Birmingham: It's Terrific Says Boothroyd

Last updated : 10 January 2011 By Covsupport News Service/RD

Coventry City were rewarded with a trip to Birmingham City in the fourth round of the FA Cup after beating Crystal Palace at The Ricoh on Saturday.

The Coventry manager Aidy Boothroyd was delighted with the draw, saying to the CT: "It's a terrific draw. "Obviously we would have preferred to be at home but it's a local derby against a Premier League side. The fans will love that and I'm sure Lee Carsley and Gary McSheffrey will be looking forward to going back there."

Birmingham City booked their place i the fourth round by comprehensively beating another Championship club Millwall 4-1 at The New Den.

"Sometimes the Cup comes at a good time and helps you relax from the slog of the league. That happened on Saturday, although it wasn't too relaxing in the last ten minutes and I hope it will be the same at St Andrews."

As Birmingham City play the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final against West Ham on Tuesday night, giving Boothroyd an ideal opportunity to have a good look at their FA Cup opponents.

He said: "We'll do our homework like we always do but, as ever, the league is our priority and we've got two very important games against Sheffield United and QPR before we start thinking about how we are going to tackle Birmingham."