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"Our performance analysis team watched Worcester against Leamington. We will be prepared." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

5 November 2014

The City manager also revealed he has high hopes for this year's competitions having gone out to the eventual winners Arsenal last year...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has revealed his performance analyst team have done their homework on Worcester City ahead of the first-round FA Cup game at the weekend.

The Sky Blues face Worcester City in the first-round of the world's oldest cup competition, the FA Cup, at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday with kick-off at 2pm.

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City go into the game at the Ricoh Arena having claimed an impressive come-back victory in their last home game against Peterborough United, having come from 2-0 down at half-time to win 3-2.

The City squad have already began their preparations for the game against the Conference North side and Pressley revealed he has big hopes for the competition. 

Pressley said: "We look forward to every game and this is no different for us. We've got to be professional and make sure we get ourselves in the hat for the next round.

"We experienced a good run in the FA Cup last season which resulted in a trip to Arsenal where we lost but I thought we performed well on the night and tested them during the second-half.

"There was no shame to go out to the eventual winners of the competitions but we'd like to go further than the third round this time round, even get into the latter stages of the competition."

Worcester City played Leamington in their last match and fought back from 2-0 down to get a point in their Conference North match through goals from Mike Symons and Jordan Murphy.

Pressley has accepted the pressure will be on his team to win the game but has revealed City will be properly prepared for the game against the Dragons.

He added: "It is part of the job. There is always pressure when you manage a club like Coventry City and on Sunday, it'll be no different. 

"Our fans will be expecting us to win the game of course but these sorts of ties are exactly what makes the FA Cup great because non-league sides upset Football League sides regularly. 

"We've done our homework on them though. Our performance analyst went to their game against Leamington and recorded the game so we aren't taking this lightly and making sure we've covered every corner.

"They will test us and they will relish coming to the Ricoh Arena. I've heard they will bring plenty of supporters on Sunday so it should create a proper cup atmosphere."

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