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6 March 2015

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Striker Nathan Blake reflects on the last time Rovers faced Liverpool in the FA Cup...

For former striker Nathan Blake, this weekend's cup match between Rovers and Liverpool brings back some very fond memories.

15 years ago the two sides met in the fourth round of the competition, and like Sunday's match at Anfield, Rovers weren't given much of a chance.

But on that cold January night on Merseyside, Nathan Blake's goal six minutes from time, saw Championship side Rovers, defeat Premier League outfit Liverpool.

"They were great memories, it was a great game," said the Welshman.

"If I remember Camara was up front for them, a young Stevie G was playing for them, and I just remember it being a real ding-dong of a game and us managing to get the result in the end and myself scoring the winner. So it was a great occasion.

"Everyone had written us off but we went to Anfield, it was a good game, I can't say we were all over them at any point, but we held our own and then quite late on I managed to pick up a ball from a through-pass from Per Frandsen and slotted it in with my right foot first time. Great days, great memories.

"They are the things you tell your kids about these days, to write yourself in the history of any club is a real nice feeling, it is a pleasure.

"I had a lot of injury problems during my time at Blackburn, but the memories I wouldn't change them for a minute. It was fantastic, a great place, it was a pleasure driving into training every day.

"I know a few people still in Blackburn, a few friends, and all in all it was a fantastic time for me, great memories as I've said."


For Sunday's match, Blake is confident that Rovers can cause an upset, particularly if they approach the match in the same manner as they did against Swansea and Stoke City.

"I'd give them every chance of going on to the semi-finals," added Blake.

"The confidence they gained from beating Premier League teams, and the way they beat Stoke, they took them to task.

"So with the manner in which they won the game, they should be flying high on confidence and every footballer knows with confidence they can achieve anything."

Watch the big match in Blues Bar this Sunday, doors open from 11.00am. Rovers Player subscribers can listen to full match commentary from 3.30pm.

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