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Michael Appleton says Blackburn cannot afford to relax when they head to Arsenal as big outsiders for their FA Cup fifth-round tie on Saturday.

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Michael Appleton: No relaxing for Rovers at Arsenal this weekend

Michael Appleton: No relaxing for Rovers at Arsenal this weekend

Appleton is taking the trip to north London seriously despite there being less pressure on Rovers to succeed in the cup than there is to get the club out of the Championship.

"It is a situation where we'll have a lot of fans travelling down to Arsenal on Saturday expecting the players to put in a right shift and give everything for the football club like they did on Tuesday," said Appleton.

"When you arrive at the stadium, you feel the buzz of the FA Cup, all of a sudden you genuinely believe that maybe this is another game that we can win.

"You just don't know, if Arsenal have an off day and we have a good day then you find yourself in the last eight and all your worries as to whether this is a game too much will be gone. We'd have a last eight cup tie maybe at Ewood Park against another big boy.

"I don't want to get ahead of myself, we've got a game against a side that has probably put five or six goals past five Premier League sides already this season.

"So if we go there and think we are going to enjoy ourselves we'll get spanked.

"It is going to be a hard day for us but hopefully with a little bit of lady luck on the day and strong refereeing we might have a chance."

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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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