We'll be ready for Wembley - Westley
Boro boss Graham Westley is determined not to let the Wembley occasion distract his players from the task at hand on Saturday – taking the FA Trophy back to The Lamex Stadium. The build-up to a final at the home of English football is so different to any
Boro boss Graham Westley is determined not to let the Wembley occasion distract his players from the task at hand on Saturday - taking the FA Trophy back to The Lamex Stadium.
The build-up to a final at the home of English football is so different to any other game that there is a danger that some players get sucked into the event and lose focus of what they are there to do.
While Westley wants his side to enjoy the day, he has warned his squad it is not something they will look back upon fondly if they end up with a loser's medal.
"It's all about winning on the day," said Westley. "The trouble with Wembley is everyone is talking about getting there and everyone's excited having got there and you've got to remember to win there because anyone who's been here and lost will tell you it's not a good experience.
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"If you're going to come to Wembley you really need to come and be a winner and we need to get our focus right on the day and do what we need to do to win.
"Most people dream of going there as a player. I certainly did but never made it and to get the opportunity as a manager is fantastic. As a kid you dream of being involved in a Wembley final so nothing will take away from the occasion.
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"We're all determined to make sure we enjoy the day but we're professional enough to realise we've got a job to do in the meantime."
Boro have earned the right to be in the final having negotiated a tricky path to Wembley leaving the likes of Burton Albion, Forest Green and Ebbsfleet United in their wake.
While some commentators will argue the Trophy presents something of an easy route to Wembley, Westley believes Boro deserve their moment in the spotlight.
"I think any team that gets to the final, whether it be York City, or Portsmouth and Cardiff, who met last year in the FA Cup, have done tremendously well.
"Ok, it's only six games to get here but they've still had to do it and show consistency over that period of time so any finalist is there on merit. We're here on merit. York are here on merit and the best side will win on the day."
With the likes of Mitchell Cole and Scott Laird missing out due to suspension, the Boro boss is likely to have to fit a couple of square pegs in round holes down the left hand side.
Lawrie Wilson filled in at left back when Laird was sent off against Cambridge and he could be handed the same task again while one of Michael Bostwick, Gary Mills or Darren Murphy could play just in front of him unless Eddie Anaclet is brought in from the cold.
Junior Mendes is unavailable for the final as he joined the club after the player registration deadline had passed for the competition.