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INTERVIEW: Luke McNally on Play-Off semi-final win and looking ahead to Wembley...

Another clean sheet guides Sky Blues to Wembley...

17 May 2023

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INTERVIEW: Luke McNally on Play-Off semi-final win and looking ahead to Wembley...

Another clean sheet guides Sky Blues to Wembley...

17 May 2023

Luke McNally shared his delight as the Sky Blues defeated Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium to secure their place in the SkyBet Championship Play-Off Final.

The defender joined on loan from Burnley in the January transfer window and has been a pivotal part of the Sky Blues' stellar defensive record.

City registered another clean sheet against Boro, with Gustavo Hamer's goal down the other end enough to book their place in the final.

Talking after the game, McNally spoke:

 

On reaching the Play-Off Final…

“You want to be involved in the big games and the big moments and thankfully I have been since I joined in January.

“Big game to go, there’s no point in celebrating too much now, we’re obviously buzzing, Luton probably are too, but we have to go there an put in a really big performance."

 

On the mood going into the Boro clash…

“We weren’t losing that game, we never felt like we were.

“I had a feeling today we were going to win, sometimes you get those feelings in football.

“I think everyone else did, people wrote us off but we went and played our own game, we’re so happy.

“I probably don’t smile enough when I’m on the pitch playing but I can’t stop now.

“The lads deserve it, they work so hard, and there’s so much talent, I couldn’t be happier for everyone."

 

On the danger of Boro…

“You’re in a play-off game and there’s a lot riding on it

“They recycle the ball really well, they don’t really take risks, they keep it moving, so naturally you have to retreat, so that’s the way the game fell in our favour because we hit them on the break.

“We had a gameplay all week and we knew from the last game how well we played and we had what we needed.

“The plan worked and it was on who got the first goal really.

“I thought at that point the game might open up but it didn’t come until 60 minutes when Gus scored.

“I don’t remember the sequences perfectly but it was a good goal.

“He’s up there with one of our best finishers, as well as the rest of his play.

“So pleased that went in, but then we showed a calmness where it might get away from other teams."

 

On the balance of the squad…

“The characters we have in our dressing room are really good, I wouldn’t swap any of them.

“When we were walking out, we were going out to get a result, we had so much confidence going out to really dig in and get a result, that’s what we’re based on.

“Bundles of talent in this squad, we have match winners, Gus is one of them and he was today.

“All of the lands have something to say and something to offer to the team, [Liam] Kelly and [Kyle] McFadzean and Vik [Gyökeres] and Gus are our match winners.

“We’ve got such a good team and it surprised me when I joined at the level in training as I had been training with Burnley all year and I had seen their level.

“There’s a lot of talent in that dressing room and I’m really glad people are starting to see it, it’s what we deserve.

“We’ve got the perfect jig-saw and we need to go to Wembley and do our best.

“It’s a one off game and we need to give our best."

 

On preparation for facing Luton in the final…

“You have to enjoy these moments.

“You definitely have more bad than good days but you have to enjoy the good ones.

“We have a couple of days to enjoy it but everyone will be wanting to go one more."


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