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INTERVIEW: “It's a competition we want to do well in”

Mark Robins looks ahead to Walsall cup tie...

9 November 2018

The Sky Blues return to FA Cup action this weekend and boss Mark Robins is hoping for another run in the competition.

City take on fellow League One side, Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium in the First Round of the FA Cup tomorrow afternoon.

Last season, City progressed to the Fifth Round, beating Maidenhead, Boreham Wood, Stoke City, MK Dons along the way, before being knocked out to Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Gaffer spoke about the importance of this competition and is looking forward to take on Walsall this weekend.

He said: “It’s an important competition for everyone.

“These days out for the supporters and the memories of last year are still strong.

“I think we are taking around 3,000 tomorrow, so we may even outnumber the Walsall support, if not match them which is outstanding support.

“It is a tough start for us and we’ve got to go there and understand that.

“We’ve got a good group of players and they are performing well at the moment, we want to go there and put on a good performance, but we have to understand they are a good side.

“When you come up against a side in the same division it is a tough game, but saying that, we played Maidenhead and Boreham Wood last year and they were difficult games in their own right.

“There are no easy games. We’ve just got to go there and try and get through and put a good performance.”

It will be the first of two meetings between the two sides at the Banks’s Stadium within the space of just four weeks.

City travel to Walsall in League One action on December 8th, who are currently going for a difficult run, with four defeats in their last five league games, but Robins doesn’t look into that.

“I don’t believe in that, you go and try and do the best you can.” He said.

“We’ve got a good squad of players that are in a confident mood and we look forward to the occasion, the FA cup is always a good occasion.

“It would be brilliant to have another cup run, if we have one like we did last year, then I think we will all be happy.

“It’s a good competition, when this time of year comes around, there is a lot of interest in the games that are thrown up and you get a lot of different sides from different tiers and it always makes it interesting.

“Sometimes it is difficult when you come up against teams in the same division, but you look at Newport are playing the Met Police and that is a tough tough game.

“It is competition we want to do well in.”


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