SLOUGH Town joint-manager Jon Underwood has explained that the Rebels have got to believe they can cause an upset in the FA Cup this season.

Slough have been drawn away to Sutton United from the National League in the first round proper after a 2-1 win at Eastbourne Borough in the fourth qualifying round last weekend.

The Rebels are no strangers to causing an upset having won at higher-league Gainsborough Trinity in the first round last season, and Underwood knows his side have got to earn their glory in the FA Cup.

He told the Observer: “It’s not quite the draw we were hoping for and I think Maidenhead United have done better than us (at home to Portsmouth).

“It feels a lot like last season when we went away to a side a level above us. At the time we were underwhelmed with the draw but it worked out pretty well for us.

“If you’re going to do something in the FA Cup then you’ve got to cause an upset at some point.”

“We beat Poole Town, who were above us at the time, and then Gainsborough last season and you have to do that if you want to make a name for yourself.

“You have to earn your glory in the FA Cup and that’s what we’re aiming to do. We will take a lot of belief and support to Sutton.”

Sutton are currently in ninth position in the National League but almost went out of the FA Cup to lower-league Wealdstone in the fourth qualifying round.

Underwood said: “We’ve got to respect where Sutton are and what they’ve achieved but it gives us confidence that we can go there and compete.

“We will do a lot of homework on them and I’m sure they’ll show us the same respect as well.

“We always believe that we can do well and the support in recent weeks has been ramped up. We will travel well supporters-wise and have got to believe we can cause an upset.

“We will take big numbers to Sutton and make it feel like a real cup tie. It’s not far to travel and they have a pitch like ours.

“We’re very comfortable on that surface and used to playing on pitches like it so it poses no real problems for us.”