City Have Earned Their Shot At Premier League Seagulls
Coventry City travel to Sussex this Saturday to face Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup Fifth Round.
The shine may have been taken off the tie slightly by the three straight league defeats that have blitzed the Sky Blues promotion bid, and led to some harsh talking from manager Mark Robins, but the team, management and supporters have still earned the right both to enjoy their weekend and have a crack at top-flight opposition on their own patch.
City were professional in seeing off non-league sides Maidenhead and Boreham Wood before producing one of the best displays from a team in Sky Blue for many years when beating Stoke City in Round 3, a game the team from the Potteries gave their all.
Backed by an 8,000-strong travelling support the next round at MK Dons was another gutsy display and at the time it seemed set fair for Robins and his team to make a promotion charge while enjoying their day out by the seaside.
The manager is probably right, however, to say that the warning signs have been there all season in terms of a lack of goals (and creativity even when Jodi Jones was in the side) and he has also faced injury problems above and beyond what every team in the division has to deal with.
It remains vital that, even if we do not make the play-offs, City do not taper off in the final months of the season as progress has been made in terms of the manager, having a group of players who are contracted to the club, last weekend's Community Day and recently with the announcement over an extension to the Ricoh Arena deal.
But for this weekend only it is all about the FA Cup again. The Sky Blues may not be live on television in this country but they are centre-stage on BBC Radio Five Live and also to an overseas audience.
It's another chance to sing, loud and proud, Play Up Sky Blues.