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PAT READY FOR ROVERS RETURN

Posted on 9 January 2006  - 12:00

Pat Holland is well aware that Blackburn will be out for revenge as we kick-off this season’s FA Youth Cup campaign at Ewood Park tonight.

Pat Holland is well aware that Blackburn will be out for revenge as we kick-off this season’s FA Youth Cup campaign at Ewood Park tonight.

Rovers were highly fancied back in the 2001-02 season but fell at White Hart Lane in the quarter-finals as goals from Lee Barnard and John Sutton secured a 2-0 win.

We went on to lose to a Wayne Rooney-inspired Everton in the semi-finals and coach Pat believes Rovers will be using their quarter-final loss at the Lane as motivation this time around.

“I’m sure they will be reminding their lads of that defeat and will use it now they are at home on this occasion,†said Pat. “They will come at us from the off and we have to be prepared for that and match them.

It will be a tough one but it’s a great opportunity for the lads to walk out in a Premiership stadium and show what they can do

“Once again, it’s all about the learning curve for the kids, playing in a main stadium, under floodlights and I dare say they'll be a few people there including some of our coaching staff.

On the team news front, Pat has included four schoolboys in the travelling squad  Terry Dixon, Jake Livermore, David Hutton and Adam Holloway.

Simon Dawkins is back after a thigh injury and the doubts are Greg Lake and Radwan Hamed.

“It will be a great experience for the schoolboys,†added Pat. “I don’t remember having four in the squad for a Youth Cup game but the likes of Terry Dixon and Jake Livermore have played league games for us and done well, so I’d have no apprehension in putting them in.â€Â