunderland fans.”


Ambitions for this season…

“Our aim is to be better than what we were last season and I think we've got a great chance I think you see the signings that have come in, the squad that we've got and the coaching staff that we've got will allow us to do that.

“As long as we are mentally ready for the challenge and take every game again as it comes we'll give ourselves the best opportunity to do that.”


Looking back on his clean sheets last season…

“Last season was an unbelievable achievement in itself and if you can better that then that would be incredible, but I think getting close enough to it would still be an incredible season for myself.

“I didn't play the first three games last season, so already at this stage, I've got more clean sheets now than last season so it's a good start and that's what I told myself.

“I trust the back five in front of me or the 10 in front of me even, so I think we've got a hell of a chance to get there and they're about and hopefully if not, beat the record from last season.”


Personal growth for himself…

“Mentally, the place I’m in, I've never ever been before, and I think I feel it. I'm 31 now and this is the prime age for the goalkeeper, but my body hurts more these days than it has ever before, but I see past that now because I see it's the mental side of it.

“I think 10 years ago, or even two years ago, I wouldn't have been able to walk out at Wembley in front of 90,000 people, whereas I done it and I didn't feel the pressure.

“I think going into this season, I’m going into each game thinking I'm going to get a clean sheet or I'm going to help the team win so I'm not like worrying about what people think of me or if I make a mistake.

“I'm in a zone of just looking forward and being the best I can and helping the lads as much as I can.”

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