Cup Tie Is No Distraction - Boothroyd

Last updated : 06 January 2011 By Covsupport News Service
Coventry City manager Aidy Boothroyd is maintaining that Saturday's FA Cup tie with Crystal Palace at the Ricoh Arena is not a distraction from their league campaign.

It's not a distraction, it's not a change, it's just a game, which is something we need to try and get back on the horse and get a win." said Boothroyd, whose Colchester side were thrashed 7-0 at Preston in the Third Round a year ago, to Sky Blue Player at the club's weekly press conference.

"You have to respect the FA Cup and pick the strongest team possible. It's obviously dependent on league position or the fixture congestion of a team and that has to make the decisions on team selections for example differ

"As for us, we will look to pick a team as strong as it can be and one which will look to win the game.

"With the club winning it in 1987, there is a big history with it at this club, but it is one of my targets to stop people talking about 1987 and give the fans a new success to talk about.

"We truly believe, with that target, that we have the players and squad available to achieve a good league position as well as a cup run to go with it and we are aiming to make this year a positive one and come away in May and look back and see this game as the key to a turn in fortunes following a dip at Christmas.

At Watford, it galvanised the club and players. With it being incredibly hard to win in the Premier League as it still is, the cup wins were welcome and we looked to take the success in the FA Cup into our league form."