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"If you relax, mistakes happen. I will be concentrating the whole time on Sunday." - Coventry City Goalkeeper Lee Burge

7 November 2014

Sky Blues keeper not resting on his laurels ahead of City facing Worcester City at the Ricoh Arena in the FA Cup first round…

Coventry City keeper Lee Burge insists that there will be no complacency from him or any of his team mates ahead of the Sky Blues' game against Worcester City at the Ricoh Arena in the FA Cup first round.

City face a side that sit three leagues below them in the English League pyramid and the Dragons almost pulled off a shock before losing 3-1 to City at Highfield Road in 1983.

The Hereford-born shot stopper has wary of the threat the Dragons will pose Sunday and hopes to ensure there will be no upsets after the first whistle.

"You have to concentrate," he said. "As a goalkeeper you have to be on your toes every minute, when you don't that's when mistakes happen. I will be concentrating every minute Sunday, as we don't want to embarrass ourselves.

"We're doing the same tactics in training as normal, and we are taking the game the same as if we were playing another League One club."

City reached the fourth round of the cup last season, going out to the eventual winners Arsenal. A solid defence was a main reason behind that cup run and Burge believes City have the strength in depth across the pitch to produce their best. 

He continued: "Obviously we have a few players who may not play, due to loans or injuries or whatever. But whoever is there will be good enough and will be ready.

"Obviously the captain (Reda Johnson) is a big influence, but we have capable players of filling his spot, whether it is an upcoming league game or, as is the case for Sunday, a game where we are favourites to win."

Despite being born and growing up in nearby Hereford, Burge played down claims of any personal 'rivalry' with the neighbouring town of Worcester.

"There really isn't a rivalry!" He laughed. "The two towns haven't really played each other much, so there's not really any bad feelings.

"We've got Shrewsbury and Gloucester near us. But there's no rivalry. I just want to play well and get us into the next round of the draw."

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