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PREVIEW: Sky Blues host Wrexham as FA Cup journey begins

The Sky Blues will take on Wrexham in the FA Cup Third Round, their first FA Cup fixture of the 2022/23 season...

6 January 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Sky Blues host Wrexham as FA Cup journey begins

The Sky Blues will take on Wrexham in the FA Cup Third Round, their first FA Cup fixture of the 2022/23 season...

6 January 2023

The Sky Blues begin their FA Cup journey tomorrow evening, as they host Wrexham at the Coventry Building Society Arena in the Third Round.

Meet the Red Dragons:

Wrexham will arrive for their FA Cup Third Round encounter having not tasted defeat since early October.

In their last four games, Phil Parkinson's side have scored 12 goals, including five against nearby non-league outfit Solihull Moors.

They currently sit second in the National League, two points behind league leaders Notts County, with a game in hand.

Boasting a squad well above National League caliber, Wrexham have experienced National League players amongst their ranks, including Paul Mullin, Ollie Palmer and Ben Tozer.

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Their recent upturn in fortunes came following a takeover by Hollywood superstars Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds.

Mark Robins looks ahead to FA Cup test:

“They’re a great side, managed by Phil Parkinson, and they’re flying and they be coming with lots of confidence, backed by plenty of supporters, and they’ll fancy their chances.

“Tomorrow’s a 5:30 kick off is different and we’ve got to be focussed, and be right on our game, because they have got a lot of quality and they’ll throw things at us, literally! They have Ben Tozer’s throw, which is like a missile.

“They have some really good players like Paul Mullin, Ollie Palmer and Callum McFadzean. It’s an interesting game and a tough game, so we need to be at it, we need to be focussed and we need to ensure that we get into the next round.”

 

Phil Parkinson's pre-match thoughts:

“They are a good quality Championship side, and that division is an interesting one this year just like ours.

“There are so many teams pushing for the playoffs, maybe the top two are out of reach for Coventry, but they are one of a number of teams that should be fancying their chances.

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“They’ve got some good players and it’ll be interesting to see what team Mark Robins goes with.

“They tend to play three at the back, which they have done for many years, and I’ve come up against Mark’s teams a lot.

“They are always well coached, well organised and it will be a test for us.”

 

Our last six meetings:

Sky Blues 3-2 Wrexham (League Cup [Round Two, Second Leg], 1994)
Wrexham 1-2 Sky Blues (League Cup [Round Two, First Leg], 1994)
Wrexham 1-1 Sky Blues (Division Three, 1964)
Sky Blues 3-0 Wrexham (Division Three, 1963)
Wrexham 5-1 Sky Blues (Division Three, 1963)
Sky Blues 3-0 Wrexham (Division Three, 1962)

 

Match Officials:

Tom Nield will be the man in the middle for Saturday's clash.

Nield has been tasked with refereeing the fixture, his first Coventry match since the Club's 2-1 defeat against Shrewsbury Town back in 2019.

He also took charge of City's defeat over Shrewsbury in 2017, and a win over Cambridge United in the same season.

Nield last officiated over a competitive Wrexham fixture back in 2016.

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The referee will be supported by assistant officials Abbas Khan and Hristo Karaivanov. His fourth official will be Ross Joyce.

 

Ticket Information:

Fans will be able to buy on the day at the Ticket Office, or at Cash Turnstiles 30-35.

  • Adults: £13
  • Concessions (60+, Under 18): £7
  • Juniors (Under 13): £2

There's no Premium Zone and there's no matchday price increase either – the North Stand will be closed for this game.


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