Cheltenham Town can cause FA Cup upset against Everton
CHELTENHAM Town are capable of springing the biggest FA Cup upset in their history against Everton tonight, according to boss Mark Yates.
Yates will urge his players to enjoy the occasion of a televised third round tie against five-time winners of the competition, while insisting that his charges will not be content to simply make up the numbers at a sold out Abbey Business Stadium.
An away tie at either Bolton Wanderers or Sunderland is the reward for the victors and Yates believes his side can cause an upset and progress through to the fourth round for only the third time in the club's history.
He said: "There is an excitement around the place and rightly so, but we want to get through and beat Everton tonight, make no mistake about it,"
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"We want to go as far as we can in the FA Cup and hopefully the fact we've been drawn against Everton doesn't mean the end of our run because we have the capabilities to cause an upset.
"We want to enjoy it, but that doesn't mean we'll take a 2-0 defeat.
"I want us to do all we can to give ourselves a chance and at home we have a shot.
"There is going to be a crowd of about 6,900 and it's great for the public of Cheltenham to witness these stars in our own back yard because it's completely different to what we normally see. Hopefully we can scare them and knock them off their game, which will give us a chance."
Cheltenham have built up a favourable relationship with ever-present Premier League club Everton in recent years.
Brothers Courtney and Tyrone Duffus from Hester's Way, joined the Merseysiders last season after shining in the Robins' youth set-up, while left-back Luke Garbutt arrived on long-term loan at Cheltenham.
Having taken on the then Tottenham Hotpur boss Harry Redknapp a year ago, Yates said he cannot wait to go head-to-head with David Moyes.
"Everyone regards him as one of the best managers around and quite rightly so," Yates said. "He has been there for more than ten years and they have been going along nicely.
"I gather they are desperate to win something and it's up to us to try and stop them winning the FA Cup this year.
"I have met him (Moyes) a number of times and he's been fantastic so it'll be great to pit my wits against him."
Cheltenham are sweating over the fitness of midfielder Darren Carter, who twisted his ankle at Oxford United on New Year's Day, but Yates has no other injury worries.
He and his assistant Neil Howarth went to watch Everton play at Newcastle in their 2-1 victory on Wednesday night.
"Whoever plays, they will have quality in abundance and they are very professional, very pragmatic and we know they won't take us lightly because they've been very thorough in their preparations," Yates said.
"We had the cameras here against Hereford in the previous round with people looking for a giantkilling of us, but hopefully now the neutrals want to see the underdogs win and we will certainly give it our best shot."