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INTERVIEW: Joel Latibeaudiere on Sheffield Wednesday win, midfield role and momentum

Joel spoke to the media after the final whistle...

26 December 2023


INTERVIEW: Joel Latibeaudiere on Sheffield Wednesday win, midfield role and momentum

Joel spoke to the media after the final whistle...

26 December 2023

Joel Latibeudiere gave his reaction after the final whistle, as he helped City to secure three points against Sheffield Wednesday.

Latibeaudiere was recalled to the starting eleven for the visit of the Owls, starting in midfield alongside Josh Eccles, a role he has been deployed in, in recent weeks.

Speaking after the final whistle, Joel spoke about that role, three points against Sheffield Wednesday and the form of Tatsuhiro Sakamoto.


Looking back at the importance of the result…

“Definitely. Especially to back up the Sunderland performance and bring it home. Massive crowd here today, we love that!

“We put on a performance for them and got the three points which is massive for us. Two in a row and two clean sheets in a row too.”


On Tatsuhiro Sakamoto and his goals…

“He has been awesome since he has come in. He is finding his feet more every day, his confidence is growing.

“You can see it in the changing rooms, he is getting involved in the banter and his English is improving. He is a great asset to this team and it was two amazing goals.

“The boys are playing well, Haji is getting confidence as well, you see him standing up his man and taking him on and putting that ball in the box. We are growing in confidence at the minute and we need to keep grinding out these results.

“He is so comfortable with the ball on either foot. His balance, he can stop and start his opponent at his own will so yeah, he is a great asset to have and he was a great signing by the management team.”


Sheffield Wednesday's threat…

“At half time Bidders (Jake Bidwell) said ‘listen, these guys are fighting for their lives, it is massive to stay in this league’, so we knew they would come out and fight in front of their massive crowd. Milan made a great clearance off the line to keep us up at 1-0.

“We knew we needed that second goal and then when it finally came the game was done, but that period before the second goal just shows how much we have grown as a team from the start of the season. We can manage and get through those type of periods.”


Three points off the top six…

“Great to see but we are not really looking at that yet. We need to keep grinding the wins out, game after game.

“We each have our own individual goals, whether that is from defense, midfield or attack. We go through them.

“At the CBS we have been really good. I think we have only been beaten once, we know that so we have a lot of confidence here and the fans here are awesome, all the time. We know we have that little advantage here.”


On his centre midfield role…

“I am always a defender at heart but I have been brought in here to play in multiple positions, the gaffer explained that at the start of the season. That is one of the reasons he wanted to bring me in.

“I have played right-back, centre-back and I play midfield for my country so it is not like I am being asked to do something I cannot. It gives me confidence knowing the manager can come to me and put me in those positions.

“It is another tool in my tool box, I get to learn from him (Mark Robins), Adi (Viveash) and Dennis (Lawrence), all great coaches so I am getting more experience. The more tools in my tool box the better it is for me.”


Friday versus Swansea…

“I have a lot of friends there but a lot of friends I want to beat as well! So it will be a good one.

“The confidence in the changing room is through the roof. Playing at the CBS like I said it is our home, it is our pitch and we always set the standards here. We set the tempo and that is pushing on by the leaders in the dressing room.

“We will go into the game wanting the three points.”

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