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Soady reflects on points shared

Barney Soady helped his side to a share of the points as City fought back to secure a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest in the Professional Development League.

Soady played the full 90 minutes as he looks to regain complete match sharpness after a couple of seasons impacted by injury.

The defender was pleased with the fight back shown after Forest took a third minute lead. Saikou Janneh eventually headed City level before a second-half of few chances, albeit Harvey Wiles-Richards pulled off a vital penalty save to ensure the point.

Soady said: “They (Forest) aren’t a bad side and we both had opportunities to win it so it’s a good point. As the game went on it became more stretched and either team could have nicked a winner. I think we had the better chances, but with the penalty save as well we’ll take the point.

“We worked really hard but there were still things we can improve on. Personally, I’ve only played a couple of full 90s since I’ve been back from injury and I got done a bit down my side but you can’t fault the work rate of everyone.

“We’ve struggled at times after going behind. Last week we were 3-0 down and we had to show a good reaction in the second half but there was too much to do that day. We got together quite well today and we had been the better team in the first ten minutes, then we settled down. But it was a good day and a good reaction from the boys.”

The defender is one of the latest Academy stars to receive a contract extension and he is grateful to Academy Manager Gary Probert and his staff for giving him another year to develop himself as a young Robin.

“I’m buzzing with that,” said Soady, who has been with the club 10 years – since the age of nine. “I’ve struggled with injuries in the last 18 months or so, so for the staff to trust me and see how much I can go over the next 12 months is really positive. I love it here, it’s where I want to be. I love the club, the players and I don’t want to be anywhere else.”

And he has ambition over the coming year as he sets out to continue his development.

“I need a run of 20-30 games injury free,” he added. “After struggling with injury it’s something I need to prove to myself I can play game after game. Maybe a league loan if I have a good pre-season, or maybe I can train with the first team.

“More than anything I just want to be back playing good football again and being back where I was a couple of years ago. I want the experience; I want to be playing football regularly and see how far that can take me."

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