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INTERVIEW: Ellis Simms looks back at Southampton draw

The striker gave his reaction after the final whistle...

13 December 2023


INTERVIEW: Ellis Simms looks back at Southampton draw

The striker gave his reaction after the final whistle...

13 December 2023

Ellis Simms told how the Sky Blues were unlucky not to come away with all three points against Southampton at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Haji Wright opened the scoring for City, who hit the bar moments before through Callum O'Hare, but Southampton equalised 20 minutes later through Sam Edozie.

The Sky Blues then almost took the lead again through Ben Sheaf, but Gavin Bazunu produced a fine stop at the death.

Speaking to the local media after the final whistle, Simms summed up the games events, as City were forced to settle for a point.

Being held to a point...

“Every home game we want to get the three points really. We know they are a quality opposition so I think before the game we would have probably taken a point.

“We are disappointed but it is a point on the board so we move onto Leeds on Saturday."


Coming up against Southampton

“We know they are a quality opposition and they have got good players to keep the ball well.

“We had a game plan to try not to go chasing after it and allow them to play it around us.

“We had to be patient at times and build into the gameplan and not get carried away because we knew they would eventually give the ball away.

“At times we looked a threat on the counter attack so we just had to be patient.

“We had a few good chances in the game and they had a few as well so it was not like we never had the ball. We created chances with the low possession we had.”


Having a chance towards the end of the first period…

“I think Tatsuhiro (Sakamoto) slipped it in behind and the angle was quite tight from what I can recall, maybe another day I will hit it lower.

“On another day it will go in and we will take the lead just before halftime, so I think we had good chances. We need to work hard to take them.”


On Haji’s opener…

“The one into Haji, it was a nice calm finish from him. That gave us a lead and it was a good team goal so we are happy with that.”


Their equaliser…

“We know we will concede chances against such a good team but we defended well as a team. So we were unlucky in that aspect because we have had quite a few clean sheets.

“We will not get too disheartened about it, we just have to move on and build from it.”


Sheaf almost grabbing the winner…

“It was great play, I think it was Kasey (Palmer) with a reverse ball on the blind side, so it was a great strike from Sheafo (Ben Sheaf).

“On another day it nestles in that top corner but today it was just not meant to be.”


The system and his impact…

“I do not really mind what formation we play. I have played the last two games so I am happy to be in the team.

“I need to work hard to try and keep my place and the goals will come.

“As a collective, we are still winning games through goals from other positions. It is a team sport, so that is the main thing.”


Goals coming…

“Definitely coming, I need to keep working hard and to not overthink things.

“We have good wide players creating a lot of chances. Same with our full-backs, so eventually something will drop and it will hit the net. I am sure it is a matter of time.”


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