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'Highlight of my career' - Baker

21 January 2014

The City captain is hoping to see the side give a better account of themselves in the FA Cup on Friday...

Coventry City captain Carl Baker has revealed leading the team out at the Emirates was 'one of the highlights of my career' ahead of returning to Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Sky Blues midfielder led the team out last season at the Emirates in place of the injured Kevin Kilbane, and he is thrilled to get the chance again.

He said: “Last time was one of the highlights of my career, for my children to go to the Emirates and see me leading the team out in front of that amount of fans was amazing so to get the chance to do that again is unbelievable.”

The players and fans alike are hoping that it will be a better trip to North London than last time, after being on the end of a heavy defeat in the previous game against Arsenal.

He continued: “I am just hoping we get a better result and give a better account of ourselves this time. Obviously the result was difficult to take and you don’t enjoy it as much when you lose like that, but I’m sure it will be a little bit different this time.

“Last time we were all in awe of the stadium and the players we were playing against, but this time we’d of experienced all that, so we can get down there and get down to business.”

Whilst many fans were glued to the draw, the skipper was playing a rather different sport:  “I didn't watch the draw live I was playing mini golf with my family and I had about 5 or 6 text messages come through all at the same time. When I saw they said Arsenal I was obviously delighted with it. No-one’s going to complain about going to the Emirates are they?”

Despite the game being moved to Friday for television coverage, Baker says there is no change to the team’s preparation: ”Playing on a Friday isn't really any different, you prepare the same for each time. I eat the same meal three hours before the match and stuff like that so it won’t be any different for us as players.

“I understand its not ideal for the fans as a lot of them will be work on a Friday and some of them are not able to make it to the game, but I know what our away fans are like so I’m sure they’ll be a good following and be right behind us.”

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