Ian Evatt is eager to reach the Papa Johns Trophy final – and reckons the competition is “undervalued”.

Wanderers are one step away from Wembley ahead of tonight’s semi-final tie against Accrington at the Wham Stadium.

The Whites have already overcome Barrow, Manchester United Under-21s and Portsmouth in the knockout rounds.

Evatt says his side have taken the competition “very seriously” to get to this stage and hopes they give the fans an occasions to get excited about.

"I believe the competition itself is a good one,” he told The Mirror. “For whatever reason, it is undervalued and we have a responsibility as custodians of the game to push and champion this competition.

“Hopefully, the teams that we've selected and the way we've approached it this season can help to do that.

“I can't remember the last occasion where the final four teams in the competition are all League One teams.

“Then with ourselves and Plymouth being two of the top four in the league, it shows that more teams are taking it seriously.

"We've taken it very, very seriously - it deserves that. Any team that has the opportunity to play at Wembley should grab it with both hands.

“I was fortunate enough to play at Wembley a number of times during my playing career, and it’s a fantastic memory and one that stays with you and your family. I want that for my players."

The winner of tonight’s game will face Plymouth in the final after the Pilgrims beat Cheltenham on penalties last night.

Callum Burton saved the Robins’ final three penalties after Ryan Hardie had cancelled out Alfie May’s opener.

"Winning football matches is a habit and it breeds confidence,” Evatt added. “We've used this competition to help gain that confidence. Players should become addicted to winning - it's a massive thing.

“Seeing the players go through this competition and seeing what the opportunity to play at Wembley means to them has been really refreshing.

"Fingers crossed we can get there, but it's going to be difficult and challenging for us to do so. Accrington is always a difficult place to go.

“We'll concentrate on our own performance levels and hopefully, that will be enough to get us through to a cup final.

“If we can do that, it's then a case of parking it and focusing on the next month or so in the league which will really define the rest of our season."