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Reaction: Blues 2 Coventry City 2 (AET, Blues win 4-1 on Penalties)

The one thing we did have tonight, which has been common all season, is the ability to work hard and believe in ourselves until the end.

Pep Clotet

Blues Head Coach Pep Clotet reacts to the FA Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Coventry.

Pep Clotet on watching his side progress in the FA Cup after a dramatic night at St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium…

“It was a fantastic night. The Club are through to the fifth round for the first time in eight years and all the fans will be very excited about it. We just saw a fantastic cup game. The levels don’t matter in the FA Cup – it doesn’t matter if you’re in the Premier League or League Two, everyone is in it to win. Coventry made things very difficult for us, we struggled to create more flow in attack and we had to be very good defensively. The one thing we did have tonight, which has been common all season, is the ability to work hard and believe in ourselves until the end. Today we got rewarded, we came back twice to take the game to a penalty shoot-out. And that’s turned into our favour; we are very happy tonight.”

Pep Clotet on Lee Camp’s two penalty saves in the shoot-out…

“I have all confidence in him. Lee Camp is a goalkeeper that works very hard and is very focused on continuing to develop. He is very mature in the locker room in his approach to games. He is a very good example of a professional to everyone, so I’m very happy when he has these performances and he saves those penalties. He’s got us into the next round and I’m very happy for him."

Pep Clotet on the prospect of facing Leicester City in the fifth round…

“It’s going to be very tough. Leicester are one of the best teams in the Premier League at the moment, but it’s an FA Cup game and it’s going to be a good test for us. We’ll have nothing to lose and we believe in ourselves so we’ll go there with a view to making it very, very difficult for them.”

Pep Clotet on a potentially serious injury to Josh McEachran…

“It’s very disappointing. It’s a knee injury and tomorrow/Thursday we’ll able to assess it, but it doesn’t look a minor one. We need to wait until the injury has settled a little bit and we’ll scan it.”

Pep Clotet on the home debuts of Jack Concannon and Caolan Boyd-Munce…

“That’s one of the very good positives from tonight, the fact that we had Jack Concannon and Caolan Boyd-Munce playing for us for the first time in the FA Cup, in a very competitive game. It shows that we believe in giving the young players a chance, and myself as a coach, I think this is key now for our future.”

Pep Clotet on playing 120 minutes followed by a penalty shoot-out, with a league trip to Bristol City only three days away…

“What we wanted more than anything was to play against Leicester in the next round. I tried to rotate the squad to make sure that we can handle this game and the game on Friday. Now we just get on with it and we’ll be ready for the fight on Friday.”

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