Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst says the prospect of playing at Wembley should motivate not only his own side, but also Tuesday’s EFL Trophy semi-final visitors Yeovil Town.
Shrewsbury have not won at Wembley in three previous visits – and Hurst was part of the Rotherham side that caused the first of those defeats in 1996.
But he says the key to returning as manager is to not underestimate Yeovil. He told BBC Sport “We’re favourites. We can’t get away from that”
“To get to Wembley would be fantastic. It’s a fabulous prize that will certainly motivate Yeovil and it should motivate us too.”
“But the crowd have got their part to play. It’s no use thinking all they’ve got to do is turn up and we’ve won.”
“Yeovil have knocked out numerous sides from higher divisions and will be confident of doing it again.”
All Hurst asks from his side is that they put in the same sort of quality performance they served up at The Valley on Saturday in beating sixth-placed Charlton Athletic to end a wobbly run of just four points picked up in their previous four league games.
“We looked a really good side,” the 43-year-old added. “It was like watching the team earlier in the season.”
“Providing the game is on, given the weather forecast, it sets us up brilliantly for Tuesday.”
“It was a real effort from the players on the back of getting a little bit of criticism and looking as though they’re lacking confidence.”
“I had a few words with a few people during the week, to remember what had brought us our success earlier in the season.”
“A lot of people would have expected us to drop points, but, of all the top four sides to win on Saturday, ours was the biggest win.”