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Treat the cup clash correctly

8 January 2016

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Paul Lambert has warned his players that they have to approach Saturday's cup tie at Newport with the right mentally.

Rovers travel to Rodney Parade in what will be the first meeting between the two sides, looking to book their place in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

But against a Newport side in the third round of the competition for first time in 30 years, the boss knows if they aren't prepared then they'll come unstuck.

"Any cup tie is a dangerous game," admitted Lambert. "It is a dangerous game if you don't treat it right which is why I will go as strong as I can.

"I also know that we have to be mentally right for it. If we are mentally right then it doesn't matter what state the pitch is in, it is the same for them. You adapt to it and you play the conditions accordingly and that is what we will try and do.

"So we'll have to go down there, handle the surroundings, handle the occasion, and if we do that and stick to our game plan then hopefully we'll win.

"We've got to earn the right, but I certainly won't be treating it lightly."

Supporters who haven't yet got their tickets for this Saturday's Emirates FA Cup are advised to get them in advance as there will be no sales on the day. Tickets go off sale at Ewood at 4pm this Friday.

Less than 100 tickets remain for the first meeting of the two sides. With just availability left in the uncovered Synter Stand.

Prices are £17 for Adults, £13 for Seniors, Students and those aged under 21. Under-16s are £7 and Under-12s £6. To book please call the ticket office on 01254 372000.

For those supporters who are making the journey to Rodney Parade there will be a dedicated away supporters bar facility with Sky Sports News on TV screens within the away section of the ground from 1.30pm.

Tea, coffee and hot food is also available from an outlet within the away end.

There is a designated drop off point for visiting supporters coaches on Corporation Road and the post code to follow is NP19 0BH.

Visiting supporter car parking is available at Fitness4Less on Corporation Road, adjacent to the away end entrance. There are also several public car parks in the City Centre within a short walking distance of Rodney Parade.

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