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Former Saints star out to end FA Cup jinx
6:00am Tuesday 14th January 2014 in Football
The central midfielder knows all about the dangers of facing lower-league opposition after enduring a fourth round tie to forget with Norwich City last season.
Ex-Saints favourite Surman and his Premier League colleagues were on the receiving end when Scott Rendell netted to hand Conference club Luton a shock 1-0 win at Carrow Road.
That was only the latest in a dire sequence of FA Cup exits against lower tier opposition Surman has suffered.
In his first two seasons at Carrow Road, Norwich also lost at home to lower division opponents in Leicester and Leyton Orient.
During his sole season at Wolves, in 2009/10, Surman was on the bench when his Premier League club were stunned 3-1 at second tier Crystal Palace.
Ex-St Mary’s defender Danny Butterfield played up front for Palace and scored a seven-minute hat-trick in the second half.
Prior to that, Surman was part of the Saints side that suffered a humiliating fifth round exit at third tier Bristol Rovers in February 2008.
That was the day Rickie Lambert first alerted Saints fans to his ability by scoring the winner.
Surman will be aiming to banish all those dismal memories by featuring in a cup victory when Cherries host the in-form Brewers tonight (7.45pm).
Cherries and Burton also have the added incentive of a lucrative televised home showdown with Liverpool awaiting the winners in the fourth round on January 25.
The Brewers will arrive for the rearranged Dean Court clash in the League Two promotion places and on the back of an 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Surman says Cherries must adopt the right approach as they attempt to immediately respond following their 3-0 Championship defeat at Wigan on Saturday.
He said: “It is always dangerous. I am sure everyone says it but teams from the lower leagues raise their game against the teams above them.
“If you are not on it, they will take you apart. You have to be careful. I found out first hand last season. Luton came to Norwich and played very well. We weren’t at it and they beat us 1-0.
“You have to be very careful but as long as we go into the game with the right mental attitude and carry on doing the things we do week in, week out in the league, then we are positive about the game.
“I haven’t got that far in the competition. There are probably not great memories for me but, hopefully, we can turn that round.”
Cherries and Burton will be playing for £67,500 in prize money as well as the chance to test themselves against the likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard.
Surman said: “We are trying not to look too far ahead. If we beat Burton, it is a great incentive, but we don’t want to look too much further ahead.”
Surman made his eighth successive start for Cherries at Wigan and he is hoping Eddie Howe’s men can quickly put that loss behind them.
The 27-year-old added: “In the past few games, we had set our standards high and we didn’t quite reach those standards on Saturday.”
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