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Joe Rates Blues' Cup Chances

by Andy Lewis @efc_andylewis

Joe Royle believes the 2012 FA Cup provides Everton with a fantastic opportunity to claim some long-awaited silverware.

Royle was in charge the last time the Blues tasted success – the 1995 FA Cup – and he feels the way the team is playing, combined with how the competition has unfolded, gives the current crop a great chance of emulating that achievement.

The Blues face Blackpool on Saturday at Goodison with a place in the last eight at stake, and Royle told evertontv: “The cup represents a great opportunity.

“This third home draw in a row gives them a great chance of progressing to the sixth round and David [Moyes] will be warning the players to not let the opportunity slip.

“We all enjoyed Wembley in 2009 when we played Chelsea, the good thing this year is both Manchester clubs are out, both Merseyside clubs are still in, so there is a great opportunity to play our rivals, Liverpool. The two North London clubs are in there so it is a strong pot but also a great chance.”

The Blues remain one of the most successful Clubs in the FA Cup’s long and rich history and Royle knows as well as anyone what the competition means to Evertonians.

He added: “(Getting into) the sixth round tends to get people at it and brings a smile to faces. The Everton fans are desperate for a trophy – 1995 was when we last won the cup and then going back into the 1980s when Everton last won the league – but this is a real chance now. Going into the last 16 gives Everton a real chance, all we need is a result and a good home draw.”


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