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'Cup isn't a distraction' - Fleck

5 December 2013

City midfielder John Fleck wants to see the side progress to the third round of the FA Cup...

Coventry City midfielder John Fleck believes the side can adjust to a new system ahead of the FA Cup second round match against Hartlepool United.

The Scottish midfielder has enjoyed a brilliant season so far, having already made 21 appearances this season, starting all of them.

City might have to adopt a new system in their FA Cup second round clash at Victoria Park with no recognised strikers available for selection.

Loan pair Chris Dagnall and Chris Maguire are ineligible whilst Callum Wilson is suspended and Leon Clarke is out injured. 

Even though he admits it will be a challenge, Fleck knows the side can adjust to get the club through to the third round of the world's oldest Cup competition.

Fleck said: "It is a blow to us obviously because we have been playing pretty much the same system throughout the season and it has worked really well for us.

"Playing without a recognised striker is something we won't be used to but I'm sure we will be able to adjust.

"We still have a lot of ability in the squad and plenty of goal-scorers so it shouldn't be a problem. We have been working on a few things in training and it has been going well so I'm sure we can get the win we need."

City recorded a 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow in the first round, the only game of the season Fleck has missed so far.

Having been suspended for the win over the Dons, Fleck is looking forward to his first involvement in the FA Cup this season.

He added: "There are no distractions really, just the next game and you want to do well in every competition you're involved in.

"I'm sure we will be fired up for the game just like we are in a league match. To get through to the third round would be a major boost to the side as I'm sure everyone would like to test themselves against the best.

"It is going to be difficult but that is the situation so we will just have to go with what we've got and get on with it."

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