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Kilgallon: We're up for the challenge

8 March 2015

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Matt Kilgallan says the Rovers are up for the challenge when they take on Liverpool this Sunday afternoon.

After away trips at Bournemouth and Sheffield Wednesday saw Rovers claim a decent clean sheet and then earn all three points, the blue and whites now make the short journey to Merseyside to take on the Anfield club in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup - kick-off 4.00pm.

The stand-in skipper admits the players are chomping at the bit to face the Reds, as they look to take their third Premier League scalp in this season's competition and clinch a place at Wembley.

"It is going to be hard but we are up for the challenge," the defender told Rovers Player. "It is why everyone wants to play.

"It is at Anfield, it is the FA Cup and it will be a great day out if we get something there, something we'll always remember.

"We aren't going there for a nice day, we are going there to win. We want another shock in the FA Cup, we've knocked two Premier League teams out already.

"There's always a shock in the FA Cup so why can't it be us? We've done well against the Premier League teams so why can't we do it again?"
Kilgallon knows it won't be easy against Brendan Rogers side, with Liverpool the form club in the Premier League at the moment with eight wins out of their last ten league games.

But in the cup form can go out of the window and the Rovers defender knows they have a chance of causing another upset.

"It is a big challenge, they are the form team and have some cracking players there," added Kilgallon.

"But we've worked hard on trying to stop them and we have also worked on stuff when we have the ball as well to go at them.

"We've got to go there and we've got to have a go at them. We are all up for it, we want to go there and kick on.

"We want to go there and do well for the fans, they are turning up in their numbers and we want to put on a performance for them. Their support will help us massively."

Kilgallon also believes the way they performed on Wednesday night in the 2-1 win at Hillsborough will stand them in good stead.

Whilst Rovers dominated the first half against Sheffield Wednesday, they had to withstand pressure in the second, to hold their nerve to claim the win.

He added: "It was good preparation for Sunday because we are going to have to be concentrating a lot, especially as a back four, as they are in great form.

"We have really been working hard for each other and gearing up for this game, everybody wants to play.

"You saw it on Wednesday, new people came in and put a massive case forward to be playing so the gaffer has got some decisions to make."

Missed out on a ticket for Anfield? Then why not watch the big match in Blues Bar this Sunday, doors open from 11.00am.

Rovers Player subscribers can listen to full match commentary online from 3.30pm.

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