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Crewe cup clash evokes memories for Mowbray

The boss admits his side cannot go into Sunday's game under-estimating the visitors

1 December 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray is eager to create more FA Cup memories for himself and the club ahead of Crewe Alexandra's visit to Ewood Park on Sunday afternoon.

The boss has plenty of experience in the competition both as a player and manager and has urged his side to grab the opportunity against the Railwaymen.

"I grew up in an era where the FA Cup Final was the biggest event in the calendar," the boss recollected

"The curtains were drawn, we had a big buffet, my dad would have all his mates round, we'd all be sitting on the sofas and on the floor.

"The build up, the fans, the trip on the bus. It was always a massive day and the main event of the season.

"As a player I didn't get closer than the sixth round. I got to the semi-finals in the FA Cup as a manager before losing to the eventual winners Portsmouth.

"We're not expecting to win the FA Cup of course, we're looking to get through to the next round when everybody comes in to try and get a tie which creates a real buzz."

On Crewe, Tony believes the visitors will have nothing to lose when they come to Ewood and knows that focus will be needed against the League Two outfit.

"It'll be a tough game. They haven't got the results they'll have liked this season but they've always been a good footballing side. 

"Historially they've bounced from League One and League Two, but as Barnet showed, you can't take teams lightly. For us, full concentration is required to ensure we progress.

"It gives us a chance to catch our breath from the league games.

"We have to be respectful of Crewe. They have experience, know-how, nous and if we put too young a team out then we could have problems."

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