Boss looks ahead to Coventry cup clash
Paul Cook has admitted that the EFL Cup is not his first priority this season.
But that does not mean he will be encouraging his players to take their foot off the accelerator on Tuesday night.
There is likely to be a much-changed team for the first round clash at League One outfit Coventry.
A packed August schedule has necessitated that, but Cook still feels that his side can progress in the competition.
The Blues boss said: “Our objective this year is to do our best to get promoted and that’s our priority – then the FA Cup, then the EFL Cup and then the Trophy.
“We will make changes for the tie, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be doing anything but try to win the game.
“You look at the month ahead, with journeys up to Morecambe and Crewe, and across to Exeter and Yeovil.
“It’s a heavy workload for players and as the manager, I have to manage that as best as I can.
“We have to make sure that we keep as many of them fit for our league campaign as possible.
“So lads will get an opportunity to impress and on a good pitch, it should be an entertaining football match.”
Coventry lost 1-0 at Swindon in their League One opener on Saturday, but Cook believes they will provide quality opposition.
He said: “They’re an excellent team and Tony is one of the brightest managers about, with a great philosophy.
“He also sets his sides up to play attractive football and I’m sure they’ll be looking to get back into the Championship.”
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