Coady previews Saturday’s game at Cardiff
Conor Coady believes Town’s team spirit will go a long way towards getting a result at Cardiff City on Saturday.
The summer recruit from Liverpool came on in the season-opener against AFC Bournemouth before taking a starring role from the start in Tuesdays win over Chesterfield.
Conor admitted the start to the season and his Town career has been very eventful.
“It was a strange start, but things like this happen in football all the time. It is now up to us to stick together as a team. ‘Lills’ has come in and we got a massive result on Tuesday, so hopefully we can take that into Saturday. If we fight for each other, for the staff and for the Club, hopefully we can get some good results going forward,” Conor told htafc.com.
“It was fantastic to start at Chesterfield, although we were disappointed at half-time as we felt we’d played ok and should have scored from a couple of chances, but found ourselves behind.
“In the second-half we really pushed on and showed what we can do. We kept the ball very well and carried out the game-plan set by ‘Lills’, Steve Thompson and Steve Eyre. It was a good performance and great result.”
Conor and co. will now travel to Wales ahead of Saturday’s game against Cardiff City, who are newly relegated from the Premier League.
He continued: “It’s a massive game for us on Saturday at Cardiff. They are a very good side, but as I’ve said we’re going there to stick together and play for each other. We’re trying to do as well as we can to get this Club good results.
“We want to carry on playing the way we finished at Chesterfield, which was a very attractive style. As players we want to entertain the fans. We have a very athletic, young squad with a lot of pace and we can cause problems.”
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Also among the travelling squad will be Town’s latest recruit, Jacob Butterfield – and he’s already made an impact on Conor.
“Jacob joined training yesterday and looked very sharp. He’s a good lad and has a lot of experience in the Championship for a 24 year-old, so it’s a big signing for the Club. He will do very well for us, I’m sure.
“Of course it’s more competition for me, but when you play for a big Championship club that is always going to be the case. I knew that coming in and I knew more players would be joining. I’ll just try and work as hard as I can every day in training and try to impress.
“I just love playing football, whether that’s in an attacking midfield position or a more defensive role like I played on Tuesday night. I grew up playing in a few positions at Liverpool.”
Coady’s role-model at former club Liverpool was former England captain Steven Gerrard, but now he has another member of the Gerrard family to contend with at Town – Anthony!
“He’s a top man as well!” Coady laughed. “I knew quite a few of the lads coming in and he was one – I know ‘Gez’ and I can’t wait to get playing with him.
“At the minute I’m sharing a lift in with Tommy Smith, as he doesn’t live far from me – he’s another great lad. They’re a top drawer set of players and they’ve made me feel really welcome. They have mentioned that I’ll have to sing a song in Wales tonight though, so I might have to keep myself scarce!”
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