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DANIEL JINADU POST-COVENTRY CITY

2 March 2022

U23S goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu has expressed his delight after keeping a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with Coventry City.

The stalemate was far from dull and Jinadu, just like his opposite number in the Sky Blues goal, saw plenty of action.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” he said.

“It’s always good to get a clean sheet, especially after making a good save in the first half and everything. 

“I think that whenever you get a clean sheet, it puts you in good stead to go on and win it, which I think we should’ve done.”

Although the 19-year-old was forced to make a series of impressive saves, there was a lengthy spell in the first half when the Reds were on top, and the bulk of the action was taking place in Coventry’s territory.

“That’s when it’s so important for goalkeepers,” explained Jinadu.

“The big thing is keeping your concentration, being on the front foot through stuff like communicating, being in line with the backline and having a high starting position. 

“All those things help me stay concentrated during the spells.”

The Sky Blues named a strong side, featuring players who have appeared at first-team level in the Championship.

Jinadu valued the opportunity to take on the Professional Development League North pacesetters and their experience.

“It’s a great test, it’s always good to face senior players,” he asserted.

“Especially as a goalkeeper, you want the chance to save shots and make big saves to show what you’ve got.  

“The boys really left it all out there and gave them a real challenge. After that 15-minute spell that they had, I feel like we were the better team and had the better chances.

“After we got our pressing right and sorted out our team shape, it calmed down and we settled it.”


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