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Ebbsfleet United vice-chairman Peter Varney on the FA Cup replay against East Thurrock United

Ebbsfleet will be through to host Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup if they can win their fourth qualifying round replay at home to East Thurrock on Tuesday night.

The sides drew 0-0 in Essex on Saturday and manager Daryl McMahon has demanded a better showing from his players at Stonebridge Road.

With such a big prize at stake, the home crowd will have a big part to play.

Peter Varney Picture: Andy Payton
Peter Varney Picture: Andy Payton

Fleet vice-chairman Peter Varney said: "At this stage of the competition you want a League 1 team for lots of reasons. If you get a lower team, they've got nothing to lose.

"We'd have everything to gain in a tie like that but we've got to do the job first.

"It wasn't a good game on Saturday but the fans were unbelievable. When we first went there, we got the odd rumbling from the Liam Daish Stand but it's unbelievable at some of these away games now."

The return of the Champions League this week means supporters are faced with a choice between standing on the terraces or sitting in front of the TV.

Mr Varney said: "I understand why people would want to see Real Madrid v Tottenham but there's nothing like watching a game live and to be fair, this season we've been averaging around 1,640 at home. It's been phenomenal, the way it's grown over the period.

"What people do know, when they come along, is that with Daryl (McMahon), 99% of the games are attractive to watch.

"He has a go at teams, particularly at home and I'm sure that's what they're going to see tonight."

Kick-off is at 7.45pm with extra time and penalties if required.

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