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Blackburn boss Michael Appleton said his side's 1-1 draw with Brighton was the perfect preparation for their FA Cup clash at Arsenal on Saturday.

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Michael Appleton: Blackburn boss looking ahead to Arsenal

Michael Appleton: Blackburn boss looking ahead to Arsenal

A second-half penalty from Vicente rescued a point for the hosts after defender Scott Dann had headed Rovers ahead against the run of play midway through the first half.

"It's an ideal warm-up. We'll have to concede a lot of territory against Arsenal but we want to be part of an attractive tie," said Appleton.

"Our quality was not a good as when we played Ipswich last Saturday but, as the away side, we're bound to be a lot happier with the result than Brighton.

"Six or seven weeks ago we would have lost a game like that 4-1 or 5-1. There's more about us now.

"We had to deal with a lot of balls in the box and we showed a lot of steel."

Appleton insisted he is not thinking about the possibility of making the play-offs at this stage, adding: "It would be different if we had six games to play, but we have 15 matches to go with a lot to play this month.

"We are a work in progress at the minute. Our work ethic not to lose is good and important and we have enough quality to win away games."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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