Sunday 26 January 2020

Rochdale hoping for Toon shock

Aaron Wilbraham. Photo: Getty Images
Aaron Wilbraham. Photo: Getty Images

Rochdale's 40-year-old headline-maker Aaron Wilbraham claims the pressure is all on Newcastle as the sides prepare to meet again in the FA Cup tonight.

Wilbraham came off the bench to snatch a late equaliser against the Magpies and take their third-round tie to a replay at St James' Park.

Rochdale are currently 18th in League One, 49 places below Premier League Newcastle on the football ladder, and Wilbraham feels they have nothing to lose.

The former Norwich and Crystal Palace striker said: "We're really looking forward to it. It's going to be a great experience for the lads and the supporters and everyone involved with Rochdale.

"We can go there with no fear after the way we played in the second half. The pressure is on Newcastle, their fans will be expecting them to beat us. We've got to try to enjoy the underdog tag and hopefully get the result."

Rochdale held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup in September before losing on penalties.

  • Newcastle United v Rochdale, BBC1, 8.05

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