If Nuneaton Borough manager Roger Ashby needed any reminding of the importance of the FA Cup replay at Histon tonight a snaking queue of supporters around the ground provided it.
About 200 Boro fans were left disappointed on Monday night when Boro sold out their allocation of 700 tickets for the match in Cambridge which will be played before a 3,000-strong full house.
Ashby said: "We could have sold doubled our allocation. The lads were training at the ground and we could see the queues for tickets. It just shows the magic of the FA Cup - it has caught everybody's attention."
Tonight's prize is a home third-round game against Premiership opposition in the shape of Steve McClaren's Middlesbrough, but Ashby has been keen to ensure his squad's concentration has been on taking things one game at a time.
He said last night: "The incentive for Histon and ourselves is huge. Everybody wants to play against Middlesbrough and get the chance to play against Viduka, Hasselbaink and Yakubu and the rest but you can't look any further than 7.45 tomorrow at Histon.
"We've got to forget about Middlesbrough. We have got to focus completely on getting past Histon. If we get through, there will be plenty of time for Middlesbrough."
Ashby's main selection decisions will be centred on the attacking line-up. Gez Murphy proved his fitness after a hamstring injury in Saturday's win at Hinckley United while former Kidderminster Harriers forward Ian Foster also started his first league game for Boro. Michael Frew also comes into contention after a thigh strain.
The only absentee from Boro's ranks is David Blenkinsopp, who is recovering from a broken ankle.
The sides drew 2-2 at Manor Park ten days ago in a roller- coaster affair but Nationwide South opponents Histon might be slight bookmakers' favourites tonight.
Boro are looking to reach the third round for the first time in four decades and Ashby is looking forward to a thrilling contest tonight.
He said: "They probably weren't expected to win coming to Nuneaton but, now they are the home side, the odds have changed. Having said that, our away form has been exceptional. We are certainly not frightened of them."