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Consistency flowing for Massengo

Han-Noah Massengo believes he is performing at his most consistent level with City, as the 2020/21 campaign draws to a close.

The midfielder has been a more regular first-team character in the second half of the season having made 20 appearances since January, compared to his eight before the turn of the calendar year.

It was a tough spell for the young Frenchman but he can look back on some eye catching displays since returning to the fold. He’s featured in each of the six games since the 3-0 win at Birmingham City, with impressive overall match ratings in that win (7.19) and the goalless draw with Nottingham Forest (7.38), according to Opta.

In particular, he’s won nine headers in that time – three against Coventry City alone – compared to four earlier in the campaign.

Massengo says it was confidence in his own ability, which helped him bounce back and stay mentally strong to get his chance again.

 

“It was difficult because I always want to play,” he told Robins TV. “The gaffer, Dean (Holden), was always talking to me at the time but that was difficult, but I was just training and working hard, my time would come so I remained confident.

“That wasn’t the first time, it happened at Monaco as well so I was prepared. That’s football - it is what it is.”

Asked how he felt his own performances have been of late, with 55 City games to his name, he replied: “I don’t know but maybe it’s the most consistent I’ve been. Before it was more the case I would go out and see what would happen on the pitch, now it’s the most consistent I have been.

“I have played now around 50 games so I feel I have more experience now. It’s about playing game after game, continuing the rhythm of games, getting used to playing every three days.”

If consistency has been key to this point, Massengo will be hoping to impress Manager Nigel Pearson once more when the Robins travel to take on Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday night (April 21st, 7pm KO).

Massengo said: “We just want to win now because we haven’t won since Birmingham. I think a win could feel good.”

The Robins are chasing a win after back-to-back draws in the Sky Bet Championship: the goalless draw at home to Forest and the weekend’s 1-1 score at Sheffield Wednesday.

“We go there to try to win,” added Massengo. “We know it’s a difficult one even though they are fighting to avoid relegation. We know all those kinds of game are difficult, so we have to give everything.”

Wycombe versus City at Adams Park kicks off at 7pm, with the Robins TV matchday show streaming beginning at 6.30pm.

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