Struggling Boro will be up for the cup if Westley has his way

Graham Westley for Stevenage FC
Graham Westley for Stevenage FC

They might also be facing struggles at the wrong end of their division, but Rovers should not expect Stevenage to have their eye off the ball in the FA Cup this weekend.

Boss Graham Westley has been keen to bang the drum about the importance of the competition for a club of Boro’s size.

Westley was in charge of Stevenage when they reached the fifth round in 2012, ultimately going out to Tottenham after a replay at White Hart Lane.

And he is encouraging his side to go on another run to help leave a legacy at Broadhall Way.

“We see this as a really important time with the FA Cup being massive for this club,” Westley said. “It could be argued the run we were on the last time I was here paid for the training ground.

“If you look at the funds that were raised and look at the training ground, we know that the FA Cup can do big things for a football club like ours.

“We are under no illusions about that.

“We thrive under the pressure of knowing those games can mean so much for the football club.

“It’s a fabulous opportunity for us.

“It’s an opportunity for everybody who is part of what we’re doing to leave a mark on the club, not just today but for the future.”

Boro saw their clash with Gillingham on New Year’s Day called off due to bad weather.

Westley was seen watching Rovers’ 2-1 defeat at QPR in the stands at Loftus Road.

His side has won just once in their last eight matches and sit bottom of League One.

The club are looking to ease the strain on their playing budget by selling players this month.