24th Sep, 2018

INTERVIEW: Robins relishing fourth round FA Cup clash against out of form MK Dons

Shaun Reynolds 26th Jan, 2018 Updated: 26th Jan, 2018

FOOTBALL: COVENTRY City boss Mark Robins is relishing tomorrow’s FA Cup fourth round tie against out of form Milton Keynes Dons.

The Sky Blues will travel with 7,883 supporters to Stadium MK where they will face League One opposition for a place in a competition’s fifth round.

A win would not only see Coventry book their spot in the last 16 of the FA Cup, but they would also receive £90,000 in prize money – added to the £112,500 the club has already won by winning their opening three games.

Speaking at the club’s training ground this morning, Robins said everyone at the club is looking forward to playing in front of a large away following.

And the game will feature an additional element of surprise after Milton Keynes hired Dan Micciche as their new manager earlier this week after Robbie Neilson left the club by mutual consent on Saturday, January 20.

Robins said: “We welcome this FA Cup game. They’ll be a big crowd and it’s something to look forward to.

“They’ve changed their manager so we expect a change in approach from them (MK Dons). He’ll look to play and pass the ball, what supporters are used to seeing.

“We’ve sold 8,000 tickets and I’m sure we could’ve sold more. They’ll be plenty of people wanting us to win and it will make for a great atmosphere.

“It will be a difficult game as we are playing a team from a higher division, and MK Dons is a good club. The FA Cup is a big thing for us.”

Following tomorrow’s game, Coventry must prepare for two matches in seven days as they face Cambridge United at home on Tuesday before travelling to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday, February 3.

Though the club’s focus remains on tomorrow’s game, Robins said he will be keeping an eye on what comes next and after the fourth round tie.

“We are conscious of the prize money but our main focus is to work hard,” said Robins.

“It’s a tough week. We want to get through this round but then we have a Tuesday game and a match on Saturday. I’ve got one eye on what comes next and after it, but our total focus is on this game.”

And the Coventry boss is not quite finished his work in the transfer window.

“It’s been a horrendous window,” said Robins.

“At times you think you’re close to something, but deals are never done until the paperwork is signed.

“Nothing has dropped at the moment but we are still working hard to do something, but only if that something is right.

“If I can’t get the right person I’ll look within. The players we have are capable of winning games.

“But I’m looking for something extra to see us through the season, we might need help.

“If a deal doesn’t happen it’s not a disaster. Other players within the team will get their chance to step up.”

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