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Sam aims to emulate Saints success

26 January 2017

Sam Gallagher hopes to go on an extended cup run with Rovers - having watched his parent club reach a Wembley final last night.

The towering striker, who is on a season-long loan at Ewood Park from Southampton, was in the crowd at Anfield on Wednesday evening to cheer the Saints on to an EFL Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool.

And Gallagher admits it was an enjoyable experience being a ‘fan’.

“It’s only 45 minutes from where I’m living, so I got myself to the game,” said the 21-year-old hot-shot, who has scored nine Championship goals for Rovers this season.

“I was in there with the away fans as well, so it was a great atmosphere and to not only win on aggregate, but to win at Anfield as well and get the goal at the end, it was a really good night.

“It was cold! But it was a different experience being a fan again, especially being in the away end, where you get all the hardcore fans. Everyone was singing, which made for a really good atmosphere and, judging by the celebrations at the end, I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

“They’ve not conceded in the competition and to get two 1-0 wins over Liverpool, that’s as solid as you’re going to get really, especially given the changes they had to make with the injuries, with Virgil (van Dijk) and Jack Stephens stepping in. He’s a close friend of mine and he was outstanding.”

Gallagher’s focus is now firmly on a different cup competition and having claimed two assists in the third round victory over QPR, he is hoping to fire Rovers into the fifth round with a win over Blackpool today.

“It would be nice to score the goals rather than play key roles in them, so I’ll definitely be looking to get on the scoresheet!” he added.

“We’ve got a great chance of going on a cup run and I think we’ve played really well in the cup games this season.

“It’s a tie we’re looking to take advantage of, but we know it won’t be easy. We played Barnsley on Boxing Day and they made it a tough game for us, so for Blackpool to beat them, it shows that there’s no easy games in cup games - there’s always upsets - but we’ll be looking to show our pedigree and hopefully come through.”

Season ticket holders are reminded that they have until close of business Friday to get tickets for Saturday's match against Blackpool at the advanced price.

Prices for season ticket holders are just £10 for adults, £5 for Seniors aged 65 and over, £5 for 18-21 year-olds and just £2 for Juniors aged 17 and under. Please note that the RFS Riverside stand will be closed for the fixture, whilst the Bryan Douglas Darwen End will be for visiting supporters only.

Matchday prices and for non-season ticket holders 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.

Buy online at www.eticketing.co.uk/onerovers in store at the Roverstore, Ewood Park, or by calling the ticket office on 01254 372000.

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