Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is looking forward to taking on Premier League opposition in Newcastle United in the FA Cup Third Round.

Blackburn Rovers were drawn against Newcastle United in the Third Round draw or the FA Cup, and will face The Magpies at St James’ Park early on in January.

Blackburn Rovers boast an impressive recent record against Newcastle, beating them twice when Rafael Benitez’s side were in the Championship in the 2016/17 season. Captain Charlie Mulgrew scored in both games as Rovers won 1-0 at Ewood Park and St James’ Park.

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“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,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“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.”

Two of Rovers’ star attackers have close ties to the North-East giants. Experienced striker Danny Graham is a Newcastle fan, and attacker Adam Armstrong played for The Toon from 2006 to 2018, before joining Rovers on a permanent basis after a successful loan spell.

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“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,” Mowbray 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.”


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