Mark Robins wants his Sky Blues side to be “competitive” when they take on Wycombe Wanderers at St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon.
City claimed their first away of the season in the reverse fixture at Adams Park earlier in the campaign and are aiming to complete a league double over the Chairboys to move further clear of the relegation zone.
Despite Wycombe sitting at the foot of the Championship table, the manager insists his side need to be competitive against Gareth Ainsworth’s side.
Robins said: “It’s a brilliant game for us, a great opportunity for us, they’re a really competitive team and we need to be competitive, they’ve been competitive in all the games we’ve watched.
“They’re an energetic team and they’ll come and have a real go which is no different to any other game that they play, we’ve got nothing to lose either, there’s 10 games to go, we have to attach importance to all 10 games not just this one.
“It’s about us trying to play our game and earning the right to play our game, Wycombe always give everything that they can, it’ll be a tough afternoon that’s for sure, hopefully we can cause them more problems than they can cause us.
“You can’t attach any more importance over one game, they always say the next game in the most important game and that remains the case, but it isn’t the be all and end all.”
Robins also feels the Sky Blues have nothing to lose as they head into the final 10 games of the season and stressed the importance of his team staying focused for the remainder of the campaign.
“There’s five weeks to go, there’s nothing to lose for anybody and it’s about the mindset going into this last period that will determine the outcomes for us.
“We’ve come a long way in a relatively short space of time and we’re in a relegation fight, but there are other teams just on the doorstep of dropping into there, there’s nothing to lose at all.
“We just look after ourselves on a game-by-game basis, we have to take care of our own business and make sure we pick up the points that we know we can achieve and that should be enough if we put the performances in and cut out some mistakes.
“For us, it’s the continuation of a journey, people are desperate for that happen, you have to temper that desperation with working hard and staying focused and focus is a key ingredient in that.
“If we can remain focused and not have anybody take that focus away then they’ll have done a really good job this season.”