HARTLEPOOL United manager Graeme Lee won the Papa John's Trophy as a player. He is now planning to upset the odds by beating League One Bolton Wanderers tonight and taking his Pools side to Wembley in a bid to emulate his success.

Lee won the competition in his playing days at Doncaster Rovers when he scored the winning goal in extra time to beat Bristol Rovers 3-2 at the Millennium Stadium.

Pools have upset the odds to reach the last 16 of the competition by beating Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough and face an equally tough test this evening.

Ahead of the game, the 43-year-old is expecting to shuffle his team around from the goalless draw with Oldham Athletic at the weekend.

Lee said: “I’ve got a big squad and I’ve already been putting teams down for what could go into that game.

“There might be a few changes but it’s still exciting when I look at it. We want to win the game.

“That’s one of the highlights of my career winning that trophy. Each game we go into, we want to win. It’s two fantastic games to go into."

This week has been labelled a cup week for Pools.

Following tonight's game at the Suit Direct Stadium, they return to home soil at the weekend where they'll host Championship side Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup.

The manager added: “Both games are exciting for us and we’ve got two different things. We’ve got a chance to go to Wembley in one.

“Both games are exciting and both games we’ll be going out to try and win."

Meanwhile, Pools will be hopeful that striking duo Mark Cullen and Jordan Cook will be available for tonight's game.

Cullen was absent for the draw against the Latics due to a family emergency while Cook limped off in the first half because of a thigh injury.