Manager Paul Lambert will warn his players about a potential upset after Rovers were drawn away Newport County in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.
John Sheridan’s side are fourth from bottom in League Two and the new Rovers boss will urge his side to produce a professional performance when they visit Rodney Parade early in the New Year.
Lambert admits the draw could have been kinder to the supporters – as Rovers will make two trips to South Wales in quick succession, with a Championship clash against Cardiff City on January 2nd – but he is looking forward to his first taste of FA Cup action with his new club.
“Any away tie in the FA Cup is always going to be difficult,” said the Scot. “Obviously we’ve been playing well on the road since we came in and we’ll need to sustain our away form in the coming weeks.
“I know John a little bit. He was a good player in his day, he’s been around and he knows the game. It’s a big game for them – a small club from League Two against a big club from the Championship.
“Their fans will be right behind them, they’ll raise their game and they’ll look to cause an upset, so we’ll need to avoid complacency and be professional. Getting through is the most important thing.”