Coventry City v Yeovil Town: Kwesi Appiah returns to Football League debut ground
Yeovil Town loanee Kwesi Appiah returns to the site of his Football League debut this weekend under no illusions to how his challenge has changed.
The Crystal Palace forward played the final five minutes of his parent club’s 1-1 draw at Coventry City’ in March 2012.
Almost 12 months later he will find himself back at the Ricoh Arena, fighting for pitch time with the Glovers as they look to beat one of their npower League One rivals to leap into the play-off spots.
Just a point will separate the two teams at 3pm on Saturday, with only goal difference keeping Yeovil out of the top six.
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Appiah said he was relishing the opportunity of first team football with Gary Johnson’s men and appreciated how producing his best form could boost their push.
“I have settled in well and quickly, the lads have been brilliant and helped with that and it has been good to get some game time,” he said.
“Obviously it helps me as a player to give my all and give what I can to the club. I have got to be at the top of my game to get in the team and that will help the team if I am at the top of my game.
“The fans have been brilliant, they gave me a good reception and the get behind the team as well which is good.
“Saturday should be a good game between two good sides ready to go at it and hopefully we will come out on top.
“It’s a special stadium because that is where I made my Football League debut for Crystal Palace. It will be good to go back.
“It was overwhelming to make my debut there. To make my debut at such a stadium was nice but now it is a different challenge and hopefully we can get the three points.
“It is going to be a very tough game with two teams on top form, fighting for the places in the play-offs, if not automatic promotion.”
Appiah has been restricted to a handful of substitute appearances and one start with Selhurst Park outfit, having caught the eye during a free-scoring spell at non-League Margate.
However, The Eagles are not his first professional club, having spent time working under Johnson during his tenure at Peterborough United.
Whereas Johnson’s spell at London Road was too brief to make a lasting impact on Appiah, the 22-year-old knows exactly what is expected of him.
“I want to just give my all to the team and whatever that brings I will be happy with,” he said. “The manager likes people that work hard and get stuck in and that is what I want to do and is what I am looking forward to doing for him and the team.
“The manager did have a little bit of a factor in my decision to join. It is a big opportunity, playing League football is a challenge and I am looking forward to overcoming that.”
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