FA Cup: Wrexham aiming to shock Blackburn Rovers for fans 'all over the world'

Elliot Lee takes a selfie with his player-of-the-match award in Wrexham's round three win at Shrewsbury
Elliot Lee takes a selfie with his player-of-the-match award in Wrexham's round three win at Shrewsbury

FA Cup fourth round: Blackburn Rovers v Wrexham

Venue: Ewood Park, Blackburn Date: Monday, 29 January Kick-off: 19:30 GMT

Coverage: Live on BBC One Wales, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Sounds, BBC Sport website and app, plus live text

Midfielder Elliot Lee says League Two Wrexham aim to deliver an FA Cup shock for their followers "all over the world" in Monday's fourth-round tie at Blackburn Rovers.

Wrexham will be backed by 7,000 travelling supporters at Ewood Park as they face Rovers for the right to host Newcastle United in the fifth round.

Wrexham have gained a band of new fans since being taken over by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

"It's incredible," said Lee.

"It's what makes Wrexham amazing to be part of, the support we get not only here but all over the world. We have all heard about the support we are taking on Monday night.

"Honestly as a player, it makes such a difference knowing you have that support behind you.

"All we want to do is work hard for the badge and repay that support."

Away tickets for the Blackburn tie have sold out, with Wrexham's fans hoping for another cup triumph at a Championship ground after last season's thrilling victory at Coventry City in round three.

Phil Parkinson's side were in the National League at the time, but went on to draw with Premier League-bound Sheffield United in the fourth round before bowing out in a replay at Bramall Lane.

"It's all about trying to put on a great show, like we did at Coventry last year, and hopefully that can give us another good result," added Lee, Wrexham's 13-goal leading scorer.

"We have never seen a cup run as a distraction. If anything it makes us better, it gives us confidence playing these higher-league teams.

"Last year, we were a National League side and took Sheffield United, top of the Championship, all the way.

"I just think there's nothing like the FA Cup."

Rovers play 'a gambling style'

Having won the National League title last season to end a 15-year exile from the English Football League, Wrexham are once more in the hunt for promotion.

The team lying second in League Two take on a Blackburn side who reached the quarter-finals of last season's FA Cup before their run was ended by Sheffield United.

In the Championship, meanwhile, Rovers missed out on a play-off place on goal difference - but this campaign has been more of a struggle.

Jon Dahl Tomasson's team are 18th in the second tier having won only one of their last 10 league games.

"The style they play is a gambling style," said former Blackburn striker Kevin Gallacher, who is now a pundit.

"It allows opposition sides opportunities and if they take opportunities, they finish up on the losing end.

"Jon Dahl has wanted the club to spend some money. It's not been allowed to happen and he's been having to go in the loan market, giving development players opportunities, and he has been hit with injuries.

"He has not been able to hit the dizzy heights as he did last season, so the fans have got a little bit of a, let's say, runny tummy at the moment with how the form is."

Gallacher, a Premier League winner with Blackburn, says financial issues at the Lancashire club mean Tomasson will be desperate to overcome Wrexham.

"He is taking this game seriously," Gallacher added on BBC Radio Wales Sport.

"He has one or two injuries so has to roll the dice with one or two players, where he is lacking in certain areas.

"But Blackburn got to the quarter-finals last year and brought a bit of income to the club which is very much needed at the moment, so I would imagine he will want to try to get back to at least the quarter-finals."

Gallacher believes Wrexham's sizeable away following has "added a bit of spice" to Monday's tie.

"Blackburn Rovers fans can't believe that a team in the lower leagues are bringing so many people," he added.

"They are bringing 7,000 fans. Cambridge in the last round brought two men and a dog and I think they left the dog outside.

"But you go back a few years, Wrexham are a big side in Wales and their following is fantastic. They have hit the depths and now they are swimming back to the surface again."