Under-pressure Coventry manager Micky Adams admits his side will have to be at the peak of their powers to avoid a cup upset at the hands of Bristol City tonight.
Adams’ future at the Ricoh Arena has been the subject of much discussion since the Sky Blues put in a dire first-half showing in their 4-2 defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend.
With an FA Cup fourth round replay against one of Coca-Cola League One’s form sides posing the possibility of another chastening result, Adams wants his team to be fully focused on the task ahead.
He told the Coventry Telegraph: “Saturday was massively disappointing, and I am the first to admit it and I am not deflecting away from the pressure that is on me or the team.
“But the one thing we have got to do is come out fighting against Bristol City because that has got all the makings of a cup upset
“And after we have reflected on the Palace game we have to pick ourselves up and go again. There will be pressure on all of us.
“Saturday is not forgotten. It hurts but we know the importance of the [Bristol] game.”
Defenders Elliott Ward and David McNamee are both likely to miss out, meaning young defender Ben Turner could again feature.
City will be without new signing Brian Wilson as the defender is cup-tied but captain Louis Carey is in line to face his former club after suffering no ill effects on his return from an ankle injury.
Meanwhile Southend boss Steve Tilson is looking to secure a fourth-round tie against one of Cardiff or Tottenham by fielding a full-strength side against fellow Championship outfit Barnsley.
Tilson said: “I will play my best XI in any game I’ve got.”
“It will be a great boost to play Cardiff or Tottenham in the next round so we’ll be all out to win,” manager Tilson told his club’s official website, www.southendunited.co.uk.
Barnsley manager Simon Davey will not be afforded the luxury of fielding his best XI with Grant McCann and Dwayne Mattis both cup tied and on-loan winger Kyel Reid refused permission to play by West Ham.
New signing Adam Eckersley is also ineligible after missing the deadline for third-round registration.
Elsewhere Ipswich host League Two Chester and Luton play QPR – with Premiership Blackburn waiting for the winner.
Oldham welcome Wolves – who will be looking ahead to a potential fourth-round meeting with midlands rivals West Brom – and Peterborough travel to Plymouth.