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No creature comforts at York City

8 October 2012

Robins expecting tough away-day against the Ministerman

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins has urged his players to progress in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy ahead of tomorrow's game against York City.

Coventry, who are now unbeaten in three, travel to Bootham Crescent on Tuesday looking to make the third round of the competition against the League Two side.

With the league form picking up ahead of the weekend's trip to Swindon, Robins stressed that the squad is fully focused on continuing their run in the cup competition.

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Robins said: "We want to progress in the competition. We have got a squad of 20 traveling up there who I expect to work hard in every game for the club.

"We enter a competition each season and you should always try and win it. That is the right mentality to have to go into any game throughout the season.

"I'm not one to think a game like this is a distraction because it will be a good test for us as York are full of confidence after a good start to the season and getting promoted last year.

"It is another opportunity for us to play in a game of significance and the way we are progressing at the moment, we should be looking to win every game.

"We are looking to build some impetus and that winning mentality. Game by game, we have improved and it is coming. Generally they are doing everything I am asking so I expect a good performance tomorrow night."

Coventry progressed to the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy thanks to a 10-9 penalty shoot-out win over Burton Albion after a goalless 90 minutes at the Ricoh Arena.

The side travel to Bootham Crescent, a ground which is notoriously difficult for away sides and Robins has reminded his players not to expect any 'creature comforts'.

He added: "We are going there and there are no real creature comforts there. It is an old style ground and we want to go and get a positive result.

"We are going to a place which can be best described as a traditional football ground. The dressing rooms aren't the biggest and they're a bit like concrete cells.

"But it is a good football club so we have to go there and know what to expect. I don't think many of our players have played there before so they should be aware of it.

"They like to play it around and at the end of the day, the pitch is flat and the grass is green so there won't be any excuses for not getting a positive result.”

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