Date: 18th February 2018 at 9:05pm
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Coventry City bowed out of the FA Cup with their heads held high on Saturday afternoon, a battling display against Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion ending in a 3-1 reverse at the hands of the Seagulls.

The defeat was the Sky Blues’ fourth in a row but their second-half display against Chris Hughton’s side gave hope that Mark Robins can rouse his squad for the run-in to the 2017/18 season.

Promotion hopes from League Two look to have all but disappeared in terms of the automatic places but the play-offs and another trip to Wembley remain firmly within reach albeit City’s form has dipped at a crucial stage and they face a number of the division’s top clubs in the coming weeks.

But their performances against the likes of Luton and Wycombe Wanderers already this season is a reason to be positive and the quality shown by deadline signing Jonson Clarke-Harris at Brighton is another.

The striker, back at the club where he came through the academy ranks, was much praised by Robins afterwards and also came to the attention of the national media and TV after his goal and all-round display against a top-flight backline.

‘He’s a good player and he’s hungry and has the desire to do well,’ was Robins verdict.

‘He’s going to help us get out of the division. He can help us get into a position where we can challenge, whether that’s automatic or the play-offs.’