Boss ready for Coventry test...
Phil Brown hopes Tuesday night's defeat in the Checkatrade serves as a warm-up to a winning return to league action.
The Blues boss made it clear he wanted to progress in the cup in midweek.
Following a ten day break before the cup game, Brown anticipates a much better showing with Blues looking to continue their eight game unbeaten league run.
"We had the presence of mind and strength of character more than anything else to get a draw from the game on Tuesday night against a very good Oxford side," he said.
"On the back of that, if you want to call it a dress rehearsal, then showtime has to be on Saturday.
"Only 10 or 15 years ago Coventry were in the Premier League and they’re still a massive football club albeit the problems they are facing now.
"We’ve certainly got to show our mettle, we’ve got to be prepared, we’ve got to be up and at them from minute one to win this game.
"If we win the game then everybody can look at the league table but as far as I’m concerned I won’t.
"I’m planning for four big league games in December, three of them at Roots Hall, of which we need points."
Will Atkinson limped out of the game against the U's, but Brown is hoping he will be fine to play, with no other injury concerns.
"There was only Will who limped out of the early stages of the second half," he added.
"We’re having a look at him today. He seems pain free.
"We’re very hopeful that he’ll be able to play on Saturday.
"There was only Will that came out of Tuesday with any doubt."