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“Fans live off the back of a fantastic cup run, and the players themselves can be heroes forever." - Coventry City's Mark Venus

4 November 2016

Mark Venus on this weekend's opponents Morecambe, and the prestige associated with the FA Cup...

Mark Venus has admitted his players must not lose concentration despite a recent upturn in results ahead of this weekend's trip to Lancashire. 

The Sky Blues face Morecambe in the First Round of the FA Cup on Sunday, 2pm kick-off, having won five of the last seven games in all competitions. 

Venus said: “These types of runs can end as quickly as they begin, so we have to conscious of that and approach every game in a similar fashion. 

“I’m really pleased the results have gone for us since I’ve come into the role, but I know in football things can turn quickly if you become complacent or over confident.

“We have to keep focusing on one task at a time, and at this moment that is Morecambe on Sunday, but it’s fantastic we’ve been able to get the amount of points we have recently.”

The Sky Blues have history in the FA Cup, having won the competition in 1987, with current goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic part of that infamous cup winning squad.  

“It’s a really prestigious competition, we only have to look at Steve Ogrizovic and the Coventry City players who famously won the competition to see what icons they’ve become.

“Fans live off the back of a fantastic cup run, and the players themselves can be heroes forever, so I know the importance of this competition.”

He added: “I didn’t have many cup runs in my playing days, at least not as many as I would have liked, but we’ll be approaching the game looking to win and progress to the next round.” 

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