JAN 00] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
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.
"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
Strachan has also dismissed as 'kidology' claims from the Burnley camp
that they have nothing to lose when they arrive at Highfield Road.
"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."