15th Nov, 2018

INTERVIEW: Willis reflects on learning curve since joining Coventry City ahead of 150th appearance

FOOTBALL: DEFENDER Jordan Willis will celebrate his 150th appearance in a Sky Blues shirt if he lines up against Cheltenham Town tomorrow, and the 23-year-old reflected on his time at Coventry City with fond memories.

Willis, who made his debut for Coventry against Southampton in 2011, recalled last season’s Checkatrade Trophy Final win at Wembley against Oxford as his best Sky Blues memory.

But he also touched upon how much he’s learnt since joining the club six years ago.

He said: “The Checkatrade Trophy is definitely my highlight.

“But before that I still remember my debut against Southampton. That was an amazing night.

“I’ve learnt a lot since joining the first team at 18. When I started I thought I knew it all – not in a cocky way – but I look back now and realise how much I’ve learnt.

“Simple things like how to read the game and ways to win a header. It’s good to look back like that.

“It’s a great achievement for me. I’ll be very happy to reach 150 appearances.”

Though City’s regular training routine was disrupted in the week due to the snow, the club did manage to get outside on the main training pitch on Thursday – largely thanks to the tireless efforts of ground-staff.

And Robins has used time on the pitch wisely to try and illiminate errors from last week’s performance.

Willis said: “The mood after last week was down. Everyone knows we can perform much better, and that’s what got to everyone.

“For some reason it didn’t go to plan. But we can’t dwell on it. We have to bounce back.

“Most of us didn’t perform to our level, when that happens you’re not going to win a football match.

“Teams that play against us raise their game. Teams see Coventry City and want to play their best, that’s something we have to deal with.

“Cheltenham are a really big team. They have a couple of 6’4” players.

“But it’s another game we must win. Christmas is an ideal time to pick up points.”

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