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'1987 kit evokes memories' - Robins

3 January 2013

City boss says 87 shirt evokes spirit of famous FA Cup win

Coventry City boss Mark Robins says he hopes his players donning the blue and white stripes of the 1987 FA Cup win will evoke the spirit of the club's memorable day at Wembley 25 years ago.

The Sky Blues travel to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, the same club they beat 3-2 at the Twin Towers in 1987 to pick up the club's most marked piece of silverware.

Robins noted that while both clubs had changed in the time that has passed since he hoped the wearing of the club's anniversary kit would help promote the same spirited performance that won City the cup all those years ago.

"That was a special day for our supporters and that kit evokes memories," he said.

"It's not every day that you play Tottenham Hotspur and it's a big game because the FA Cup is a big deal.

"We obviously want to stay in every competition for as long as we possible can because the aim is to win every competition you enter. You're realistic of course and we know we will be going into the game as massive underdogs.

"If we can go there and get something out of the game then fantastic but we just want to give a good account of ourselves against opposition containing some of the best players in Europe."

Robins made reference to the Sky Blues' 6-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season and added that he has seen a marked improvement in his side since that peroformance.

"That was my first game in charge and while we went there a suffered a heavy defeat we left there with a belief that we could pass the ball and it has served us well.

"When you play in games you are playing for your supporters and we've picked up some good wins and had some good performances since then. It's still early days for us because there's still 200-odd games of the season to go but Saturday will be a day our supporters will be looking forward to because they can see us play against players they see every week on the telly."

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