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Gary Rowett says lure of Liverpool will make cup tie harder for Burton Albion

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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GARY Rowett says drawing Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round will make it even harder for his Burton Albion side to pull off a shock and beat Bournemouth in their rearranged third-round tie.

The Brewers visit Dean Court again on Tuesday after the original tie with the Championship Cherries was postponed on Saturday.

With Premier League giants Liverpool waiting in the next round, the game has been chosen for live television coverage.

Upwards of £200,000 in prize money, gate receipts and TV revenue will go to the winners, and Rowett reckons Bouyrnemouth will go even harder at his side.

“It’s a carrot for the players for sure,” said the Albion boss. “Who wouldn’t want to play in a game of that magnitude?

“But it will be exactly the same for Bournemouth.

“They will be just as keen to get through to face Liverpool.

“Eddie (Howe) may have rested three or four if the game on Saturday had gone ahead.

“What he does next Tuesday, I’m not sure now with the rewards on offer.

“We will have to think about that, too.

“If the tie had gone ahead we might have been forced into two or three changes.

“We’ll have to think about how we gauge it for Tuesday.”

However, Cherries boss Howe insists he will be sticking to his original FA Cup game plan.

Both clubs stand to receive a broadcast fee of £144,000, while the winners of the third-round match will bank £67,500 in prize money, plus 45 per cent of the net gate receipts.

Howe has already stated the FA Cup is not his main priority, but has also said he will be taking the competition “very seriously”.

Howe, pictured above, was expected to make changes for Saturday’s showdown with the Brewers, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, and has no plans to change his approach for the rearranged game next week.

He said: “We prepare for every game to give the best performance we can and to win, regardless of who we are playing.

“We prepared for Saturday’s tie the same way as we would have for a league game.

“I was planning to rotate the squad but with players who won promotion from League One last season.

“I have been tweaking things throughout the season, using different players for different games, so I am sure it will be no different for Burton.

“The end result is that we desperately want to win for all sorts of reasons.

“We want to progress in the Cup and there is a financial reward at the end of it.

“I don’t think you can ever prepare for a game thinking about money.

“It is never about that for coaches or players.

“You want to take pride in your preparation and performance and they are the key things we look at.

“We will be doing everything we can to win for the good of the club.”

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