Evatt | We Have To Earn Everything

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Ian Evatt will send his players out to try and earn an FA Cup shock when they take on Luton Town tonight (Tuesday), writes Pete Oliver.

Wanderers face the Premier League side in a third-round replay at the Toughsheet Community Stadium (KO 7.45pm) with the winners going to face either Everton or Crystal Palace in round four.

It’s the latest in a line of big games for the Whites, who are also into the quarter-finals of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy and challenging for promotion in League One.

Evatt knows nothing will come easy but the Wanderers’ boss wants his side to try and keep up their fight on all fronts on the back of their current six-match unbeaten run.

“Everything is a priority,” Evatt told Wanderers TV. “The next game is the biggest priority and that's the mindset and mentality we have to have. People are worried about fixture congestion it doesn't make any difference to us.

“We enjoy playing football and we want to win football matches. That's what we're in the game to do. Supporters want to see us do that and we have to make sure we do our best to achieve it. No-one is going to give anything to us this season, we have to go and earn it.

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“We're going to have to earn it, but we are willing to do that and all I see is positivity around the group and looking forward to these games, embracing these games and we'll give it our best shot.

“It's a huge game for this football club. Financially it’s a huge reward for the winner -especially in terms of us - and we'll be doing all we can to try and make that happen.”

Wanderers matched Luton in the first meeting at Kenilworth Road when a 0-0 draw set up tonight’s return and a first visit to the Toughsheet Community Stadium for the Hatters.

Rob Edwards’ side has since drawn at Burnley in the Premier League to enhance their survival hopes and Evatt knows his side will have to raise their levels again to have any chance of an upset.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game, as we know,” added the Whites’ boss. “They are a Premier League team going very well and a Premier League team that played very well at Burnley on Friday and deserved to win the game, in my opinion.

“There are very few secrets between the two teams. I think both will play the way they always play, with the same ideology. There will be one or two tweaks to try and do things slightly better from the first game, from both teams, and who executes the best on the night will win.

“It was a very even game (at Luton). They know now what to expect, which probably makes it even more difficult for us. We have to better that performance to win tonight, but I think we're capable of doing that.

“This home crowd will be right behind us and the players are looking forward to performing to the best of our abilities and I’m sure it will be a good game.”

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