Here’s how Coventry City ticket sales are going for MK Dons FA Cup tie

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Coventry City supporters have already snapped up 4,000 tickets for the FA Cup fourth round tie against MK Dons.

The Sky Blue Army have been handed almost 8,000 (7,833 to be exact) for the match which will be played at Stadium MK on Saturday, January 27, with kick-off at 3pm.

Mark Robins ‘s men booked their place in the fourth round after a brilliant 2-1 shock victory over Premier League Stoke City at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

City were drawn away to this season’s League One strugglers in Monday night’s live draw. MK Dons are currently in 19th place in League One, with just eight places separating the two sides.

Coventry have revealed that the club has been given a full allocation of 7,833 tickets, with 14 wheelchair spaces.

Supporters have been getting excited about the tie and had been using the twitter hastag #10ktoMK in anticipation of taking a large following.

Fans will be able to purchase four tickets per person.

And fans will be delighted to hear that the cost of the tickets has also been slashed.

Supporters were angry that they had to fork out £24 in the premium zone at the Ricoh Arena for Saturday’s clash with the Potters, while the cheapest price for adults in the standard zone was £22.

The tickets will be prices as follows:

Adults: Season ticket holders £15, non season ticket holders £17.

Seniors: Season ticket holders £12, non season ticket holders £14.

U-18: Season ticket holders £4, non season ticket holders £5

U-13: £1.

More details can be found here.

Former Sky Blues assistant manager, Neil MacFarlane, is first team coach at MK Dons.

He and then manager Steven Pressley were in charge the day they beat them in front of a near 7,000 travelling Sky Blue Army in November 2013 – the season City were in exile in Northampton and took huge crowds away from home

Meanwhile, the only man to have led Coventry City to FA Cup success reckons there are similarities between his trophy-lifting side and the squad that current boss Mark Robins has at his disposal.

John Sillett, the legendary manager who inspired City to glory in the 1987 final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, says Robins has instilled the kind of team spirit that can make a world of difference.

And Sillett, issued a passionate rallying cry ahead of the clash which will take place on the weekend of 27-28 January, evoking memories of that triumph over Spurs over 30 years ago.

“It’s a wonderful, wonderful city to be when you’ve come back with that trophy. I can’t believe the reception we had,” said Sillett, now aged 81.

“I can’t believe how good a game we put on at Wembley, the boys played magnificently, great team spirit.

“I can see at the moment in this young side the same sort of spirit.

“It was here for the last match when they beat Stoke, we’re going to take some beating, I don’t care who we’ve drawn in the cup, we’re going to take a lot of beating.

“It’s vital to any team. If you’ve got that team spirit which Mark has built here with his youngsters, and Oggy (Steve Ogrizovic) has helped as well, we’re all watching and all wondering, can we bring it back?

“Yes of course we can!”

Exeter preview

Coventry City will be hoping to strengthen their grasp on an automatic promotion spot when they take on Exeter City at St James Park (3pm).

The Sky Blues sit in third position going into the clash against the Grecians, five places but only two points better off than Paul Tisdale’s men.

City boss Mark Robins led his side to a memorable FA Cup victory against Stoke City last time out while Exeter were beaten in the third round by their Premier League opposition West Bromwich Albion.

Here’s a full preview ahead of the match.

Match details

Kick off is at 3pm on Saturday at St James Park.

The match has not been chosen for live TV coverage but you can keep up to date with our dedicated Sky Blues live blog. Andy Turner will be in place in the press box to provide updates.

Team news

Exeter hope to have skipper Jordan Moore-Taylor available.

Moore-Taylor missed the FA Cup defeat to West Brom last weekend with a muscle injury.

The Grecians have been stretched at the back in recent weeks and there is no return date for injured defenders Troy Brown and Luke Croll.

Lee Holmes and Matt Jay could come into contention.

Josh Barrett will travel to Exeter and could make his Coventry debut.

The on-loan Reading midfielder was due to appear for the Sky Blues for the first time in last weekend’s FA Cup victory over Stoke City but wasn’t fit after going into hospital over the festive period.

But Barrett is battling back to fitness and Robins will make a decision on the 19-year-old ahead of the clash against the Grecians.

Rod McDonald is back for City while the manager hopes the returns of Liam Kelly and Peter Vincenti, who have also been sidelined in recent weeks, will boost competition for places in coming weeks.

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins says

“Everybody enjoyed the result last week and that it what it is all about.

“You can enjoy that for a day or so and then it is back to work. Fair play to the players because they have worked hard and have done their jobs well when they came back in.

“We have got a tough game and a long trip now, but we need to build on that feel-good factor and take it into the game tomorrow.

“I know Paul Tisdale well. We played together in Greece and he has done remarkably well at Exeter.

“Exeter turn over plenty of players, but they bring good ones in and give a lot of the younger players opportunities before turning out to do really well in their careers.

“Along with Steve Perryman (director of football), they do really well.”

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale says

“We have had a good chance to look at them now over the first half of the season and they are a contender for promotion.

“They are defensively very, very good. They are very well organised, they have got a good structure and they have got some good players.

“It is a nice template for a good team and I think that they will be, no doubt, a contender, if not for the play-offs then the automatics as well. It will be a tough test for us.

“We have got a tough month coming up ahead of us but there is no reason to be negative about it, we have always had the ability to compete with the top teams in our league over the past three or four years and I see no reason why we can’t do that this season.”

Predicted XIs

Sky Blues: Burge Grimmer, Willis, Davies, Stokes, Maguire-Drew, Bayliss, Doyle (C), Shipley McNulty, Biamou.

Exeter: Pym, Sweeney, Archibald-Henville, Tillson, Harley, Stockley, Seaborne, McAlinden, Moxey, Taylor, Boateng.

Who is the referee?

Ben Toner will be the man in the middle.

The Lancashire-based official was last in charge of City for the 0-0 draw at Barnet in October. Rod McDonald was the only player booked on that occasion.

He will be assisted by Andrew Laver and Justin Amey with Scott Jackson as fourth official.

What are the bookies saying?

Exeter 19/10

Draw 9/4

Coventry 7/5



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