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'They are only human. We can win'

4 January 2013

Captain Carl Baker has told his teammates to believe in themselves....

Coventry City captain Carl Baker doesn't want the Sky Blues to make up the numbers at White Hart Lane ahead of the FA Cup third round clash.

City travel to North London to face the Andre Villas-Boas' side in a repeat of the famous 1987 FA Cup final where Coventry triumphed in a 3-2 win at Wembley.

Mark Robins' side will be backed by 5,021 City faithful who are travelling down hoping to see one of the major upsets of the third round.

Baker believes Coventry can pose Tottenham problems and has urged his teammates to keep their discipline and shape for the entire 90 minutes.

The 29-year old said: "We won't be there to just make up the numbers as we need to represent this club in the right way and in every game we play. 

"The side are playing some really good football at the moment and even though we lost last time out, this club hasn't seen this sort of form for a very long time.

"We have worked hard in training on our shape and discipline. We know we need to be strict in our positions because if we try and go 'gun-ho' from the opening minute, we will probably get punished.

"Anything can happen in football and I know they will be strong favourites but it is 11 v 11 and they are only human so we have to make sure we perform to our best if they don't.

"We have been scoring freely away from home so there isn't a reason why they shouldn't watch out for us. We will pose them problems and make sure our fans will be proud of us at the end of the day."

If Coventry manage to win against Tottenham, it will be their seventh consecutive away win which would stretch the club record even further.

Coventry have already played Tottenham's arch rivals Arsenal this season in the Capital One Cup, losing 6-1, but Baker believes the team has changed a lot since then.

He added: "I think there has been a few personnel changes but the major difference is the confidence throughout the side.

"We made a really poor start to the season and nothing was going our way but I think the match at Arsenal saw a change.

"We played really well for the majority of that game but they were just stronger than us at the end. Since then, we have won a lot of games and the players are fitter and stronger.

"We start every game believing we can win, and this weekend will be no different." 

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