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'We want to banish Morecambe memory'

29 November 2012

Mark Robins wants cup progression over League Two Morecambe...

Coventry City manager Mark Robins believes getting through to the third round of the FA Cup would present a ‘huge opportunity’ for the club.

However, League Two side Morecambe travel to the Ricoh Arena and they will provide a stern test in the second round of the world’s oldest cup competition.

Kevin Ellison scored a hat-trick for the Shrimps against AFC Wimbledon last weekend and Robins is wary of the threat the Lancashire side possesses.

The City boss said: “There are a couple of players there who I signed for Rotherham like Kevin Ellison and Nick Fenton so I know them particularly well.

“They have been good players at that level and even higher as well. They have really solid foundations in the side and they are comfortable on the ball.

“They will be a difficult team to beat and we have to be at our best to beat them. The club lost against them a couple of years ago and I am sure the fans don’t want that to happen again.

“It is important we try and win every game, regardless of the competition. If we perform to the standards the club requires, we have a great chance of progressing.

“It would be a great opportunity for us to get into the third round and we have done well in cup competitions this season so it would be good to keep that up.”

David McGoldrick will not be eligible for the match as his parent club, Nottingham Forest, don’t want him cup-tied in the FA Cup.

With the loanee striker unavailable, Robins believes it gives someone else a good chance to show what they can do.

He added: “We are where we are with that as we can’t get permission for him to play in the cup. That’s the risk you run when you have a player on loan. 

“We have to accept that and get on with things. We have got players in there that have been working hard, vying for a first team spot. 

“I have got a decision to make with that and it presents a great opportunity for someone to come up into the side and show me what they can do.” 

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