Steve Evans said it was last minute decision to stay and watch Stevenage's EFL Trophy with Crystal Palace and not take in the FA Cup replay between Burton Albion and Port Vale.

The two games clashed and with Boro already out of the newly-named Bristol Street Motors, the boss felt he would be better suited to take in the match which would decide their next opponents in the famous old competition.

However, second thoughts and a compulsion to be there for his team, meant he stayed at the Lamex.

And he was pleased he did, with Boro running away to a 5-2 victory.

"It was great," said Evans, "for a number of key factors. 

"We got a lot of minutes into players that are fighting for a place in the team and that’s why [I didn’t go to the replay]. 

"The chairman told me on Sunday morning ‘absolutely, get yourself up to Burton and watch the replay’. 

"But I kept thinking about it for 24 to 48 hours and I kept going back to Rayns and Revs and kept thinking if we’re setting them a carrot of getting in the team then the boys would want me to watch it. 

"I thought that was important so that's why I came here."

And if the carrot was dangled, then there plenty wanting to take a nibble.

The boss said: "Before the game I told the players it was important that you make the staff consider what our real options are. 

"Lincoln is a different kettle of fish to Wycombe. It's a different type of opposition and we've tried to attribute our teams [to each one].

"That's why managers pay us compliments when they say they don't know whether going to be five at the back or three, of our up front or three.

"That's how we pick the team, we look really, really deeply at the opposition."