JOSH Dacres-Cogley reckons Wanderers are tough enough to fight on both cup fronts.

After holding Premier League Luton Town to a draw on Sunday, Ian Evatt’s side lace up their boots once again at Accrington Stanley on Wednesday night in the last 16 of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy, looking to defend the title they won at Wembley last season.

Dacres-Cogley has been ever-present in the league this season and after helping them to a hard-earned replay at Kenilworth Road, the wing-back believes Bolton are showing they are no pushovers.

“Look, it’s part and parcel of football this time of year, you roll your sleeves up and get out there to play,” he told The Bolton News. “You get rested up where you can, but we are not complaining.

“If we are going to achieve what we want this season – promotion – then you have to make yourself hard to beat.

“The manager is always setting challenges and giving us things to try and improve on.

“We know we can play football, we’re out there all the time on the training ground practising patterns and then trying to emulate that on the pitch. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t, but you have to make sure you are still in the fight and that’s what we have done.”

Wanderers are waiting to hear whether their FA Cup third round replay will be televised but the club know for certain that the game will be played in the week commencing January 15.

A win would be worth £105,000, with around half that figure again if the game is selected for domestic coverage. Gate receipts are also shared.

Luton had been planning to jet off for a warm weather training camp after their Premier League game against Burnley, which will now be played on Friday, January 12.

Dacres-Cogley didn’t mind spoiling their travel plans.

“Apparently we have – we apologise for that, but we’re trying to win a game as well!

“I think we can be really happy with the performance, but the job is only half done, we need to follow it up now in the replay and keep doing what we are doing.

“Everyone knew it was going to be a tough test for us, on and off the ball. They are a Premier League team, and you don’t play at that level without knowing what you are doing.

“We wanted to give a good account of ourselves, and I think we achieved that. Now I think we are looking forward to the replay.”

Wanderers are only the second club to stop Luton scoring at home this season, the other being Tottenham, but Dacres-Cogley echoed the post-match words of his manager, Ian Evatt, as he insisted the performance was not a perfect one.

The former Birmingham City man now hopes a different type of game will unfold at the Toughsheet Stadium and has warned the Hatters that they have not yet seen Bolton at their best.

“I think we can improve,” he said. “We’ll look at what we did well and what didn’t go as well and try to relate it to the replay.

“I’m sure there are different solutions we can find on our own pitch with more of our own fans behind us. If we can make the gameplan work then you never know.

“I’m excited about it, we just have to make sure that gameplan is executed.”