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INTERVIEW: Matty Godden looks back at West Brom and talks fitness

The striker got more minutes under his belt...

3 February 2023


INTERVIEW: Matty Godden looks back at West Brom and talks fitness

The striker got more minutes under his belt...

3 February 2023

Sky Blues striker Matty Godden gave his thoughts after a disappointing night at The Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion.

City fell behind midway through the first half, after a long throw caused problems in the box and it was tapped in by Grady Diangana, which proved to be crucial goal.

The Sky Blues fought hard in the second half to try and get a leveller, but ultimately they fell short in their pursuit.

Looking back after the final whistle, Godden reflected on the night’s events, as well as giving an update on his own fitness..


Thoughts on the result…

“It was a disappointing night. We didn’t start the game well and it killed us, and we didn’t get going which isn’t like us, we normally start quite quick.

“We were on the back-foot and credit to them for doing that. It was disappointing to concede the way we did, we’re normally so good at set-pieces and we pay a lot of attention to it, so disappointing with the goal.

“Second half we tried to give it a good go when I came on and we put them under pressure and had a couple of chances to try and nick a draw, but we couldn’t do it and it was a disappointing night.”


The goal…

“It comes from a long throw and it’s just sloppy from our part.

“We should be defending that, and we pride ourselves on that and we’re only behind Norwich in the league for defending them so it’s disappointing, we should do better.”


Pushing for a leveller

“I think that’s what we’re about, we have a mentality that we won’t go down without a fight and you saw that with all the last minute goals last season we never give up and we were in right till the end.

“I said to the boys when I came on let’s go after them because that’s not my game to sit off, I like to press and that’s our game.

“We’ve been doing that’s since I’ve been here squeezing teams and getting  the ball back and if you press them and put them under pressure then a lot of teams will find it difficult, but we didn’t do it first half, we did it second half but it just wasn’t good enough.”


How he is feeling fitness wise…

“I’m feeling alright. It’s been a long three months with a five week break in between.

“It’s been weird. I’ve missed some football, not as much as I would’ve due to the World Cup break and from a selfish point of view it made me not miss much football and I’m back now, ready and it’s about building my match sharpness back up and getting minutes

“I don’t get normal injuries. I’ve never been injured since I’ve been here and the luck I’ve had since I’ve been here has been horrendous.

“I had my appendix last year and then this year I’ve just tried to block a ball and it’s sent my ankle to another place, and it’s needed surgery to fix and there was nothing I could do about it, I just needed to be strong and bounce back.”


Climbing the league

“The league is tight this year and we all know that we just need to believe and believe we’re good enough to do it.

“We know when we put teams under pressure, we can hurt anyone and that’s the message to the boys in the dressing room. If we put a run together in the remaining games, then who knows.”

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