Opportunity Pleases Oviedo
Costa Rican happy to play wherever he is asked.
Bryan Oviedo says he was happy with his night’s work after getting a 90-minute run-out in Everton’s 5-1 FA Cup win over Cheltenham Town.
The Costa Rica international was handed just his third start for the Club following a summer switch from FC Copenhagen.
Oviedo played the majority of Monday’s game on the left side of midfield before dropping to full-back when Leighton Baines was replaced with just under half an hour remaining.
And the 22-year-old felt that he took the opportunity that was given to him by boss David Moyes.
“It was important for me,” Oviedo told evertontv. “I want to play, I want to have minutes on the pitch and I am happy about that. I work in training for this.
“I like both positions, I think on left wing I can play more attacking but I also like to play left-back. Whichever position I try to play well as that is my job for the team.”
Oviedo felt that the key to attaining such a convincing victory was adapting to the conditions very early in the tie.
In front of a sell-out Whaddon Road crowd, the Blues’ passage into the fourth round was never really in question following Nikica Jelavic’s deadlock-breaking 12th minute strike.
Baines, Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini were also on target against the team with the joint best home defensive record in League Two.
Oviedo explained: “I think it was a very good performance in a difficult game on a difficult pitch. To win 5-1 was a very good result for us.
“This game was very hard, it was a small pitch. It was important to score early because it allowed us to have more possession.”
Attention now switches back to the Premier League with Swansea, the team against whom Oviedo made his Everton debut September, the visitors to Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Oviedo added: “We need to win, it is a very good game and to get the three points will be important. We need to be even better this year and try to be in the top four teams in the Premier League.”
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