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Jackson: Blues Will Enjoy Tie

by Andy Lewis @efc_andylewis

Matt Jackson says an FA Cup tie is the perfect way for Everton’s players to boost their home form.

Jackson knows all about the competition having won it with the Blues in 1995 – a season that saw the team struggle against the drop.

The FA Cup provided a welcome boost for the players that season and Jackson feels it can do the same for the current crop.

“The Cup is always important and is so well regarded on Merseyside,” he told evertontv. “Certainly when we had that success in 1995 it was fantastic for us.

“It is something a bit different for the players as well and it can take the pressure off. It can take away from the grind of league football and allow them to enjoy a one-off cup competition.

“You want to be at home and they are, it will be a slick surface and an evening game is always great.

“It is a good chance for them, a good draw. They know the opposition. There is no big upset issue over it or anything like that, no pressure from that point of view and the players can go out and enjoy themselves.”

The game also presents the strange situation of a cup tie being played on a Friday night.

The Club have reduced tickets to £25 for adults and just £5 for kids for the game to help boost the crowd and lessen the impact of the irregular slot.

Jackson, however, feels it won’t make much difference to the players.

He added: “It might be a bit strange but it is just another night game. The lads know about playing in the evening and it won’t make too much difference. They get the weekend off and if they have won then they can go out and enjoy themselves knowing they are in the hat for the next round.”

Tickets for Everton's FA Cup clash with Fulham are still available priced £25 for adults and just £5 for juniors. To buy yours, click here.

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