Following last season’s memorable FA Cup run, which included Norwich City’s unforgettable penalty shootout win at Tottenham Hotspur, head coach Daniel Farke would love to see the Canaries go deeper in the competition in 2020-21.
But the memorable moments have to be earned, the win at Spurs coming after professional victories against Preston North End and Burnley, highlighting the importance of Saturday’s third round tie against Coventry City.
“Last season was difficult for us but we had a great cup win with away wins at Preston, Burnley and Tottenham and were one minute away from reaching the penalty shootout against Manchester United,” Farke said. “I'd love to have a cup run with a better outcome this season.
“We won't use the cup game for gifts or to try things out, that's what friendlies are for. That doesn't mean we won't rotate, but those who come in will be fresh and highly motivated. I expect a difficult game against a good, solid Championship side.
“We know we're capable of creating moments like we did at Tottenham. In order to be allowed to live in moments like that against Tottenham or Man City, you have to stay focused and concentrated in the first rounds.”
The confirmation of this weekend’s fixture came shortly after City’s 1-1 draw with the Sky Blues at the end of November, a game in which Coventry demonstrated their abilities as a solid Championship outfit.
“It was difficult when we last played them,” Farke said. “I have lots of respect for what they've done and since that game they've had several wins. They're mid-table and it's a great chance for them to shine on a great stage; a cup game away at the league leaders.
“They'll go for it and try to use the opportunity, so we need a top Championship performance to win this game. It's difficult to beat them in the league, but in the cup it's do or die and they have nothing to lose. They don't need to fight against relegation so they'll go for it. They're always brave and a good possession side.”