Right, it’s that time of the year again where we have to talk about the F.A Cup.
And with all the fuss and feather that has surrounded the game and what is going to happen in the stands, attention now turns to what is going to happen on the pitch.
We saw in the last round that Pep Clotet clearly doesn’t care much for this competition as he made seven changes to the side ahead of the game with Blackburn And whilst Coventry should be a little bit of an easier opponent given that they’re in the division below us, I don’t think we should be making too many changes from the side that played the last league outing against Middlesbrough.
With the Blues currently on a bit of an unbeaten run, which started off with the cup victory over Blackburn Rovers, I think that we need to use this game to try and get a little bit more momentum going, and turn some of those draws into wins.
I would go with a full-strength side against Coventry City and try to rack up as many goals as possible, just so that we can actually prove that we can do it, even if it is against a League One side, and try and get those creative juices flowing in attack.
Plus, one good thing about the game is that, whilst we may be ‘away’ in a technical sense, we aren’t actually going to be playing away, so we won’t be tied down by the whole ‘having to play defensive away from home’ mantra, so hopefully Clotet gives them the license to be more aggressive.
The one thing that we can’t be dealing with is a draw, even though we’d be the home team in the replay, we can’t be dealing with any more fixture congestion right now and an extra game to see off a League One side is one of the worst things we could be forced to do.
Would you play a full-strength side v Coventry in the replay?
So for more reasons than one, you can mark this game down as a ‘must-win’.