This season’s Emirates FA Cup has so far proved to be very successful for Calvin Andrew, with the Rochdale forward having scored twice as well as bagging two assists.
Andrew’s header against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium earlier this month booked Dale’s place in the fourth round, and he admits there’s still something special about the competition.
“The FA Cup has always had something special about it, and it’s exciting to be a part of it. It’s very magical to say that I’ve played in it and scored it,” he told iFollow.
Next up for Dale is a trip to the Den to face Championship side Millwall. Andrew says the players are going there with a mentality that they can be successful.
“The Gaffer, the way he drills us, it doesn’t matter if you’re the underdog or the pressure is on you, we approach the game the same and you go out there with the foresight to try and win it.
“The mood is good and we’re still very confident, so we’re approaching this game with no other mentality than that we’re going there to try and win it. We’ll look to try and get a result against a very good team.”
Andrew spent a very short spell at the Den in 2010, on loan from Crystal Palace, and has fond memories of his time there.
“I was only there for a short time but I enjoyed my spell there. There were a lot of good players working there under Kenny Jackett – he had put together a good outfit.
“For some players, there can be an intimidating environment at the Den, but for me, it’s a great place to go and play football - I always enjoy it.”
Watch the full interview on iFollow.
Did you know: Calvin was part of the League One Luton Town team that held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road in the FA Cup third round in 2008. He also featured in the replay at Anfield 10 days later, which unfortunately saw the Hatters exit the competition to the Premier League side after a 5-0 defeat.
Click on the embedded Twitter link below to hear him discuss his memories of that 2008 tie.
🎥 Calvin Andrew was on interview duty this week, ahead of Saturday's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie.— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) January 26, 2018
Tune into iFollow to hear him discuss Dale's exploits in the competition so far, his short loan spell at the Den & his FA Cup memories.
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