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The boss has urged his side to look forward to Saturday's FA Cup tie at St James' Park

3 January 2019

Tony Mowbray says his side should look forward to this weekend's game at Newcastle United, with more than 50,000 supporters expected to be inside St James' Park.

Rovers make their bow in the FA Cup in the north-east on Saturday, and the boss is hoping an upset could be on the cards for his team.

Mowbray's men earned a morale-boosting victory against high-flying West Bromwich Albion on New Year's Day, and he's hoping the team can take confidence with them to Tyneside.

“I believe we’ve played at a pretty high level in recent months but haven’t really got the rewards," he said to iFollow Rovers when discussing recent results.

"Sometimes you have to accept that that's football, but other times we haven’t got what we deserve. 

“This weekend we’re set to play in front of a big crowd and are looking forward to seeing how we get on in that environment. 
 
“We’ve gone to Elland Road, which was just about packed, we’ve gone to Bramall Lane, which was just about packed. This is the next challenge and it will be a great education for our younger players.
 
“You have to build footballers and create an identity, show that work ethic and that drive. We can’t go to Newcastle and think about playing differently to how we usually do just because it’s a cup game.
 
“We’ll look to ask questions, but we’re mindful that we will be up against a Premier League club with Premier League players, who know how to pick the right pass."
 

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