Amad ready for reunion with Sky Blues striker

Wednesday 17 April 2024 15:59

Amad is excited by the prospect of taking on Coventry City at Wembley in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.

The young winger came off the bench to score a heroic winner in the dying seconds of the dramatic 4-3 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford in the previous round.

Although he was then shown a second yellow card for removing his shirt in celebration, the Ivory Coast international's suspension has been served in the Premier League, for the away game at Brentford, so he is eligible for the weekend.

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Amad was introduced at half-time of the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth last time out, his first minutes since that memorable moment against the Merseysiders.

He will now hope to feature again, at the national stadium, particularly after going close to reaching the iconic venue when narrowly losing last season's Championship play-off semi-final with Luton Town.

While on loan at Sunderland, one of his team-mates was Sky Blues striker Ellis Simms, who produced an outstanding two-goal display as Mark Robins's men saw off Wolves in their quarter-final thriller last month.

Amad is looking forward to bumping into Simms again and insists he is ready to play a key role again, if called upon by manager Erik ten Hag, on the big occasion.

"We are excited to play that game against Coventry," he told club media. "I will meet Ellis Simms, who was my team-mate, the striker. I think my team-mates are ready for that game. We hope to win it and go to the final.

"It was an unbelievable day for me after that goal [in the quarter-final]. I scored the last-minute goal, against a big team like Liverpool, so I was happy. It gives me a lot of confidence after that goal. I trained every day in training to be ready for every game so I was ready for that game. If I play, or I don't play, every time, I am ready on the bench. I was excited and that goal gave me so much confidence."

Amad celebrates a Sunderland goal with Ellis Simms, now of Coventry.

The winger played against Coventry last term, while with the Black Cats, and scored in the away fixture in the Championship.

"I remember we lost that game 2-1 but I scored a last-minute goal," he recalled. "They are a young team, Coventry and a very exciting team. I don't know which team they've had this season but I remember, last season, they had a very young team and the striker Viktor Gyokeres, who went to Sporting. They're a very strong team, who play football and attack and just attack.

"But we know there are not many games left so now, the most important thing is, as a team, every player needs to fight and we need to win every game. So that is the most important thing now, we hope to maybe win the FA Cup. That is the most important thing right now."