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Boss Won't Underestimate Boro

Martinez says Blues will need to 'earn' a win on Wednesday.

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Roberto Martinez insists Stevenage’s victory over Ipswich Town in the Capital One Cup first round serves notice that the League One side cannot be underestimated on Wednesday evening.

Boro travel to Goodison Park after producing one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s previous stage when eliminating the Championship promotion hopefuls with an unexpected 2-0 win at Broadhall Way.

Stevenage had started their league campaign with three straight defeats but Martinez believes their triumph over the Tractor Boys, along with a weekend win at Notts County, is evidence their season is starting to gain some positive momentum.

“They [Stevenage] had a very successful first round,” Martinez told evertontv. “To beat a Championship side like Ipswich Town, you are not going to do that by accident.

“They had another good result at the weekend and scored a late winner away from home against Notts County, so it shows they are a team that know how to keep clean sheets and are well organised.

“I think their manager [Graham Westley] has allowed them to be really flexible on the pitch and you can see players playing in different positions. That adds to what they are.

“Deep down they have got a winning mentality that has developed over the last few years. They have had success with promotions.

“We know we are going to face a side with no fear and one that will have a real intent to get through to the next round.”

Twelve months ago, Everton had no problems easing past lower league opposition when they thrashed Leyton Orient 5-0 at Goodison Park in the corresponding round of the League Cup.

However, Martinez is mindful of the problems underdogs can cause – a case in point highlighted by Bradford City’s quest to the final last season.

The Bantams, League Two at the time, knocked out Martinez’s Wigan Athletic in the fourth round before later sending Arsenal and Aston Villa crashing out of the competition.

Martinez added: “I think it’s the nature of the competition. As you saw last season, there are teams that go on very good runs and that divisional status counts for very little on the day.

“Stevenage are already in a successful way of approaching this competition, as I mentioned about beating a Championship side and keeping a clean sheet.

“I don’t see the game on Wednesday being a Premier League side against a League One side – it’s just the second round of a competition where you need to be at your best and earn every single aspect of your play, and that’s the way we are going to approach it.”

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