The FA Cup brings out the best in us - Westley

Graham Westley looks over towards the Boro fans

Graham Westley looks over towards the Boro fans - Credit: Archant

Stevenage fans can expect a big performance on Saturday when the club welcomes non-league Stourbridge to the Lamex Stadium with a place in the third round of the FA Cup at stake.

Speaking ahead of the game, manager Graham Westley said the competition will bring out the best in his players.

“Stevenage places a great emphasis on the cup. We have a passion for the Cup and we have to win games in the competition to compete in the league on a financial level,” he said.

“The FA Cup is very import for our club; to any small club in League One as we have the financial aspect to think about, we’re certainly like that.

“It’s also important because the FA Cup is so special. It brings the best out in us; we’ve showed already this season and in the past.”

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He added: “We will be strong for the weekend; we’ve had a good week and done a lot of work but we’ll make sure we’re ready and firing for 3pm on Saturday.

“It is a great opportunity at home and we intend to be right at the top of our game – I wouldn’t want to be in our way.”

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Stourbridge, who play their league football in the Calor Southern Premier Division, come into the game on the back of a 2-0 loss Burnham on Tuesday but they beat Weymouth 7-0 on Saturday.

“We concentrate on ourselves and our game,” said Westley.

“To win we have to be towards out best. You have to work hard to beat any club in the Seconr round of the cup. They’re going to want it badly and to beat any club that wants it badly you have to want it bad yourselves.

“We’ve been that ambitious club for a long time and our ambition still burns really strong and when you have that at the heart of the side you can put in a good performance.”

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