KEVIN ROBERTS hopes Wrexham's performance against Leyton Orient will entice fans back to The Racecourse for tonight's huge FA Cup tie against Newport County.

A season's best crowd of nearly 6,500 saw Sam Ricketts' side produce one of their best displays in Saturday's National League top of the table clash but missed chances proved costly as Orient scored two late goals to end the third placed Reds' 11-game unbeaten run.

Wrexham now turn their attention to the cup and an all-Welsh home match against Newport who won 2-0 when the sides last met in the 2013 Conference Premier play-off final at Wembley.

Roberts knows Reds' supporters are gunning for revenge and he would love another big attendance.

"All the fans are saying we owe them one from a few years back," said Roberts.

"That will bring the fans here and even though we got beat by Orient, I think they saw a good performance.

"Hopefully they will all come back and we get another big crowd."

The promotion challenge remains the priority but Roberts is looking to continue the cup run, something the defender has not experienced in his career.

"The league will take care of itself, the cup is a nice treat," said Roberts. "I have had one okay run.

"When I was at Cambridge we played Huddersfield in round one; we drew and then got beat in the replay.

"It hasn't been great to be honest so hopefully there is a bit more luck on my side this year."

The game is being shown live on BT Sport and the winners will be in-line for a potential money-spinning third round tie against one of the Premier League giants.

Newport, flying high in League Two, won't be taken for granted but Roberts hopes to get through and draw a glamour tie.

"All the Premier League teams come in then and players want to go and play somewhere where there is a big crowd, and for the club money-wise," said Roberts.

"I think everyone has got their fingers crossed for the Newport game and hopefully we can get a win.

"It is always nice to play when it's on TV, the main thing is to get a win, get into the third round and see where it goes from there."

The battle is on in the Wrexham camp to earn a place in the side for the visit of the Exiles.

"We have got a big squad and we all just push each other," added Roberts. "Everyone is fighting for places and it is a busy month coming up."

Midfielder Luke Young knows it won't be easy but he sees no reason why Wrexham can't progress.

"Obviously it is going to be a tough game, they are league opposition," said Young.

"But we are at home, we are full of confidence and we are going into the game hoping that we can cause a little bit of an upset.

"There is no better feeling that winning games, whether it is a friendly, a league game or a cup game.

"That is what you play football for, to win and you want to be successful."