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Pressley fires warning ahead of City clash

Worcester Editorial 6th Nov, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

STEVEN Pressley has warned his Coventry City side they must be on their game to overcome Worcester City in their FA Cup first round tie.

The 1987 winners come up against Carl Heeley’s minnows as overwhelming favourites in a mouth-watering encounter at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday (November 9).

But despite being 63 places above the Conference North outfit, the Coventry boss knows the challenge posed by the Blue and Whites.

“We look forward to every game and this is no different for us,” he said. “We have got to be professional and make sure we get ourselves in the hat for the next round.

“Our fans will be expecting us to win the game of course, but these sorts of ties are exactly what makes the FA Cup great because non-league sides upset Football League sides regularly.

“We’ve done our homework on them though. Our performance analyst went to their game against Leamington and recorded the game so we aren’t taking this lightly and making sure we’ve covered every corner.

“They will test us and they will relish coming to the Ricoh Arena. I have heard they will bring plenty of supporters on Sunday so it should create a proper cup atmosphere.”

Coventry endured a successful run in the country’s most prestigious competition last year, reaching the fourth round before being knocked out by eventual winners Arsenal, and Pressley is keen for more success.

“We experienced a good run in the FA Cup last season which resulted in a trip to Arsenal where we lost but I thought we performed well on the night and tested them during the second-half.

“There was no shame to go out to the eventual winners of the competitions but we would like to go further than the third round this time round, even get into the latter stages of the competition.

“There is always pressure when you manage a club like Coventry City and on Sunday it will be no different.”

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