Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Ince insists he's taking seriously tonight's Carling Cup clash with Everton.

"I'm very keen to progress," insisted Ince.

"It is a massive tournament, a chance to get to Wembley and an avenue to get into Europe.

"There is a long way to go obviously, and we could have done with an easier tie than Everton, but it is what it is."