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Cairney can't wait

8 April 2015

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After a month between the initial match at Anfield and this evening's replay, Tom Cairney is looking forward to what will be a great occasion at Ewood Park.

The Rovers midfielder admits it felt like four months rather than four weeks between the two FA Cup ties, but now that it has finally arrived he hopes the Blue and Whites make the most of their opportunity.

Cairney knows it will be far from easy against Liverpool, but after the weekend win over Leeds United, it is a game that they can go into full of confidence.

"It is here now, people have been trying not to talk about it even though everyone has been thinking about it," said Cairney.

"It is a quarter-final of the FA Cup, we've managed to get them at our place, I've heard there aren't many tickets left so it will be like a Premier League occasion.

"I've never experienced a Premier League occasion in a Blackburn shirt but I think it will be the closest thing to it on Wednesday.

"It is going to be one hell of a night and it will take some effort off everyone to get through.

"It is going to be tough, everyone knows that, but after our result against Leeds we can go into it full of confidence, it is going to be brilliant."

The 24-year-old enjoyed the experience of the goalless draw at Liverpool and felt they fully deserved to earn a replay back at Ewood Park to give them a shouting chance of a last four spot and a place at Wembley, something that would be a dream for him.

Cairney added: "I don't feel like we were under the cosh for massive parts of the game at Anfield. We showed bravery with the ball and we are going to need even more of that at home.

"It could be tough and we might be under it a little bit but the fans have got to get us through it and if we ride our luck then those pink balls might get us to the semi-finals.

"If I do get to play in an FA Cup semi-final, especially at Wembley, then it would be the proudest moment of my career and one that I definitely wouldn't forget. It is an iconic ground and to get the chance to play there would be something special."

With a 28,000 capacity at Ewood Park this evening, supporters are advised to allow plenty of time to make their journey to the ground, with large queues expected at the Roverstore collection point.

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