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Roy Ready For Derby Cauldron

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Royston Drenthe insists he's fully aware of the significance of the Merseyside derby.
And the Dutchman has already made a massive impact in one of world football's other prestigious city derbies.
Drenthe joined Everton on transfer deadline day and has so far appeared four times for the Toffees. But he knows this weekend's game will be unlike any of those he's played in Blue.
"You don't have to tell me it is a really important game," the on-loan wideman told evertontv.
"If I am on the pitch I will give more than 100 percent to help get the Blues the three points.
"I know how important it is for the Evertonians who support us in every game."


Back in his native Holland, Drenthe played for Feyenoord against Ajax - one of the country's biggest clashes, before switching to Real Madrid where games don't come much bigger than against Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
And it was while defeating their bitter city rivals that Drenthe made a key derby contribution.
Entering the fray as an 85th minute substitute for the legendary Raul, he had to watch Portuguese star Simao rifle home a free-kick to equalise Ruud van Nistelrooy's first minute opener.
It looked like a draw was on the cards but Drenthe had other ideas. He collected the ball from Rafael van der Vaart and surged into the box.
Then-Atletico man John Heitinga stood in his way but the tricky Drenthe was able to jink past and Everton's number 5 brought him down.
Gonzalo Higuain dispatched the penalty and half of Madrid went crazy.
"It is like Feyenoord-Ajax, Real Madrid-Altletico Madrid - the games are really important for the club, the supporters and the players," continued Drenthe.
"I remember we scored in the first half really early on, then Simao scored a free kick to make it 1-1 and it looked like it would end 1-1.
"But there were six minutes of added time and Rafa and me had come on as substitutes. In the last two minutes I did a couple of skills - Johnny touched me in the box and Higuain scored the penalty.
"The Everton players don't have to tell me much, I like my work and I know it's a derby so you don't have to tell me anything.
"I know they have quality but so do we. We have to think about our own game and deliver on the pitch."

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