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Let's Be lucky - Cotterill

Steve Cotterill admits his City side will require a little bit of luck if they are to oust West Ham United in Sunday’s FA Cup fourth round tie.

With the potential for a scalp, the BBC cameras will be at a sold-out Ashton Gate for the clash.

But Cotterill believes the Premier League team are heavy favourites and will probably need to have an off-day if his side are to prevail.

“Outside of our dressing room, the pressure is off," the City boss said. "We have to have a certain amount of belief in ourselves because otherwise we may as well not turn up.

“We know we have to play to our maximum and potentially they have to have an off-day. We may need a little bit of luck, we know that, but these things can happen in the FA Cup.

“We won’t be shouting from the rooftops to anyone this week. We’re very grounded and if we can maintain that between now and the end of the season, given the relative success we’ve had so far, that’ll be great.”

Cotterill has already stated that Sunday’s encounter will be one for the players and supporters to enjoy.

But will the City boss have time to feed off the excitement?

He quipped: “I’ll enjoy it when we have the ball…probably less so when they have it!

“All in all it’s going to be a really good occasion and hopefully we can play well.

“When you’re playing against Premier League teams I think they will let you play because they play.

“I imagine it’ll be a good game, or at least I hope it will be.”

Recalling his own favourite moments involving the world famous competition, Cotterill said: “Managing Cheltenham against West Brom in the fifth round of the FA Cup, that was quite an occasion. We were beaten 1-0 late on.

“My first FA Cup tie here, away at Tamworth, that was a tough one.

“Every time there’s been an FA Cup tie we’ve tried our best and thankfully we’ve made it through a couple of tough games against Doncaster Rovers to get a shot at a Premier League side.

“I wanted that opportunity for the players to test themselves against Premier League players. They will learn something in this game.”

Aaron Wilbraham (hip) and Kieran Agard (ankle) remain doubts. James Tavernier is cup-tied, but loanees Matt Smith and George Saville can feature.