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Hibbo: My Biggest Game

Hibbo: My Biggest Game

The FA Cup final is the biggest game of Tony Hibbert's career.

Hibbert, now 28, has been at the Club since he was a child but Saturday's FA Cup clash with Chelsea is his first major cup final.

He was at Everton - but only 14 years of age - when Everton last reached the showpiece in 1995.

Since breaking into the Everton side, the Liverpool-born youngster has forged a reputation as a reliable and tough-tackling right back who his manager David Moyes described as the 'man for the the big occasion'.

>Moyes praises Hibbo
>Toffees triumph in 1995

They don't come much bigger than the FA Cup final but Hibbert and his teammates won't be overawed after their semi-final experiences.

"I was on holiday with my family in 1995," he recalled. "Ossie [Leon Osman] went down there and the Club had put coaches on for the schoolboys. I watched it in Spain with my Dad and it was a great occasion.

"It's definitely the biggest game of my career," Hibbert told evertonTV. "It [Wembley] won't be a surprise now - it will just be a great feeling. This one will be even more special."

Hibbert is likely to go head-to-head with Chelsea's resurgent left winger Florent Malouda on Saturday.

The Frenchman is revitalised under Guus Hiddink and has impressed in recent months, making the left wing berth his own. But the Academy graduate is encouraged by Everton's two previous shut-outs against the Londoners this season.

"It should give us confidence and I think it will," he declared. "We have got a great bunch of lads and great defenders. Whoever plays in there seems to click.

"Malouda has scored a few goals now and has really hit form. He's a top player and I think it's taken a bit of time for him to adjust to how it is over here.

"People forget he is still young and he's come over from playing abroad. It takes time to get used to English football."

See the interview with Hibbo in full here.

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