Steve Evans will be asking his boss for permission to miss Stevenage's EFL Trophy game with Crystal Palace - in order to cast an eye on their next FA Cup opponents.

Boro face the Eagles' youngsters on Tuesday at the Lamex Stadium in the now renamed Bristol Street Motors Cup.

At the same time, Burton Albion will kick-off against Port Vale in an FA Cup first round replay with the winners heading to Hertfordshire in round two on December 2.

That is where he would rather be but he first needs the nod of approval from the chairman.

Evans said: "We can’t go through in the competition, Palace can’t go through and I've got half an eye on the replay between Port Vale and Burton for myself. 

"I need to take instruction and counsel from my boss, Phil Wallace, as to whether I would be [best] served going there. 

"If the chairman wants me to fight and make sure we get some points on the board against Palace, then that's what I do. 

"If not then Paul [Raynor] will take the team and I'll be off to Burton. It’s not stick of rock country but it has the promise of a great game, a cup replay against other opposition from League One. 

"We have our eye on the third round so we have to make sure we do our due diligence for sure or we'll get caught out."

Whether there or not though, Evans believes this is the perfect opportunity for players to stick their hands up and make a bold claim on a starting jersey in both League One and the FA Cup.

The Boro boss said: "You look at the bench [at Wycombe] and there's three or four of the boys that I've not even stripped. 

"We took everyone that was available to us apart from Dan Sweeney and Harry Anderson who were doing an integrated fitness session, starting at 11 am and finishing [almost at 5pm]. 

"Those boys have been in the training ground building but other than that I made the decision to bring everyone [to Wycombe]. 

"I’ve always said, we are not Stevenage who only have 14 or 15 players. We are team Stevenage and that includes the young players that we've got, the experienced players and everyone else. 

"We are team Stevenage because we represent the town and the minute we forget that and don't do justice to these young men and treat them fairly, then I wouldn’t be doing my job."