VIDEO: We’ll pick our strongest team for Stevenage tie, says Horton

FA Cup romanticist Brian Horton says Rovers must focus on their strengths to avoid being slayed by giantkillers Stevenage.

The League One side will arrive at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow with a cup pedigree but assistant boss Horton is refusing to even contemplate a slip-up.

Brian Horton. Picture: Andrew Roe

Brian Horton. Picture: Andrew Roe

Horton said: “It’ll be a tough game. Graham Westley came out with the statement that it’s the worst draw they could have had. That’s what he said. But we just need to win the game.

“They’re a strong side but if we play like we did at QPR then we can beat anyone in the Championship or lower down, so we just have to focus on ourselves.

“We’ve obviously had them watched but the priority is to look after ourselves. It’s not what they do, it’s what we do.

“It shouldn’t be a banana skin. We should beat them.

“We’re at home, the pitch is perfect and we want the lads to go out and play like they did at Loftus Road, particularly in the first half.

“It’s a big game for us, and there’s some big prize money at stake,” he added.

“For me the FA Cup is the best competition you can ever take part in as a player or a manager.

“I went to watch Wigan against Manchester City last year and I love going to Wembley to watch the FA Cup final - it’s a magnificent spectacle.

“Some clubs don’t give it the respect it deserves. I’ve never understood that. If I’m a player I want to win every game.

“It’s a fantastic competition and we won’t be putting the fringe players in or rotating. We’ll be picking our strongest team.”

Third round winners receive £67,500 in prize money.

Chris Brown is likely to replace Theo Robinson (twisted knee) in the starting line-up.

Harry Forrester is favourite to deputise for Federico Macheda who has returned to Manchester United.

Video courtesy of RoversPlayer and Rovers’ YouTube channel.