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City Will Not Take Burnley Lightly

Coventry City manager Gordon Strachan is urging both his players and the club's supporters not to take Burnley lightly when the two clubs clash in the FA Cup 4th Round this weekend.

The fiery Scot admits that he fancies Coventry as a good outside bet for the competition but believes they will crash out against second division Burnley if they do not keep their concentration.

He said: 

"We do think there is a lot more to come in the FA Cup this year, but our concentration is totally on Burnley and I will make sure the players know how well they are doing.

"We have to get past this one for the run to continue and it is important not to look too far ahead.

"If anyone is coming to watch the game expecting us to waltz out their and score goals and play wonderful soccer then they might as well go to a different game.

"This is going to be a cup tie with Burnley trying to close us down and us working against them.

"If, after 90 minutes we have won one nil then we will all be very happy but I can assure you this is going to be a very difficult game."

Strachan has also dismissed as 'kidology' claims from the Burnley camp that they have nothing to lose when they arrive at Highfield Road.

He said: 

"I remember Macclesfield coming here last year saying the same and they got beaten 7-0. I spoke to their manager afterwards and their pride was hurt - so you can lose your pride.

"They will try and kid you on with that one but in the back of their mind there will be the fear that if it is not their day they could get hammered.

"If that does happen, on the bus home you have that terrible feeling that you've let everyone down and embarrassed yourself, so your pride is always at stake."

The Hare and Hounds, Coventry

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