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INTERVIEW: Josh Eccles looking to kick on this weekend as City head to Millwall

24 November 2023


INTERVIEW: Josh Eccles looking to kick on this weekend as City head to Millwall

24 November 2023

Josh Eccles is hoping City can use this weekend as a platform to build on, as he targets three points on the road against Millwall.

The Sky Blues return to action following the international break, having drawn with Stoke City 0-0 last time out in the Championship.

Eccles and his teammates have been training over the break in preparation for the clash at The Den, as they look to turn around recent results.

The midfielder is hoping that hard work will pay off this weekend, come full-time against Millwall.

The international break…

“It's been enjoyable. We’ve had a few training sessions in the international break just to keep our legs ticking and you can see the boys are given 110% and hopefully the hard work pays off in the games.”


Team building this week with Go Karting…

“I don’t want to big myself up too much, but I did actually come first.

“Some people blame the cars, but it's not the car it’s the driver. Matty Godden was my closest competition in the race.”


Important to keep a clean sheet last time out against Stoke…

“Obviously. For me personally, I like to get in involved with the assists and the goals, but it's more important to keep clean sheets.

“Everyone plays their part and in keeping a clean sheet. So, it's just as important for me as it is for the centre backs and the goalkeeper.”


Being taken out of the team against Preston North End…

“It's something that Gaffers got to do. He's got to make changes to try and get the three points and it kind of stirred me up a little bit to try and prove a point and that's what I want to do.

“I want to prove people wrong at the end of the day. So, when I do miss out and I get an opportunity, I want to try and put things right.

“There's so much more to improve on and that's everyone really. But we’re taking it step by step and just keep improving my games and more performances and hopefully the results come along with it.”


What the team can change to turn results around…

“I just think taking our chances a bit more. Obviously, it's important to keep clean sheets and if we can keep a clean sheet, it will take the pressure off our strikers for sure.

“We just need to keep heads down, keep working hard and we've been in games where we've lost or drew, and we've come out thinking we should have taken all three points but that's us football and I'm sure they will turn into wins soon.”


Not looking at the league table yet…

“It's too early in the season to look at the league position. Look at the start of the season and all the games we drew, and we should have been winning and if we did win them games, we'll be having a different conversation right now.

“We’ve just got to keep doing what we're doing and keep improving the performances and the results. I'm sure we'll have a good season.”


Set-piece delivery…

“I can't blame the people in the box too much. I'd have to admit my corners haven't been the greatest at times which is disappointing for myself personally because I've took them my whole career through the academy.

“I need to be more consistent with them for sure. I do practice every day in training on where to put certain things with Dennis. So, I know they need to be better, but I can't blame the people in the box for sure enough.”


Facing Millwall this weekend…

“We want to go there and get the three points as its massive this weekend. This could be the start of a new part of season.

“I'm pretty sure that we're fresh now having a couple of days off and I'm seeing in training that they're working hard and like I said hopefully the hard work pays off and we get more points.”

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