What The Papers Say - 10 January
Leon Osman hopes for a cup run in today's papers
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LEON OSMAN admits Everton are desperate to go one further than 2009 when they reached the FA Cup final – after he captained the Blues smoothly through their third round tie against Scunthorpe United.
The Toffees’ reward for their dominant 5-1 demolition of the Championship strugglers is a fourth round Goodison match with their opponents from the final two years ago, Chelsea.
But Osman believes their latest successful navigation of a potentially tricky opening round, like at Macclesfield, was a good omen.
The midfielder scored the only goal against Macclesfield in January 2009, and was restored to central midfield in place of Mikel Arteta at Glanford Park on Saturday.
And he admitted that David Moyes’s repeat motivational techniques before the game worked perfectly once again.
He said: “I’ve got fond memories of that tie (at Macclesfield). Another away game at a lower league club and we’ve came away with another good result.
“Again we came up the day before the game as we always do, but gave ourselves an extra hour to look around the ground and make sure there were no surprises when we turned up. We knew what to expect off and on the pitch.
“It’s important for us all to do that – not just the young lads. It’s for all of us, so that the minds are completely focused on the game and what we need to do.
“We want to crack on now. It’s a good time for us to do well in the cup. The final in 2009 was disappointing but we got a taste for it and we want to repeat it if possible.”
Osman would like nothing better than to see the club win a trophy during his playing career, and hopes the FA Cup can help provide this season with a much needed boost.
“Everyone at the club from the kit staff right through to the manager wants some silverware,” he said.
“We’ve been within sight of it and it wet the lips. We’ve had a somewhat disappointing season in the league so maybe a cup is a chance to step it up.
“We scored five away from home and could have had more in the end. We played well.
“We knew it could be difficult and it was important to come here with the right mental attitude and get the right result.”
EVERTON face a repeat of the 2009 FA Cup final as they were drawn to face Chelsea in this year’s fourth round.
David Moyes’s side cruised into the fourth round with a 5-1 victory at Scunthorpe on Saturday.
Chelsea were equally emphatic winners yesterday as they crushed managerless Ipswich Town 7-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Goals from Frank Lampard (2), Daniel Sturridge (2), Salomon Kalou, Nicolas Anelka and an own goal from Carlos Edwards set up the fourth-round clash at Goodison which is due to take place on the weekend of January 29-30.
It is a repeat of two years ago when Chelsea beat Everton in the final at Wembley with goals from Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba cancelling out Louis Saha’s first-minute goal.
Bolton hope to finalise a £2million deal for Middlesbrough defender David Wheater over the next 24 hours.
Bolton moved last week, as revealed by Sportsmail, and held weekend talks with the 23-year-old to head off interest from Wolves, Everton and Aston Villa.
Boro manager Tony Mowbray said: 'Things are happening. It might become more evident over the next few days.'