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McCann relishing Crystal Palace challenge

28 January 2019

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Rovers manager Grant McCann is hoping to give fans another memorable day at the Keepmoat Stadium after being paired with Premier League side Crystal Palace in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Rovers will take on the Eagles with a place in the quarter-finals of the world's most famous cup competition at stake, and McCann hopes to see more of the same incredible backing which helped his side past Oldham Athletic on Saturday to reach the last 16.

He said: "A packed out Keepmoat Stadium would be unbelievable - hopefully we can do it again, get everyone in and get behind us.

"It's a good draw and a big chance for the boys, a real chance to have a good go and see what we can do. We've got absolutely nothing to lose - we'll give it a good go."

The Rovers boss has mixed history against the Premier League side, and is looking forward to testing himself against the former England manager Roy Hodgson.

He added: "I've not come across Roy much, though he he did come to one of the training sessions when I was with Northern Ireland - maybe when Sammy McIlroy was in charge.

"I've some good history with Palace myself, the year with Peterborough when we first went up to the Championship I scored the winner against them at London Road in August 2011. But then we also got relegated on the last day of the season with a record number of points after a 3-2 loss there a few years later. So I've had some good and bad days against Palace."

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