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Stephen Robinson says his team can enjoy Rovers clash

9 August 2021

Club News

Stephen Robinson says his team can enjoy Rovers clash

9 August 2021

The Shrimps boss believes his side head into the Carabao Cup first round tie at Ewood Park under no pressure.

The club kick off its Carabao Cup campaign away at fellow Lancashire side Blackburn Rovers, and manager Stephen Robinson is excited at the prospect.

Whilst Tuesday’s opposition are an established Sky Bet Championship side, Robinson believes the confidence taken from last weekend’s tie with Ipswich Town can stand his side in good stead.

“Another hard, hard game for us, our start was always going to be difficult but an exciting one again,” he said.

“It’s not too far up the road so we can go and enjoy ourselves, we’re under no pressure, I think we proved on Saturday we can certainly compete but we’re going to have to produce another performance like that.

“Blackburn are a good side, I watched them against Leeds and Tony Mowbray is a very good manager so we’re going to have to be at the top of our game to try and get a result.

“They had a very good result [on Saturday], we’ve seen the game and as I said, I’ve seen them live against Leeds and they’re a good side, they’ve got very good young players, some exciting players so we’re under no illusions it’s a tough game for us, but we’ve got absolutely nothing to lose.”

Having guided former side Motherwell to both of Scotland’s domestic cup finals in 2017/18, the Morecambe chief is keen to replicate his achievements with the Shrimps.

“It would be great, we got to two cup finals so It’s decent omens!” Robinson added.

“First and foremost, we just have to be competitive against Blackburn and make sure we try and take the game to them, possibly a little bit more than we did against Ipswich, take all the good points from that game and learn from the things we can do better from.

“The difference is there’s a long way to go to win cup competitions here, I think of maybe four or five rounds in Scotland before you get to the cup final, there’s a lot of hurdles to overcome and the first one being Blackburn.”

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