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A good test against a Premier League opponent

The gaffer reacts after Rovers are drawn away to Newcastle United in round three of the FA Cup

4 December 2018

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Tony Mowbray says his team should relish the chance to take on a Premier League opponent after his side were drawn against Newcastle United in the FA Cup.

Rovers will head to St James' Park in the New Year with the third round draw confirming the tie last night.

The clash with the Magpies will take place between Friday 4th January and Sunday 6th January, and Mowbray believes the tie will be a great gage for his side.

"I'll be totally honest, I didn't watch the draw! I'm told it's Newcastle away, and with the cup, it is what it is," the boss said.

"A home draw would have been nice, but we have to travel and it will be a good test for us against a Premier League side. It's one we can look forward to.

"We'll go there on the day and see how we get on.

"We beat Newcastle twice a couple of seasons ago in the Championship, so I think we should go there and give a good account of ourselves. Let's go there and see what we can do in what is a one-off game.

"It's a Saturday game and we won't take it lightly."

Whilst Mowbray may play things down a little, it's sure to be a game that self-confessed Toon supporters Danny Graham and Adam Armstrong will be looking forward to.

Armstrong, of course, is a former United trainee, who signed for Rovers from his hometown club on a permanent deal in the summer.

"I didn't know Danny Graham was a Newcastle fan, so I've learnt something new today, but we all know about Arma's connection to the club," Tony added.

"We'll have to see what the team is like in January, see whether Danny is playing and whether Arma is playing. I'm sure it'll be a good day out for our supporters, who have been there pretty recently.

"Let's see if we can have a similar result to our last meeting with them." 

And it's a game that a certain ex-Rover and Newcastle forward will have an eye on, it seems!...

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