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INTERVIEW: Luke McNally on his debut, clean sheet and three points

The defender made his City debut...

28 January 2023

Luke McNally made his City debut in victory over Huddersfield Town and he was delighted to get off to a winning start.

McNally was handed a first start for the club, having joined City from Burnley on Thursday earlier this week.

The loanee produced a solid performance and kept a clean sheet, to preserve the points for the Sky Blues.

On the win v Huddersfield and completing 90 minutes…

“We had to dig in there. I am just really happy to come in and start off with a win and a clean sheet. You cannot really get much better than that.

“I am buzzing for the lads as well because they had not won in a while so I am really delighted for them.

“I feel fine, it was tough. I was looking at the clock towards the end but we started well and everyone deserves a lot of credit, including the substitutes.”

On playing in a back three…

“I have not played in a back three for a while and not much at all in my career, maybe a few games for Oxford. But I felt comfortable, I thought Callum (Doyle) and (Jonathan) Panzo were great besides me.

“Nice and aggressive, we love having a nibble whenever the opposition come close to try and get the ball. I thought we worked well and limited them to only a couple headers.”

On his chance and his ability to get forward…

“I made good contact, probably too good! It was a good delivery and I blazed it over. Hopefully there will be more chances coming so I can get one.

“I love getting forward in the box, especially corners. That is just part of my game. Obviously, I love getting clean sheets but for me scoring is still special. Hopefully I can get a few.”

On Hamer’s brilliance and the squad…

“I have seen what he can do in training. He always tries to shoot from any chance he gets so I was not really that surprised (at his goal). Obviously, I have watched Coventry versus Burnley home and away so I know the players’ names and individuals.

“They have all been brilliant allowing me to settle in. I have not been involved much at Burnley, but when I have watched their games there is a lot of domination, possession and chances. But when Coventry played us, it was not as easy as that. The lads at Burnley said its always a tough game versus Coventry and they are a good team.

“There is a lot of respect no doubt for Coventry in this league.”

On Viktor Gyokeres…

“He is unbelievable. I have seen his goals and stuff but it is different when you are on the pitch with him. He turns quickly and all of a sudden, he is gone.

“The world is his oyster to be honest, I have not seen anyone like him since I joined the squad.

“I want to come up against him in training but definitely not on a matchday!”

On his loan spell for Coventry…

“I want to help the team as much as I can and get as many minutes as I can. That was my first start in the Championship because I played in League One last season. I am just hoping to build up as much experience as possible.

“It is a great squad here and that’s why I came. I am not just here to sit around, I want to push on.”

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