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'Barnsley is an incentive' - Pressley

17 December 2013

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley wants to see the very best from his side tonight as they face Hartlepool United...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes a trip to Barnsley in the third round of the FA Cup is 'a great incentive' to progress past Hartlepool tonight. 

The Sky Blues welcome Hartlepool United to Sixfields for an FA Cup second round replay having secured a 1-1 draw at Victoria Park.

The winner of the tie faces the prospect of a trip to Oakwell to play Championship side Barnsley in the third round on Saturday, January 4th.


As Hartlepool United picked up a 2-2 draw at Cheltenham Town on the weekend, Pressley knows that they can get results away from home.

The City boss said: "If you look at their form, they seem to pick up more results at home. They had a positive result at Cheltenham on the weekend where they played five at the back at the start.

"When they reverted to their 4-4-1-1, they played in a much better manner so we expect them to play that system against us tonight.

"They went away from home to Sheffield United in the Cup and won, so again, we can not underestimate Hartlepool. 

"The intensity of the game will have to come from us and the players have a big responsibility to get up to the required standards needed to progress."

With a trip to Oakwell the prize for the winner, Pressley believes it is 'a great incentive' to progress into the third round of FA Cup.

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He added: "I know all the fans want a big draw so we can have a big day-out but this is a great incentive for the players to be at their best.

"Barnsley are a very good side in the Championship but it will be good to test ourselves against this sort of side and see where we are in terms of quality.

"We all know where we want this club to be so, if we progress tonight, we must play these sorts of teams with a belief that we can progress.

"Of course, our first thoughts are on the game tonight as we must fully concentrate on the task ahead."


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