Stevenage expect to face strong Everton side in Capital One Cup tonight

Graham Westley. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Graham Westley. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

STEVENAGE boss Graham Westley expects to face a strong Everton side tonight in the Capital One Cup second round, although he doubts Manchester United transfer targets Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini will play a part at Goodison Park.

The duo have been the subject of a reported £28million bid from ex-Toffees and now United manager David Moyes.

Westley said: “I think you can anticipate what side they are going to put out.

“[Everton manager] Roberto Martinez won the FA Cup last year [with Wigan Athletic] and he didn’t do that by playing weakened sides.

“He’s at a new club and I’m sure he’ll want to do well with his new club.

“Clubs like Everton treat competitions like this very seriously.

“I’m sure we’ll see a strong side on the field from them for all those reasons and we know with the players they’ve got that it’ll be a tough job. “We can obviously doubt that the lads that are subject to big bids are going to play, why would you do that?

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“With those exceptions I can imagine a very strong side being out there.”

Of his own team, who picked up their first Sky Bet League 1 win of the season on Saturday at Notts County, Westley added: “When you talk about confidence, we’re all realistic enough to know what they’re all about, the qualities that they’ve got and how tough a job it’s going to be.

“We’ll prepare ourselves and we’ll believe in ourselves because that’s the only way you’ve got a chance to get anything out of any game is to get yourself right for the game in hand.”

Taking on the Merseysiders in their own back yard appears a daunting task, but Westley is adamant his players must focus on their own game.

“It’s not going to be about them, it’s going to have to be about us,” he said.

“We can’t go there worrying about the names that we’re going to play against and the environment that we’re going to be in.

“We’ve got to go there and decide to own the football and try and work the football and play to the best of our abilities.

“Get players out there who are fit for the job in hand, and that’s what we’ll do.”

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