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28 January 2017

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As Rovers prepare to take on Blackpool in this afternoon's Emirates FA Cup tie at Ewood Park, boss Owen Coyle knows that it won't be an easy tie.

Rovers got through to the fourth round stage after overcoming Queens Park Rangers with ease with a 2-1 victory at Loftus Road, but Coyle predicts today's match against the Seasiders will be much a tougher task.

Blackpool have already defeated Championship opposition after overcoming Barnsley with an extra-time winner in a replay at Oakwell, so they'll arrive at Ewood full of confidence.

"The cup presents an opportunity to progress to another round, but we know that Blackpool will be difficult opponents," the manager told Rovers PlayerHD.

"They went to Barnsley and won a replay after drawing at home so they've shown that they can certainly play a little bit. They can pass and move the ball, they have pace in their team in the wide areas, and they have one or two decent players.

"Obviously Gary (Bowyer) coming back adds a little extra spice as well having been at the club for a number of years. So there are so many little ironies that pop up in these games.

"But for us it is about being focussed, looking to be at our very best and play at our maximum and if we are then we know it is a game that we can win and progress to the next round.

"I've been on both sides in the cup when you've been the underdog and when you are the team that is favourites, but there are no guarantees in football, what you have to do is earn that and that means by being at our best.

"So we know it will be a good footballing game it is one that we are looking forward to and an opportunity to get into the last 16 of the cup and who knows what can happen from there. But we have got to earn the right to do that first.

"Blackpool will come with no fear because it is expected that the bigger team will win the cup-tie so they can play with that freedom. We've got to make sure that we are ready for that and deal with everything that comes our way and play on the front foot and look to win a game that we are all looking forward to.

"For me the FA Cup has always been a magical tournament and we want to go as far as we can in it."

Matchday prices for the fourth round tie are £12 for adults, £6 for Seniors aged 65 and over, £6 for 18-21 year-olds, and just £2 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

Fans should note that the RFS Riverside stand will be closed for the fixture, whilst the Bryan Douglas Darwen End will be for visiting supporters only.

Buy online now at and collect from the Roverstore collection point in advance of the 3.00pm kick-off, or from the Roverstore at Ewood Park from 10am.

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