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Robins: We need to go for jugular; attack the best way to avoid an fa cup banana skin says sky blues boss football.

Byline: SHANE IRELAND covsport@trinitymirror.com

COVENTRY City will be going for the "jugular" against Boreham Wood - but boss Mark Robins admits that Sunday's nonleague FA Cup opponents have players who can hurt the Sky Blues.

From now need to half the start the Mark Robins is keen for his side to impress in front of their own fans at the Ricoh Arena as they aim to make it to the third round for the first time in four seasons.

He says he will set up with an attacking mindset against the National League outfit.

But Robins is wary that the Wood will present some threats to City's back-line - including academy graduate Shaun Jeffers, who makes his first return to the club looking to score against his old housemate Lee Burge and former loanee Blair Turgott.

"They have on we the first way we second. Robins got some experi-enced players and some really good younger ones as well," said Robins. "(Blair) Turgott stands out because he scored the winner last time.

"Shaun Jeffers is another one who used to be here. He started his career at Coventry.

"Bruno Andrade is another one and Angelo Balanta has been good coming off the bench, too, at times, so they have got a lot experience and a way of playing.

"The key for me is to make sure we attack.

"There were a lot of good things in the game on Saturday and we want to start on the right foot, so will they, too.

"We really want to go for the jugular so that is what we will be trying to do from minute one.

"From now on we need to start the first half the same way we start the second."

"This is one of those games where we have to go out and put on a good performance and I want the players to go out and enjoy it as well as winning the game."

City last bowed out of the FA Cup to a non-league side in 2015 when they were toppled by Worcester City.

But they came through a tricky tie against National League Maidenhead United in the first round this season.

"It is a great competition and we say it all the time," added Robins.

"It is a Sunday game, so the week's preparation has been slightly different, but we are looking forward to it.

"This is a great chance to get to the third round and I think they fancy it, so it should make for a good game. We need to make sure that we do not slip on a banana skin and we need to make sure these are not one of those.

"They beat Blackpool in the last round. I think, admittedly they were talking about how the game could have been beyond them before they scored the goal and they made them pay for it.

"They have got a lot of players in there with league experience and some decent footballers. I have read the comments of their chairman and they are all excited by it."

Robins Sunday's their and Blair ""From now on we need to start the first half the same way we start the second." Mark Robins

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