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'We always want to win' - Pressley

3 January 2014

City boss Steven Pressley believes the FA Cup is very important to the club ahead of the trip to Barnsley tomorrow...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has urged his players to revel in the underdog role ahead of the trip to Barnsley tomorrow.

The Sky Blues meet the Championship side at Oakwell in the third round of the FA Cup, having progressed past AFC Wimbledon and Hartlepool United in the previous rounds.

City have only lost twice in the last 15 meetings with Barnsley and have enjoyed a successful festive period, recording a 3-1 win over Rotherham United on New Year's Day.

Barnsley are currently bottom of the Championship having won just three matches this season and Pressley wants to see his side believe they can get a result.

The City boss said: "I expect to have a very difficult afternoon. They have a relatively new manager and I'm sure their players are still looking to prove their worth to the manager.

"We're under no illusions as it will be a really difficult game as they have just got a good point away from home at Birmingham. 

"But, on the positive side, we can go into the game under no pressure as they are the Championship side and they have to come out at us.

"There isn't a great deal of expectation as we have a number of injuries so our players can go and enjoy the occasion."

Over 2000 tickets have already been brought for the match tomorrow and more tickets will be available on the gate.

Pressley believes City's traveling support will have a huge part to play and says the FA Cup is very important to the club.

He added: "We have already sold over 2000 tickets for the game so we will be well backed by our support.

"They were brilliant at Rotherham and helped us get the result. They will have to be behind like that again at Barnsley as they will be crucial in getting a result.

"The FA Cup is very important to us. The next game is always important to us. We want to win every game this club plays in. 

"The Cup matches are no different and beating teams from the higher divisions is always a huge boost to the side."


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