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Rodwell's cup memories...

Jack's the only member of the Rovers squad to have played in an FA Cup Final

14 January 2019

Jack Rodwell is the only member of the Rovers squad to have played in a FA Cup Final, and has garnered plenty of experience of the competition over the years.

The versatile defender, who penned a one-year deal with Rovers in the summer, played for Manchester City in the 2013 Final at Wembley.
 
The 27-year-old was also part of the Everton side that suffered defeat to Chelsea in the Final back in 2009, although he was an unused substitute on the day.
 
And despite the heartbreak, Rodwell has fond memories of the competition, which he says is still an important tournament.
 
“It’s a massive competition. I’ve played in an FA Cup Final before and I remember that day we were unfortunate to come out of the game on the wrong end of the result," the number 5 recollected to iFollow Rovers.
 
“It’s amazing and one of those things for the fans and families. It was a great run and a fantastic experience.
 
“I’m not sure how some of the foreign lads viewed the competition, but for the English boys, growing up the FA Cup was the biggest competition.
 
“For me, it’s a very special competition that brings back memories. Maybe one day I can win the Final."
 
A fourth round clash against Watford awaits either Rovers of Newcastle United, who will battle it out at Ewood Park tomorrow night.
 
And Rodwell says the team will go into the clash full of confidence.
 
“A cup run would be great for us and the fans. A win against Newcastle will be brilliant," he added.
 
“With league games, you’re constantly wanting to get those three points on the board. With the FA Cup, it’s a different mentality because you know you just have that one game to try and win.
 
“We go into every game aiming to win. It was a great performance at St James’ Park, and with the fans behind us, with us doing what we do, we can beat anyone.
 
“It’ll be a good test for the group. We need that. It’s about being patient and sticking to what we’re good at. We have good enough players to produce the goods."

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