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'The FA Cup is the best competition'

2 November 2012

Mark Robins is wary of the Arlesey threat ahead of the first round....

Coventry City manager Mark Robins has branded the FA Cup as the 'best competition' as Coventry prepare for their first round clash against Arlesey.

City will face the Evo-stik Southern Premier Division side on Saturday looking to progress to the second round. 

The Sky Blues go into the game full of confidence after an impressive 1-0 win at Leyton Orient and Robins believes it will be a good chance for the side to build that winning mentality.

The City boss said: "The FA Cup is always a special time of year for this club and for me, as it was the first trophy I won as a player with Manchester United.

"Everybody has a chance in this competition and that is the magic of it. You always have to respect the opposition because they have got into the hat for the round and they have done really well to do that.

"It is always interesting because we are pitting our wits against a side we don't know to well and a side who will be really up for it.

"It is the best cup competition without a doubt and we will definitely be looking to progress. Everyone is expecting that of us and to have a cup run has real advantages in getting the support behind the side.

"We are taking the game very seriously and no-one will be slacking off against Arlesey as the players need to build that winning mentality."

Robins went to watch Arlesey Town this week in the FA Trophy as the Bedfordshire side lost 3-2 against Cray Wanderers.

Despite Arlesey being four levels below Coventry in the English football pyramid, Robins is wary of the threat the non-league side will bring to the Ricoh Arena.

He added: "If we go into it with the wrong mindset, we will put ourselves at risk. We need to make everything is right for the match and that we treat this as seriously as any other match.

"It will be their cup final and they will be really up for it. We have a great opportunity to progress in front of our home fans as well so it would be great to get a good performance as well.

"We have to make sure it isn't the banana skin of the round and make sure we progress to the latter stages of the competition."

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