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"It’s a wonderful competition with a rich history and this football club can tell you all about that." - Coventry City’s Mark Venus

2 December 2016

Mark Venus previews the weekend's Emirates FA Cup clash with Cambridge United...

Interim boss Mark Venus is keen to pay testament to the club’s history in FA Cup competition as he prepares his side to face League Two outfit Cambridge United on Sunday.

With no midweek fixture, the Sky Blues have been able to spend the week on the training field and Venus feels this is a great chance for his young charges to prove a point. 

He said: “We’ve trained hard this week and I’ve enjoyed the training, the boys have been good. We’re all looking forward to Sunday.

“The FA Cup definitely floats my boat, I hope it is the same for the players. It is a wonderful competition with a rich history and this football club can tell you all about that.

“The club has had some good draws in the third round previously, good opportunities. We want to go as far as we can, and the global publicity/media that goes with that.

The tie is one of two knockout fixtures for the Sky Blues in the space of four short days, as Crawley Town visit the Ricoh in Checkatrade action on Wednesday 7th Dec.

Forward Marvin Sordell is once again available after serving a one-match suspension, while midfielder Chris McCann has began to regain fitness. 

Venus added: “Our players will have to compete against the physicality of the opposition and ultimately make an impact on their goal. 

“Performances have been okay, but we need a goal threat. They’ve got a bit of size at the back and at the top, a physical edge. 

“We never go out unprepared for a football game, no team have hit us with something that we didn’t know was coming. But sometimes we haven’t been able to deal with it.”

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