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A great day

10 March 2015

Matt Kilgallon was proud to lead Blackburn Rovers to an impressive goalless draw against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Rovers defender has captained the side for the last three games due to Grant Hanley's calf injury, and admits it was a special moment to lead the team out at Anfield.

Kilgallon felt the team's work-rate paid dividends, to fully deserve their replay date at Ewood Park next month.

"It was very special walking up the steps and that," Kilgallon told Rovers Player. "You don't see the pitch until the very last couple of steps. I had my family in the crowd, my little boy, so it was a great day.

"It was a disciplined performance. We knew they would have a lot of the ball and we had to defend as a team. They have some great players out there and we knew we couldn't give them a yard.

"We were tight to them, we worked really hard. They had a lot of the ball but how many saves has Simon Eastwood really had to make?

"We had a few chances, there was Baps' header, and Craig Conway in the first half, I fancied him, I've seen him put those in training straight into the top corner, so we are very pleased."

Sunday's goalless draw means the two sides will do it all again at Ewood in early April, with the prize of a semi-final against Aston Villa.

But Killa knows there is still plenty of work to do before they can start dreaming of Wembley.

"We've got to be really at it again when they come here because they are a great team with great players," added the defender.

"We are looking forward to the replay at Ewood, I'm sure we'll get more chances, if they think their pitch was bad wait until they come and play at our gaff.

"Hopefully the ground will be full and the fans get right behind us and I'm sure they will.

"They were outstanding the 6000, they didn't stop signing and that helps us a lot. I think the tickets sold out really quickly, it was great.

"The lads love playing in front of all the fans when it is full, so it will be different against Liverpool and hopefully we can throw a few more people forward next time.

"We were so up for this game and we'll have to be the same against them at home. We couldn't have got any more up for this game we were really looking forward to it."

Rovers are back in league action this Wednesday night when Bolton Wanderers are the visitors to Ewood Park.

Tickets for will be on sale until the 7.45pm kick-off. Prices are from £21 for Adults, from £13 for Seniors and Students, and from just £8 for Juniors aged 16 and under.

Why not avoid the matchday queues and book online at www.onerovers.co.uk and collect from the Roverstore collection point.

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