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INTERVIEW: Jake Bidwell talks Bristol City draw and first goal for Sky Blues

The defender scored his first goal in the draw...

1 January 2023

Sky Blues defender Jake Bidwell scored his first goal for the club, in today’s 1-1 draw with Bristol City at the CBS Arena.

Bidwell opened the scoring with a header after 12 minutes, but Antoine Semenyo cancelled out the defender’s effort just over ten minutes later.

The draw is a second on the bounce for the Sky Blues, as they were left to settle with a point in a game, they created the better chances.

Looking back on the game after the final whistle, Bidwell was happy to get his first goal, but was frustrated it wasn’t on the back of three points…


Reflecting on the draw with Bristol City…

“We started well for the first 20 minutes, and just before half-time we had a good spell.

“But we couldn’t see out their best period and if we could have seen off the 15 minutes after we scored, we could have gone in at the break ahead and look to have put things straight.

“We probably edged it. We didn’t dominate it, but we were the more likely winner, we just couldn’t quite get the win but it’s a point and we move on.”


His first goal for City…

“I always try and get myself in the advanced positions as a wing-back.

“I spoke about this earlier in the season, it is up to us wing-backs to chip in with goals when we can, because we can’t always rely on Vik (Gyokeres), Waggy (Waghorn) and Godden when he is fit.

“My first goal has been a bit longer than I would have liked, but hopefully there will be a few more before the end of the season.

“Hopefully my next one will not be in 12 months, like my first!”


Getting more match minutes…

“We are a small squad, so we are going to need everyone. That has been shown the last few weeks, nearly everyone is getting minutes.

“We’re a tight group and the Gaffer has said from the start, everyone will be needed at some point and to be fair, everyone has been ready when they have been called upon.”


Games after the World Cup break…

“Nobody has ever experienced a break like this during the middle of a season, but I think since we’ve come back, performances have been decent.

“If we keep the standards of our performances high, or close to those shown before the break, then a decent run will not be too far away.”


On Wrexham next in the FA Cup…

“It is a special competition. I love playing in the FA Cup. They are a team that are going well at the minute so they will give us a good test.

“But we are the Championship side, so it is up to us to go and show that. If we apply ourselves properly and perform properly, which we will, then I am confident we can have a good performance and a good win.

“There is obviously some hype around them at the moment, but it is up to us to prove why we are the Championship side. Ultimately, they have ambitions as a club to get to where we are.”

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