Macclesfield Town manager Gary Simpson is daring to dream of a League Cup upset against Barclays Premier League side Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday.

The Silkmen were rewarded for their win over Hull City in round one, with a trip to Owen Coyle's stylish Bolton, but will be encouraged after seeing four Premier League sides lose out to lower league sides on Tuesday.

Simpson went to see The Trotters take on Manchester City during the weekend, and is keen that his side do themselves justice when given the opportunity.

"I think the most important thing is that we go there and enjoy ourselves," he said. "No one is expecting us to win the game.

"They'll have a lot of the ball I am sure and that means we'll probably end up having to do a lot of chasing.

"But at the same time when we do have the ball I want us to show we can play football too. Its a great stadium and a lovely surface to play on."


 

Simpson's side are unbeaten in their last two games in Npower League Two, having earned a credible goalless draw with promotion contenders Bristol Rovers, a result that the boss hopes will give the team renewed confidence going into a tough outing against Bolton.

"I am sure they'll be making changes from the side that started against City on Sunday. But with the likes of Darren Pratley on the bench, it doesn't really matter who we face," Simpson added.

"The longer we can stay in the game the better. I keep talking about confidence . If we can keep them at bay for the first twenty minutes or so then that will help our game. The lads are gaining in confidence with each game. We did well against Rovers at the weekend and hopefully that's something we can take into the Bolton game."

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