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3 December 2017

Rodman hoping for good tie in the 3rd Round of the Emirates FA Cup

Alex Rodman has revealed he’s hoping Shrewsbury Town draw one of the Premier League big boys in the Emirates FA Cup third round, after Paul Hurst’s men booked their place in the hat with a 2-0 win over Morecambe on Saturday.

Town’s victory at the Montgomery Waters Stadium came courtesy of first-half goals from Rodman himself, and Shaun Whalley, who fired home from the spot.

Salop’s no.23 was keen to praise his team-mates’ efforts following the result that secured our passage into the third round.

“It’s job done,” he told reporters. “I’ve been in the lower league teams position plenty of times before, where you’ve got nothing to lose, so we always knew we’d have to be on it today.

“We’ve put in a professional performance today, Morecambe played some tidy stuff at times, but we’ve made it through to the next round, and that’s it.

“We got the clean sheet too, so I was pleased for Craig [MacGillivray] because he made a great save at the end and he deserved it.

“It was nice to get on the scoresheet again, it was a great ball in from Shaun [Whalley], he’d actually put one in a few minutes before, but I couldn’t quite get on the end of it, so it was pleasing to score.”

Rodman admitted he and the rest of Hurst’s squad will be keeping a close eye on the draw for the third round on Monday night, and that he was dreaming of an away tie at current Premier League champions Chelsea.

“We’ll be tuned in,” he said. “Chelsea away or something would be nice, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for that one.

“We played Manchester United a few seasons ago, when they’d just been beaten 6-1 by Manchester City, so [Sir Alex] Ferguson put out a strong side, and that was fantastic.

“So, even though we’ve played against some of the big boys before it would be nice to get another one – a Chelsea, or a Spurs or a Liverpool – someone like that.

“We don’t want to detract from the run we’re on in the league, because that is our main focus. But in the cup we’ve done what we set out to do, which is reach the third round and hopefully draw a big team.

“But if we don’t get a big team, there’s no reason why we cant progress again. It would be great for the club and the fans if we could do that, so we’ll look forward to the draw on Monday.”

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