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PHIL PARKINSON INTERVIEW | “We are going down to Coventry looking to put in a really good account of ourselves."

Manager Phil Parkinson shares his thoughts ahead of tommorow's FA Cup Third Round tie against Coventry City

6 January 2023

Phil Parkinson explained Saturday’s FA Cup Third Round clash is a test they are relishing, as the Red Dragons visit Championship side, Coventry City.

Wrexham go into the game six games unbeaten on the road, with the latest victory coming on Monday in a competitive battle against Solihull Moors.

Ahead of tomorrow evening's game, Parkinson added that it was crucial to go into the tie with a good run of results behind them.

He said: “The game is a bonus as we know, the aim was to go into it with a good Christmas and festive period which we did.

“We are going down to Coventry looking to put in a really good account of ourselves.

“We had a couple of days off after the Solihull game, but we’re back in training today [speaking Thursday] and we’re going to assess everybody.

“There’s one or two niggles after Monday’s game as you can imagine, and we’re looking to get the team selection right for the game and it’s one we’re looking forward to.”

Wrexham last reached this stage of the coemption back in 2015, with a trip to the Bet 365 Stadium to face Stoke City.

It looked as though Mark Carrington had scored a shock winner late on in the match, but The Potters came back and eventually progressed into the Fourth Round.

With a sold-out away allocation travelling down to the Coventry Building Society Stadium, Parkinson hopes it can be a special day for the club.

He said: “It makes it a special day, going to the CBS because it is a fantastic stadium and one that not many will have experienced before.

“It’s going to be special for us seeing our fans packed out behind the goal and we’re really looking forward to the game.”

The hosts currently sit 14th in the Championship, but only four points separate the Sky Blues from the play-off places.

City also has the second top scorer in the division within their ranks in Swedish striker Viktor Gyokeres, who has scored an impressive 12 goals so far this campaign.

Assessing the opposition, Parkinson explained that it will be an intriguing battle and one that he looks forward to.

He said: “They are a good quality Championship side, and that division is an interesting one this year just like ours.

“There are so many teams pushing for the playoffs, maybe the top two are out of reach for Coventry, but they are one of a number of teams that should be fancying their chances.

“They’ve got some good players and it’ll be interesting to see what team Mark Robins goes with.

“They tend to play three at the back, which they have done for many years, and I’ve come up against Mark’s teams a lot.

“They are always well coached, well organised and it will be a test for us.”



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