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"Knowing how to get over the line and managing situations is crucial." - Coventry City's Russell Slade

6 February 2017

Coventry City boss praises 'strongest fanbase in the league', and says they could have a big impact on tomorrow night's semi-final...

Despite manager Russell Slade prioritising the club's campaign to stay in League One, he is still keen to reward the City fans with a day out at Wembley.

The City boss is approaching the semi-final tie as an opportunity to spread positivity in the ranks, with the club failing to win a league game in their previous fourteen attempts.

He said: "I think it is fair to say that this is one of the toughest challenges in my career, it is only a crisis if we turn it in to one. We know the situation we’re in, it is important to be real.

"The key is to do something about it now, not in three weeks. If we do address it we give ourselves a realistic chance. 

"After the game against Millwall, very quiet. There wasn’t much in it, but they had that quality at the front-end. And resilience of a team who have been together for a good while. We need to find a spark that can turn our season around."

In contrast to league struggles, the Sky Blues are unbeaten in the EFL Trophy, having already beaten Wycombe once in the competition. 

The tie is a one off 90-minutes, with the winner earning a spot in the Wembley final on April 2nd. 

Slade added: "Knowing how to get over the line and managing situations is crucial. Tomorrow’s game is not as important as staying in the league, but an opportunity to spread momentum.

"The fans can make a massive difference in numbers, when they are vocal we’ve got the strongest fanbase in the league. That is partly why I came to this club to help, it has got such a great history. Storms don’t last forever, eventually we’ll come through and be stronger for it.

"Let us be able to focus and concentrate on our jobs while the game is going on. To be fair to the lads, they have been good in the cup competition. We need to embrace the challenge, an opportunity we don’t want to miss." 

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