4,500 Everton supporters will make the trip to Sheffield Wednesday for a third round Carabao Cup tie at the end of September.

4,500 Everton supporters will brave the incoming cold, spend their hard-earned money and time together, backing their beloved Blues.

This, in itself, will come as no surprise to loyal fans.

It has long been recognised that Everton's travelling fan-base is amongst the best in the country and rarely - if ever - are seats left to waste on away-trips.

But now it's time for Marco Silva's side to return the favour.

For too long have these supporters been made to watch football that is not conducive with the Nil Satis Nisi Optimum motto while on the road with their team.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Marco Silva, Manager of Everton shows appreciation to the fans following the Premier League match between Everton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on September 01, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

For too long have results in the Premier League not been good enough while away-days in the cup have been disappointing at best.

Since the turn of the century, trips to Shrewsbury Town, Arsenal, West Ham and Millwall have ended in FA Cup defeat; Chelsea, Swansea City, Fulham and Leeds United all dumped the Blues out of the Carabao Cup on their home turf.

But that does not deter the Everton following.

The support at Lincoln City was nothing but outstanding. At one point, when charged with a chant of "Just like Lincoln, your city is Red," an immediate riposte of "Who the fu****ell are you?" was immediately levelled back from the away end.

Silva, afterwards, ordered his players to offer their shirts to the fans behind the goal. The manager, despite only being at Goodison Park for little over one year, understands the impact the army that follow his side home and away can have.

He has played a key role in restoring Everton's home stadium to the fortress it once was under David Moyes. Something that had, sadly, been lost through a confusing era of Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce.

So 4,500, then.

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Everton continue their mission to bring silverware back to L4 for the first time since 1995 and will, certainly, be well-backed to do so against Wednesday.

It won't be for lack of effort from supporters, either.

But Silva's next task is to erase the modern memories of Fiorentina, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United in 2015. So close, yet so far, and all that.

There were testing moments against Lincoln City but there were almost 2,000 reasons behind the goal to fight for a place in the next round.

Driven on by a vociferous backing, the Blues made it. Perhaps the scoreline looked a little more comfortable than it had been at times, but those at Sincil Bank that night will be under no illusion the travelling support played their part.

They will do it again, at Bournemouth on the South Coast, at Goodison Park when Sheffield United visit, and then against their neighbours Wednesday for a chance to progress in the Carabao Cup.

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It's another opportunity for Everton to overthrow the albatross around their neck and give their fans the trophy they crave.

Silva and his stars will have 4,500 reasons on that evening to prove they are worthy of the Nil Satis Nisi Optimum motto and continue the feel-good factor around Goodison this term.