Keep calm and carry on as usual says Robins
CITY BOSS NOT UNDERESTIMATING WALSALL DESPITE MISERABLE FORM
MARK Robins has warned his Coventry City players not to take their foot off the gas and underestimate Walsall.
The Saddlers have endured a miserable run of form of late, losing four of their last five matches ahead of today’s FA Cup first round tie.
City, meanwhile, are unbeaten in six and went on a five-game winning run before drawing to Accrington Stanley last weekend.
But the Sky Blues will ignore the contrast in recent results when they travel to the Banks’s Stadium.
“I don’t believe in that, you go and try and do the best you can,” said Robins.
“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. It is competition we want to do well in.”
City will be buoyed by the news that Luke Thomas will be able to feature in the game at Walsall. Derby City have granted Sky Blues permission to field the loanee at the Banks’s Stadium.
It means the winger, who is on loan until January, would be cup-tied should the Rams want to use him later in the competition.
Thomas, 19, has made 15 appearances for the Sky Blues, including 14 starts, and recently scored his first goal for the club.
“We’ve given them permission,” said Rams boss Frank Lampard. “They are both doing well, I’m happy for them to play, it’s great for them.
“It’s a chance for them and I would never stop that, unless it was an extreme circumstance that we would need to make a decision on.
“I’m always generally happy for the players to play when they are happy and the clubs are looking after them very well.”
City will be backed by around 3,000 fans and are likely to outnumber the home supporters as they bid to make it to the second round.
They also took up bumper away allocations in last season’s competition, to MK Dons and then to Brighton and Hove Albion where they were knocked out at the fifth round stage.
“It’s an important competition for everyone,” added Robins.
“These days out for the supporters and the memories of last year are still strong.
“I think we are taking around 3,000, 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.”