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Delighted with the draw

27 January 2015

Manager Gary Bowyer was pleased to get his wish of another Premier League club at home in the FA Cup.

Rovers’ reward for beating Swansea City 3-1 on Saturday is a fifth round tie against Mark Hughes’ Stoke City, who knocked out Rochdale on Monday night.

The cup clash, which will be played over the weekend of February 14th/15th, will see the return of a number of familiar faces to Ewood Park and boss Bowyer is excited by the challenge of trying to reach the last eight.

“Stoke are having a decent season and they’ve got some fantastic players, so we know it will be a tough test,” said the Rovers manager.

“Everyone is aware of what Mark Hughes has achieved in the game. He had a successful time here and it won’t be long before he brings success to Stoke, because he’s a good manager.

“Having played them in pre-season, we know all about the quality, the strength in depth and the size they’ve got. They’ve got goals in the team, with the return of Mame Biram Diouf and Jon Walters, and they’ve got some fantastic footballers, like Steven Nzonzi, who will also be returning.

“It is typical tie that the FA Cup throws up, with an ex-manager and ex-players coming back to the club. It’s a great tie for us, because it’s another Premier League team at home and one that we’re looking forward to, but we’ve got to concentrate on the league before then.”

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