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"If both teams play to their potential, we should win. But we cannot afford to be complacent." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

7 November 2014

The Sky Blues boss also believes that the travelling Worcester City fans will add to the atmosphere of the FA Cup occasion...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has warned his players against complacency ahead of the FA Cup first round clash with Conference North side Worcester City on Sunday.

Despite being 63 places below the Sky Blues, the City boss is wary of a cup upset and wants his side to go further than they did last season when they succumbed to eventual winners Arsenal in the fourth round.

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“The FA Cup is a competition we really want to do well in,” Pressley said.

“For the club, it’s a really exciting competition with great memories - we have a good history in the FA Cup and what the 1987 season did the club and the city was incredible.

“I’ve been Coventry City manager for this competition on one occasion which was last season. We want to go further than last season and in order to do that, we have to get through a tricky tie against Worcester.

“If both teams play to their potential we should win the game, but the FA Cup doesn’t work like that. We cannot afford to be complacent; if we underestimate them we could be in for a long afternoon. But, the players know the task at hand and we’re looking forward to the game.”

Worcester are expected to bring a big following with them to the Ricoh Arena and the non-league outfit have confirmed that at least 2,000 supporters will make the trip to Coventry.

Pressley believes that their travelling support will add to the atmosphere of the occasion but says his side have prepared well enough to make sure they aren’t celebrating an upset.

The City boss added: “Of course with Worcester bringing a lot of supporters it will make it a great spectacle, but as I’ve said before, the players will understand how to deal with the added pressure of being the team expected to win.
 
“Their number of fans does make it an interesting encounter and will make it a really good atmosphere, which is what the FA Cup is all about.

“They’re eight games unbeaten and their manager is in contention for manager of the month so they’re in a good spell right now.  

“As you’ve seen when Chelsea played Shrewsbury that if you’re not fully at it, there can be an upset. But we’re a very professional team, I don’t need to tell the players that if they perform they should win the game.”

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