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INTERVIEW: Josh Eccles on Sunderland test and Sky Blues milestone

The young midfielder is enjoying a run in the side at present as he closes in on 50 appearances for the Sky Blues...

24 February 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Josh Eccles on Sunderland test and Sky Blues milestone

The young midfielder is enjoying a run in the side at present as he closes in on 50 appearances for the Sky Blues...

24 February 2023

Sky Blues midfielder Josh Eccles believes the Club are now in a good position to mount a push for the top six places, after securing wins against Millwall and Rotherham United.

City will take on Sunderland on Saturday afternoon (12:30pm) at the Coventry Building Society Arena knowing that a win could lift them to within two points of the play-off places.

Saturday came could also mark 50 appearances in Sky Blues for Eccles, who joined the Club at the age of seven, a topic he discussed with the media on Friday morning.

On the recent run of results:

"We saw how important it was for the fans after the game. They're a massive help every week. We can hear them singing and supporting us, they're the 12th man that we need every week.

"It's one of the best feelings in the world, celebrating with the fans. There is nothing better than making them happy.

"We're in a good position now. We could be in a better position, for sure, but when you look at the injuries we have had, we can't complain at the moment.

"We still have a chance at getting into the play-offs. We are all looking up at the top six and I believe we can do it."

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On his role in midfield, alongside Gustavo Hamer:

"I am enjoying my football at the moment. I have moved back into midfield while Ben Sheaf is injured, which is a shame for him because he has been so good this season.

"Ben and Gustavo Hamer are so difficult to replace, as they're in such fine form.

"I have got my chance now and I am selling into it. I hope I can keep this run of appearances going.

"As long as I am on the pitch, you will never hear me complain. My preferred position is the one I am playing in at the moment, in midfield, but I also enjoy playing at wing-back.

"The wing-back position is a little more attacking, even though it can be more defensive at times. So long as I am on the pitch, I am happy."

On nearing a milestone for the Sky Blues, 50 appearances:

"It has flown by. I am so grateful for the opportunity. It means so much to me, having come from the Academy since the age of seven.

"I am speechless. I do still enjoy hanging around with the younger players but I can feel myself gelling with the first-team players.

"It's a huge step up and I am really enjoying it. I can now start helping those younger lads come through. It's hard but, when they get here, they'll see that there is no better feeling."

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On his new contract:

"It's great. I need to kick on now and work hard. I have four years ahead of me now to really show the fans what I have in my locker."

On tomorrow's meeting with Sunderland and the atmosphere at the Coventry Building Society Arena:

"I remember the first game of the season against Sunderland. They were probably the worst opponent to face on game week one. They had just been promoted and their fans were well up for it.

"Their fans are loud and we weren't at our best. We're a different team now and we're better now than we were.

"Tony Mowbray (Sunderland manager) came to watch me once at an FA Youth Cup game but I think I was a little bit too young for him to remember me.

"We've got nothing to lose. We'll go out and give our 100% and if we can get the three points we'll be looking up at those top six places, for sure."


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