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13 January 2014

Boss in relaxed mood ahead of cup game

Brewers boss Gary Rowett is relaxed about his team’s chances as they travel to AFC Bournemouth tomorrow night in the FA Cup with Budweiser, (7.45pm).

“It’s a game that we can go into and enjoy. There’s no pressure on us and we know that there are great rewards on offer if we get through but I don’t think we can look at it like that.

“We need to go down there, be as competitive as we can and try and relax and play our football, as we did on Saturday against Cheltenham. We knocked it around nicely, found pockets of space and it’s important we do the same tomorrow night,” said Rowett.

Meanwhile, defender Zander Diamond is wary of the threat the Cherries will pose, but is confident that the team can come away with a win.

“Everybody knows the carrot that awaits us if we win, but I've played there before and it’s a difficult place to go to. 

“They've signed some energetic, tricky players and you can see their influence when you watch them. 

“We know it’s going to be a hard task but who’s to say we can’t go down there and compete? 

“The manager will have us well drilled on what we have to do, and with what we have at stake I'm sure we’ll have it drilled into us before kick-off that we have to win the game first and foremost,” Diamond said.

Cheltenham match-winner Dominic Knowles is under no illusions about what kind of test Tuesday’s tie will pose.

“It’ll be a very difficult game. Bournemouth like to pass it around and they have a lot of good payers. It’ll be a tough game but we have to put a performance in.

“I don’t remember how I found out about the draw, but obviously it’s a big game that could be on TV, but there’s no point in talking about it too much right now as we still have to go to Bournemouth and do a good job,” said Knowles.

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