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INTERVIEW: Michael Doyle Previews FA Cup Third Round Tie With Stoke City

Take a look at what the Captain had to say ahead of the upcoming fixture...

5 January 2018

This weekend, the Sky Blues host Premier League side Stoke City at the Ricoh Arena, in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Mark Robins side have progressed to this stage of the competition, after beating Maidenhead United and Boreham Wood at home and next up they face a different challenge.

Captain Michael Doyle is no stranger to playing against Premier League opposition during his career and is looking forward to the game this weekend.

He said: “It’s a great game for the club and its the first time we’ve had a game like this for a while and its brilliant.

“We’ve come through a busy Christmas period and picked up some points and its put us in a decent position in the league and it’s a game we can now look forward too.

“It’s took a bit of pressure off us by getting up the table and putting our self in a good position, so when the game comes we want to give a good account of ourselves like we do in every other game and then try and win.”

The Sky Blues have seen many youngsters through the academy break into the side over the last few years and for some, it is the first time they’ve come up against a top flight side.

Doyle has been impressed with how the lads have performed this season and is hoping they can embrace the occasion this weekend.

“I think we’ve been under pressure in the league in the last few games and the younger lads have stepped up and put in great performances and hopefully that can carry on going into the game against Stoke.

“For a lot of our players it’s probably their first experience they’ve had in this stage of the competition playing against a Premier League team, so it’s a new experience and hopefully they embrace it and perform well.

“We’re playing against some of the best players and they’re playing in the best league in the world so we need to be on our game no matter what form they’re in, because they can turn it on in a second.

 “So we have to be right at it as a whole team. It’s not the kind of game we can carry a couple of players or we will get left behind, so we need to make sure were at it.”

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