Moyes: We'll Have To Earn It
Boss warns his side not to expect an easy route past Blackpool.
David Moyes has warned his players they will need to 'earn' a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Everton take on attack-minded Blackpool at Goodison Park on Saturday knowing victory will put them just 90 minutes away from a last-four outing at Wembley.
Moyes, however, is discouraging all talk of trips to the capital for now, stressing the Blues must take each obstacle as it comes.
Ian Holloway's Seasiders were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season but are unbeaten in 2012 and travel to Merseyside as an outfit very much in form.
Tuesday's 3-1 victory at Doncaster moved them up to fourth in the npower Championship and automatic promotion back to the top flight remains a distinct possibility.
"We are going to have to earn it in every minute on the pitch," said Moyes during Friday’s press briefing. "If anybody's coming and thinking it's going to be [an easy] game, I'm certainly not. And it's not the message that the players are getting here.
"Blackpool are a side who are in good form and doing well just now, so the message from us will be the exact opposite.
"If the supporters are coming here thinking it's an easy way into the quarter-finals, they're wrong."
If Blackpool's form is impressive, Everton's is at a season's high.
The Blues have beaten Fulham, Manchester City and Chelsea in their most recent three home outings – and yet Moyes is taking nothing for granted.
He said: "We're on a decent run and we have to try to keep it going if we can. It's going to be tough against Blackpool though.
"I've been lucky to get to the fifth round a few times and I've been knocked out in earlier rounds against the Shrewsburys, the Oldhams and the Readings, not to do any of those clubs down at all.
"We are vulnerable just like every other club."
Moyes also paid tribute to the job being done by counterpart Holloway.
The Scot admires the way the former QPR, Plymouth and Leicester boss has gone about rebuilding his side following the loss of key men Charlie Adam, David Vaughan and DJ Campbell.
All three earned immediate moves back to the Premier League following Blackpool's demotion, but the cost of their absence has been minimised due to the success of experienced replacements Kevin Phillips, Barry Ferguson and Lomana LuaLua.
"Ollie's done a brilliant job, everybody knows that," said Moyes. "It's never easy when you go down, and I think they were really, really unlucky to go down in the end.
"I think the Premier League has missed Ian Holloway. He's been quite quiet for the last five or six months and rightly so. He's gone about his work quietly, rebuilding Blackpool.
"But I don't think they're quiet now. They're back on the radar, they're back up there. And they're certainly on our radar because they're at Goodison on Saturday."