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"I want to be perfectly clear it’s a competition we want to be a part of and progress in." - Coventry City's Mark Venus

14 November 2016

Mark Venus on the Sky Blues' FA Cup First Round replay against Morecambe at the Ricoh...

Having drawn the initial game against the Shrimps at the Globe Arena, City welcome Morecambe to the Ricoh with a Second Round tie against either Cambridge or Dover on offer. 

City have fallen at the first hurdle in the past two seasons of FA Cup competition, but Mark Venus is keen to reward the club's fanbase with a good cup run. 

Reflecting on Saturday, Venus said: “I certainly wasn’t disappointed with our performance, we definitely shouldn’t be downbeat. 

“You can’t shy away because you’ve had one defeat, that’s football. Barnsley proved last season you can’t afford to be downbeat over a few losses. We played well in spells so we need to take the positives from that. 

“We’re looking a little stretched at the moment, personnel wise, but it’s better to have these games and be involved in the cup than to be out and watching them be played on the television.”

Jamie Sterry’s first goal for the Sky Blues ensured City avoided an early exit in the first meeting of the two, and Venus is keen to preserve his side's involvement in the competition. 

“We’ve had some good home form, but it’s a competition we want to go as far as we can in. I want to be perfectly clear it’s a competition we want to be a part of and progress in.

“The further in the cup you can go, the more exciting it becomes. The media begin hyping the games, and the fans look forward to a potential fixtures against teams in the higher divisions.”

He added: “The boys want to test themselves against the best players in the country, and for that to happen you have to be successful and aim to go on a run in the cup.”   

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