Bolton boss Dougie Freedman relishing prospect of tie with Everton
Bolton boss Dougie Freedman hopes the prospect of a tie with Everton will act as sufficient motivation for his side.
Last Updated: 15/01/13 7:29pm
The Trotters looked set to stroll through nine days ago when they opened up a 2-0 lead only for goals from Connor Wickham and Craig Gardner in the last half-an-hour to force a replay.
And Freedman believes the chance to play Everton will spur his side on having dropped out of the top division last May.
"To play these games against Premier League teams just reminds the lads what we're missing," said the former Crystal Palace boss.
"It's always good - I feel it just shows them we're jealous of where they (the opposition) are and want to get back up there as soon as possible. It's a little reminder of what we're missing out on."
"It'll be tough but, listen, football's tough," he said. "If you've not got thick skin then you might as well step out of this game because it's a tough environment where you've got to match teams that are not going to give you an inch.
"We feel in the first game we played very well for 70 minutes against a Premier League side. We were 2-0 up and I felt that we possibly deserved to take the game.
"We'll go up there full of confidence knowing that if we produce what we produced at home then we've got a chance of winning this game."