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Moyes Ponders Team Selection

Blues boss weighing up options ahead of cup tie at Cheltenham.

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David Moyes says Everton will pay Cheltenham Town the utmost respect when the two clubs meet in the FA Cup on Monday evening.

The Blues are bidding to reach Wembley for a fourth time in as many years and start their journey with a testing third round tie at Whaddon Road.

At his pre-match press conference, Moyes was tight-lipped on whether he would be fielding his strongest possible team against the Robins, stating that he would ‘have a look’ before deciding on his starting line-up.

However, he stressed that any players which take to the field have to be ready to match Cheltenham’s endeavour and enthusiasm.

Moyes said: “We want to go as far as we can in the FA Cup and we will be doing everything we can to get through. We will not underestimate Cheltenham and we will have to go there and do a really good job if we want to get into the next round.

“It’s the next game and that’s always our next priority. We have to go into the game and try and win it and then move on from there.

“Cheltenham have done very well at home and they are a decent side. I watched them against Hereford in the replay and they are going well in their division. They have got a wee bit of confidence because they are playing well in their league.

"Our players have to play - that's what they're here for. Otherwise, they'll be thrust into the really big games and people have to be ready. We'll have a look at it and see what we plan to do in terms of selection."

Everton overcame Tamworth at the same stage last season and, indeed, edged past League Two Macclesfield Town en route to reaching the FA Cup final in 2009.

Under Moyes’ guidance, the Blues have also dispatched Plymouth Argyle, Carlisle United and Scunthorpe United in previous third rounds of the competition.

The Toffees boss is confident that Cheltenham can be added to that list, although he was also quick to stress that upsets can occur if ties aren’t approached in the correct manner.

“We have seen both sides of it. I can go back to ties we have lost in the early rounds of the FA Cup, so we know what it’s like and how difficult it can be,” added the Scot.

“It’s not always been the easiest thing in the past – we have lost at Shrewsbury and Oldham – so we are well aware how difficult it will be.

“You would like to play at home but when you see some of the real mouth-watering ties – there are some all-Premier League matches – at least we have got a tie where we are playing lower league opposition. 

“They have a little bit of an advantage because they are at home but I would hope that our experience and the players we have got can overcome it, albeit it’s never going to be easy.

“I always remember when I was at Preston and we played Arsenal in the cup. We went 2-0 up and although we eventually lost 4-2, Arsenal were the league champions. It [shocks] can happen and we have got to be mindful of that.”

Jonathan HindPack it in with all this Nugent talk. he's not good enough. He's not anywhere near good enough for the Premier League let alone for a team challenging for Top 4.

Sunday 6th January 23:33 Report Comment

stig shimellsabout time Jelavich started scoring and getting a bit of confidence again we need his goals !!

Sunday 6th January 19:12 Report Comment

stig shimellsBarkley and Duffy should start tonight young EFC stars of the future !! give em a go boss !!

Monday 7th January 16:57 Report Comment

daniel mooredont think nugent is good enough sign darren bent.

Sunday 6th January 11:47 Report Comment

Jamie O'BrienNugent!!!!!........big vic deserves a go and a run of games if anything, as an out and out striker and not on the wing.

Sunday 6th January 08:21 Report Comment

Craig TeareJust remember leeds david, that was an unfortunate error.

Sunday 6th January 07:52 Report Comment

Eric Matthewsi think it should be heitinga and duffy at the back hetinga is a good defender but with any player he needs games to get some from going.And them people our future.

Sunday 6th January 02:39 Report Comment

Richard PorterGo well Everton and play your own game to put this team away Nico needs to start scoring again so come on lads lets go all the way to Wembley

Sunday 6th January 00:24 Report Comment

Alec WalkerI agree, Duffy deserves a chance, he played well in the few games he had last season.

Saturday 5th January 13:54 Report Comment

Michael DamBring on Ross ! He is such a great talent and he deserves to start for once ! Yes, and let Duffy play too.

Saturday 5th January 22:55 Report Comment

Bill Sevilleany chance of signing David Nugent as a spearhead with Jelavic?

Saturday 5th January 12:38 Report Comment

Stewart LoweAre you for real. We progress this far as a team and the best you are requesting is Nugent? Nugent would be lucky to get into an Ipswich team let alone an Everton team. No where near good enough.

Sunday 6th January 14:16 Report Comment

Alex Wilkinsongive duffy a go and give bidwell a go

Sunday 6th January 12:54 Report Comment

Alex Kennayou mad?

Saturday 5th January 16:29 Report Comment

daniel mooredont play heitingagive duffy a go

Saturday 5th January 11:57 Report Comment

Stewart LoweI would give both Duffy and Garbutt a go, as Baines looks destined to go at some point so we need to bring Garbutt through at some point.

Sunday 6th January 14:18 Report Comment
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