City will be determined to reverse a losing trend after the FA Cup third round draw was
The Sky Blues were pulled out of the hat alongside division one Norwich City, meaning
Gordon Strachans men could be the third Coventry side in the 90s to crash out
of the competition at Carrow Road.
Since becoming Highfield Road boss Strachan has reached round six and round five in
successive years, but recent history will be against them progressing past the clash with
In 1993 Bobby Goulds side were drawn against the Canaries and travelled to the
ground with high hopes of embarking on a long cup run, but they were cut short by a
toothless performance that saw Norwich triumph 1-0.
The Coventry team that day contained keeper Steve Ogrizovic, the only player still with
the club, Newcastle forward Kevin Gallacher and Liverpool defender Phil Babb.
Sky Blues boss Bobby Gould was banished from the dug-out after launching a verbal
volley at the linesman following Darren Beckfords crucial goal.
In 1995 Phil Neale was the next City manager to fall from the cup at Carrow Road, after
Norwich earned themselves a second bite of the cherry with a goal-less draw at Highfield
The replay was another disappointment for Coventry fans with the added blow that Dion
Dublin and Roy Wegerle were forced off the pitch through injury.
Norwich took the lead after just eight minutes with Darren Eadie scoring, Peter Ndlovu
equalised for City, but after extra-time the Canaries raced away with the game with
further goals from Eadie and Mike Sheron.
Strachan will now be hoping that it is third-time lucky for his side, who have been
tipped by several TV pundits as a good outside bet to lift the trophy.