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Blackburn Draw Arsenal or Bolton!

Blackburn Rovers have been handed an away trip to either Arsenal or Bolton Wanderers in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The reward (if you can call it that!) for seeing off Luton Town in round four with a comprehensive 4-0 win is the very tough away trip to either Arsenal or Bolton who replay in a couple of weeks.

So the potential of being one of the first finalists at the new Wembley is still a possibility although the likelihood is our midweek opponents Chelsea (after another home draw against lower League opponents) will almost certainly still be in the draw when the Quarter Finals come around should we get that far...

So the fifth round draw in full is as follows:

Chelsea v Blackpool or Norwich City
Watford v Ipswich Town
Preston North End v Manchester City
Plymouth Argyle v Derby County
Manchester United v Reading
Arsenal or Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers
Bristol City or Middlesbrough v West Bromwich Albion
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur

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Date:Monday January 29 2007
Time: 1:44PM


I think we'd rather play Bolton if we are honest although both teams will offer great degrees of difficulty. However on our day we can give anyone a game and could beat anyone!
Hughes Da Man
29/01/2007 13:47:00
The only solace we can derive from this is that Wenger will play his kids and a full strength Rovers side should see of those pesky kids. Bolton, however may guarentee that we are at least on the Beeb next time again. Not the best draw we couldve got, ah well
29/01/2007 13:48:00
I think Bolton could beat Arsenal at the Reebok in the replay as they have 3 times in the past year haven't they. Arsenal are flying at the moment so I'd rather avoid them as I couldn't see Wenger playing the kids in the FA Cup if I'm honest BomBom. I'd think either way Rovers will have a live TV tie? You've got to beat the best to win haven't you so bring 'em on!
Hughes Da Man
29/01/2007 13:55:00
'You've got to beat the best' Unless you are Chelsea of course, then you just have to beat whatever lower league teams are left.
29/01/2007 14:05:00
See you at the grove. Nah, thats probably being a bit to cocky but we have to win there sometime, what better time than the present. I know that you have learnt to play football over the last few seasons with players like Pedersen, Emerton and McCarthy but seriously watching you play Bolton, not exactly a match for the ages. That'd be like watching Scotland play England B, British football at its worst. No Savage though, which after that display against us i cant say im to sorry bout, but if we do lose i'll be supporting the Rovers.
Ozi Gooner
29/01/2007 14:17:00
I think that's a little unfair Ozi. The game at the Emirates against Blackburn was a true classic and both teams played the game the way it should be played. Bearing in mind Benni was injured, and at that time Derbyshire hadn't broken through, they attacked us from the off. The Ewood match was in awful conditions and both teams still tried to play football.
29/01/2007 14:24:00
Why are so many fans of so many other clubs so narrow mined to others and blinkered to the clubs around them? Rovers are my concern but I still look around and watch ANY team anytime and will appreciate what they do, and give them credit when due. Bolton are such an annoying team to play because of the way they do play but they are much more than the tag they've been handed, much like ourselves they are due more respect!! Honestly I'd rather Arsenal beat Bolton but from a footballing point of view I'd want Bolton as our chances of the Quarter Finals and beyond would increase. No matter what you say Ozi Gooner I think Bolton - Blackburn would be a good game, when it happens (should they beat you) you'll see!
Hughes Da Man
29/01/2007 14:30:00
Thank you hatespur! As for your point on Chelsea they've had quite an easy rid so far haven't they (with respect to who they've played and will play.)
Hughes Da Man
29/01/2007 14:33:00
i'm not saying Blackburn are crap i'd like to have another go at them and the first game at the grove 'was' a classic, and the score line flattered us hugely, it could have very easily finished 3-3. My point was we have to win at Bolton sooner or later, and not that playing Rovers would be a bad unpretty match like the recent game at Ewood but that if it were Bolton v Blackburn, Rovers would be forced to resort back to the uglier style of football to counteract Boltons style which could make that fixture very far from a classic.
Ozi Gooner
29/01/2007 14:33:00
Why would we have to resort to an "uglier style" of play ozi? If Arsenal don't need to do this to counter Bolton why should we? We can play football of the highest quality too you know!
Hughes Da Man
29/01/2007 14:38:00
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