Coady issues rallying call for West Yorkshire derby
Conor Coady can’t wait to get back out on the pitch on Saturday for the West Yorkshire derby at home to Leeds United.
The likeable Liverpudlian scored the winning goal at Wigan Athletic on Saturday to extend Town’s run of form to 10 points from the last five games and described the victory at the DW Stadium as the perfect away performance:
“It was always going to be a battle at Wigan on Saturday as the pitch wasn’t the best. They are fighting for their lives and gave it their all, but at the same time we want to win every game we play.
“I thought our lads coped well with those conditions. We turned them around when we had to and tried to play a bit when we could, which led to us getting the goal at the end. It was a great away performance from us, which heralded a massive win.”
Coady was pushed slightly higher up the field due to Jonathan Hogg’s injury absence, with new loan signing David Edgar played a holding midfield role.
Conor continued: “We were missing ‘Hoggy’, who has been brilliant for us this season, but ‘Eddy’ came in and I thought he was fantastic from start to finish; he tackled, headed, broke up play and kept the ball.
“In general that allowed me to get a bit further forward, but we needed to be a bit tighter as a team. Hopefully we can carry that into Saturday’s game.”
In a typically tight Sky Bet Championship, Saturday’s win and the team’s recent form pushed the Club level on points with 12th placed Nottingham Forest – but Coady is keen to take it one step at a time:
“We’re taking every game as it comes, but we’ll go into Saturday with a lot of confidence. The Manager has been fantastic with all of the players, leaving us in no doubt over what we need to do.
“We want to go out and keep building on how we’ve been playing over the last few weeks. If we do that, you never know where it can take you.”
The next game happens to be a local derby against Leeds United; a match Conor is eagerly anticipating.
“It’s a massive derby on Saturday. We have bad memories of the first game against Leeds from earlier in the season and we want to put that right as a team, so we’ll go out looking to put in a good performance.
“We’re a better team that we were in September, without a doubt. I think fans will have been able to see the team get better and the confidence grow.”
According to the 21 year-old, the support of the Town faithful could play a major role this weekend. The gate is already set to exceed Town’s biggest gate of the season – just under 18,000 against Middlesbrough – with 20,000 a real possibility.
“The home crowd doesn’t half help you, which is why so many people talk about the ‘12th man’. When the crowd is behind you, it really drives you on.
“The home supporters were absolutely fantastic when we beat Watford a fortnight ago and they’ll play a massive part again on Saturday.”
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