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Every chance of getting a result

6 March 2015

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John Filan knows what it is like to go to Anfield and win in the FA Cup.

The Rovers Under-21 coach was in goal the last time the two sides met in the competition as Rovers defeated Liverpool 1-0 in January 2000.

Like that day 15 years, Rovers will be the underdogs in this weekend's quarter-finals, but Filan knows that the current crop of players can go to Merseyside confident of causing an upset and to claim third Premier League scalp in the competition.

"Obviously going to Liverpool for any of the first team lads is a big game," said the former goalkeeper.

"It is a massive club with a big history, Anfield is a good place to play, so I'm sure they'll all be looking forward to it.

"Liverpool are on a decent run but when it comes to cup games it doesn't really matter, you've got to turn up on the day. Our fans will go full of support, full of voice and lets see how we get on.

"Obviously people will look at the leagues and there is no doubt that Liverpool will be favourites, but the underdogs have always got a good chance.

"I think our side showed against Stoke what they can do when they fire and from what I've seen the lads are good hardworking lads and with that you've got every chance of getting a result."

The Australian's own memory of Rovers' victory at Anfield is a little hazy after 15 years, but he does recall the great feeling at full time.


"A few people have reminded me that it was fifteen years ago," added Filan.

"Personally I enjoyed playing at Anfield, it is a good atmosphere, the fans there are quite honest and good with the keepers. So it was always a good place to go.

"I think at the time the club was a bit up and down so we needed a good result and from memory the boys just worked really hard and Blakey scored. We came away with some achievement.

"Any game at Liverpool is big and I can remember it being a big game, and I can remember coming back in after we won, it was a big result for us, a great positive feeling.

"We had some good lads back then and it was a good time.

"It was one of the good ones, you have a few during career, it is great when you look back. Any kind of cup run or a final is great for a player because you don't get too many of them."

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