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INTERVIEW: Luke McNally on development, Kyle McFadzean and facing Stoke

City entertain Stoke this weekend...

31 March 2023

As City prepare to face Stoke City this weekend, Luke McNally believes victory this weekend would make a statement for the Sky Blues.

City are nine games unbeaten heading into the weekend, as they face a difficult task against Alex Neil's Stoke City.

Since his arrival at Coventry City, McNally has enjoyed a run in the side, which has seen City climb to 8th in the Championship.

Ahead of tomorrow's fixture, McNally told how he could have done without the international break...


Looking back at the international break…

“It was good. It gave us a chance to recover and come back fresh.

“It’s been a positive, but we were on a good run of results and personally I would have like to have kept going, but we will probably feel the benefits for it as the games run on and when we get to the end, we will feel it the most.

“I went back to Ireland and relaxed. It was nice to see my family and I think everyone is recharged now and we’re just looking forward to seeing out the season as best as we can.

“It’s not easy to switch off. Every footballer will say you think about it a lot. You try and stay fit for that week off, otherwise you come back in on the Monday and you have more problems.

“I like being home in my own house, it’s a relaxed setting and that helps me, but then once I get back on that plane or ferry, I know its back down to business.”


Run of form coinciding with his arrival at Coventry…

“I think if you watch us there’s a big man up top making a big difference.

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“I like to play and help, and I’ve really enjoyed playing with all the lads and I feel like we get on really well ever since day one really.

“Things have been good. I had no goals or ambitions when I came in, I just wanted to get as many minutes as I could and do as well as I can and that remains the same.”


Coming up against Stoke…

“It will be a really tough game. They’re one of those teams that you see are lower than us in the league, but I don’t think they’re position reflects how good they are, especially there last few results.

“We’re going to have to be at our best on Saturday if we are to get a result and if we do that I think it will be a statement.”


Experiencing the Sky Blue Army…

“It’s very special at the moment, I get a sense of positivity from the fans in the stadium.

“Last weekend at Blackpool was one of those special moments and they help us and make us play better.

“They seem really positive and encouraging and hopefully that continues, and we keep playing well for them.”


Developing as a player since his arrival…

“At Burnley I have the privilege of working with Vinny at Burnley and I learnt a hell of a lot there and then I’ve come here and worked with Adi and Dennis and they’ve helped me learn even more.

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“On the training ground you get tips and the drills are good for me, but a lot is to do with match practice and being out there and be able to put the work you do into action.”


Playing with Kyle McFadzean…

“I was speaking to someone the other day and I’ve probably learnt more from him than I have any coach.

“He’s everything you would want in a centre-half. He’s a soldier and leads from the front and you know whenever he’s leading us out, we’ve got a chance, because he’s a warrior.

“There’s no danger of being bullied by any team when he’s there, he’s a proper good man to have on your team and a really talented player.”

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