The Dugout

Date: 23 September 2017 at 21:10 by Liam Cook

In the 3rd edition of our new written interview series, The Dugout, CUTV's Liam Cook and United Assistant Manager Luke Morton talk cup competitions. If you have a question for the Coventry United management team, send them to @CovUnitedTV on Twitter or get in contact with Liam Cook

Liam - After 2 successive defeats, how much of a relief was it to win at Shepshed on Tuesday night?

Luke - We wanted to get back to winning ways as soon as possible after the 2 league defeats, so it was important we put in a good display against a very good Shepshed side. That's exactly what we did.

Liam - League form has taken a dip in recent weeks. Have the 2 successive cup matches provided a welcome distraction for the players?

Luke - The last 2 league games have been disappointing for us as we set ourselves high standards. The game against Bromsgrove was particularly disappointing, as it seemed a very lack luster affair with in my opinion. Neither team did enough to win the game but Bromsgrove took there 1 half chance and we didn't take the couple of opportunities we had, but that's football. These 2 cup competitions give us a break and gives the lads another target to aim for.

Liam - In recent years The Polymac Packaging League Cup hasn't been a top priority for United with youth preferred to first team players in this competition. Why did the management decide to name a much stronger team this year?

Luke - This season we are aiming to win as many trophies as possible and the league cup is no exception to that. We have a very strong squad, and there were players in that squad, who haven't played much recently, who need game time. So we decided to play a strong team, even though we made 9 changes to the starting 11.

Liam - It's often said you shouldn't change a winning team. After the strong display from the starting 11 midweek, will the team remain unchanged for the upcoming FA Vase game?

Luke - Not changing a winning team doesn't really come into our thinking when picking our match day squad or team. We will pick the squad we feel is right for each game. There is great strength in depth to our squad so unfortunately players will miss out each week, but when they're called upon they are more than capable to take their chance.

Liam - A FOURTH senior goalkeeper signed before Tuesday's game in Carl O'Neil. What was the thinking behind signing O'Neil and were you impressed with his debut?

Luke - We knew about Carl from his days with Coventry Sphinx and knew he was an excellent keeper, so we had no hesitations in throwing him in. As you could see on Tuesday he made an excellent debut. We have been looking for competition for our number 1 keeper, Rich Morris, all season and the 2 other keepers who came in will by there own admission know they have not played aswell as they can.

Liam - It's Stone Old Alleynians next in the FA Vase this Sunday at The Butts Park Arena, what are you expecting from the match?

Luke - It will be another very tough game on Sunday as they are an excellent side and had a tremendous result in the last round, so we will have to be at our very best to progress further in the Vase.

Liam - We've seen teams in the past put too much emphasis into cup campaigns at the expense of their league seasons. How hard is it to find the right balance between cup and league ambitions?

Luke - The league is our priority, so we won't let anything jeopardise our pursuit of promotion. But we also want to win some silverware, so we will be going out to win every game and we feel we have a squad strong enough and big enough to compete in all the competitions we remain in.

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