Slade Delighted With Home Draw

Last updated : 26 January 2017 By CNS Sport

Coventry City manager Russell Slade was delighted with the Sky Blues getting a home draw in the EFL Trophy Semi-Final.

The Sky Blues face Wycombe Wanderers, whom they beat in the the group stages, on February 21st, 22nd or 23rd subject to stadium availabilty, demands of television etc, in the semi-final in front of what should be a packed to capacity Ricoh Arena, especially if stubs from the semi-final are required in order to purchase a ticket should City get to the final after over-coming a Wycombe side which is unbeaten in sixteen matches.

Slade told Laura Hunter: "Really pleased that we are at home in front of our own fans, a huge advantage. It is a one off knockout game, we’re looking forward to it.  

“If we can create an atmosphere, it will be a great occasion. The players on the pitch take a lot from that. We’re 90 minutes from Wembley now and that is hugely exciting for the football club.
“It may give us a psychological edge that we’ve already beaten Wycombe, but that just means they will be determined. It is a semi-final and we’ll treat it on its merits. We have a 50/50 chance and we don’t want to blow it.
“It will be like a twelfth man at home, if we can encourage the fans to come and support on the night. Everybody will benefit from that, with a trip to Wembley at stake. It is a bit of positive news in what has been a difficult season.
“The important thing is we put this in perspective, we’ve progressed but you only get one chance at it. It’ll be a keenly contested game and we’ll have to get it right on the night. Let's hope that home advantage gives us a real positive edge.” 

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