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James McCarthy says Roberto Martinez’s FA Cup magic can help him lift the trophy again this season.

The midfielder got his hands on the trophy last May when his former club Wigan Athletic defied the odds to win the competition for the first time in their history.

Martinez plotted the Latics’ route to Wembley where Ben Watson’s last minute goal decided the final against Manchester City.

And McCarthy believes the combination of Everton’s talented, ambitious playing squad and a manager who knows what it takes to win silverware could see the Blues become FA Cup holders for the first time since 1995.

He said: “You always want to win cup competitions and last season I did that. Now each and every one of us wants to do it at Everton.

“We want to lift trophies and qualify for Europe. There’s a real buzz about the place, around the city, and hopefully we can keep that going.

“The gaffer has been there and done it. You want someone in charge who knows what it takes to win the cup, and even better he’s done it so recently.

“We’ve got a good squad and at this moment in time we’re looking strong. I think with the window open the manager will try and add another couple and hopefully we don’t lose too many.”

Saturday’s win over Queens Park Rangers was the first time McCarthy had started a match for Everton alongside Nikica Jelavic.

The Croatian netted a brace on his return to the side but fluffed the chance to net a hat-trick by lofting a penalty onto the crossbar.

Still, McCarthy was impressed by the sharpness shown by his teammate whose future has been the subject of media speculation in recent weeks.

“Since I came here I knew he has a real goal instinct in him,” added the Republic of Ireland international. “He’s brilliant to have around the changing room.

“Hopefully he stays but you never know in football. If he goes it’s a good signing for whoever might get him in my eyes.”

Watch McCarthy face Norwich City at the Junior Fans Day fixture this Saturday. Click here to buy tickets online, call 0871 6631878 or visit the Goodison Park Box Office, Everton Two or the TicketQuarter.

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