Cork's Brian Barry-Murphy is looking forward to seeing his side take on Newcastle tonight in the FA Cup

Cork's Brian Barry-Murphy is looking forward to seeing his side take on Newcastle tonight in the FA Cup
Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy is looking forward to taking on Newcastle tonight in St James Park

CORK'S Brian Barry-Murphy says his Rochdale players are giddy with excitement ahead of tonight's FA Cup third-round replay at Newcastle.

The League One club earned a trip to St James' Park when 40-year-old striker Aaron Wilbraham scored a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Spotland earlier this month.

It is a second glamorous away day for Dale this season after they played Manchester United - and took them to penalties - in the Carabao Cup in September.

Dale manager Barry-Murphy told the PA news agency: "Since Saturday's game everyone's been talking about what's going to come on Tuesday night, and obviously there's a giddy excitement amongst our players of anticipation.

"The first game at our home stadium was amazing really and felt kind of like a cup final appearance for our town. Hopefully that will be the same again.

"We've brought huge numbers to our away games this season and Old Trafford was probably the pinnacle, so I think the general feeling among the players is, if we can get anything like that support again it will be a memorable occasion irrespective of the result."

Barry-Murphy believes his side can really trouble Newcastle if they produce a similar level of performance.

He said: "We're very confident we can play even better and give a better account of ourselves and make everyone proud.

"But the big variable - and big problem - is probably that Newcastle will too, and be even better in their home stadium."

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