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'We got sucked into a battle' - Baker

7 December 2013

City skipper says Sky Blues will look forward to welcoming Hartlepool at Sixfields in the replay

Coventry City skipper Carl Baker says he is looking forward to getting Hartlepool United back to Sixfields after an entertaining FA Cup second round stalemate at Victoria Park.

Baker netted a superb acrobatic opener after 11 minutes but Andy Monkhouse netted a leveller for the home side with 12 minutes to go to make it 1-1 and secure a replay at Sixfields in ten days time.

Speaking after netting his fifth goal of the season, Baker said: "My goal feels a long time ago now to be honest. I had a good chance just before it but thankfully Franck Moussa put a great delivery.

"I didn't know I still had that kind of agility in me so I was thankful to see it go in.

"To be fair I thought the first 20 minutes was some of the best football we've played this season. We felt confident, comfortable and it was almost as if we had extra men but we got sucked into a battle.

"We should've stuck to our game plan but credit to Hartlepool, they got in our faces and they made it really difficult for us.

"It was always going to be tough with no strikers but I don't think it's the worst result, it's just that we're disappointed having held on for so long.

"But we're still in the draw which is the main thing and now we can get them back to Sixfields and hopefully get a result there."

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