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Ossie Was Sixth Taker

Midfielder so thankful for team-mates' penalty heroics.

Ossie Was Sixth Taker

Leon Osman has thanked Phil Jagielka and Tim Howard for their penalty shootout heroics after revealing he was next on David Moyes' hitlist.

The midfielder would have taken Everton's sixth penalty had Jagielka not capitalised on Howard's saves from Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand.

And a clearly relieved Ossie told evertonTV just how happy he was to see room-mate Jagielka's spotkick book the Blues a place in next month's FA Cup final.

"I was the sixth kicker but thankfully it didn't go that far," he said.

"I've seen him [Jagielka] take them in training and he's pretty good now since his miss (against Fiorentina in last season’s Uefa Cup) and I always fancied him to score. He's been one of the best players for us this season and to be rewarded like that is great.

"And Tim [Howard] was fantastic too. He deserves the credit and he deserved to save them. He's been fantastic for us all season.

"We've been giving him a bit of stick about saving penalties of late - just friendly banter - but when it really mattered he stood up and was tremendous."

Everton's May 30 meeting with Chelsea will be the Club's 13th appearance in an FA Cup final - equalling Newcastle United and Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

Indeed, only Manchester United and Arsenal, who have both appeared in 17 finals, can boast a better record in terms of FA Cup final appearances. 

Having overcome Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester United to reach this season's showpiece finale, Osman feels the Blues have earned their return to what is arguably football's grandest stage.

"To put it all into one sentence would be impossible," he said. "It wasn't the best of games but semi-finals aren't about how you play, they're about getting through to the final and it worked out well for us.

"It was a tough 120 minutes, it was hot out there and the pitch was tough going. But we matched them stride for stride, created some chances of our own and we feel we've got what we deserve from a very tough run so far."

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Peter WilliamsYou would have scored from the spot. But always better to be done with by then!

Tuesday 21st April 21:38 Report Comment

Andrew ForsythLeon, an absolutely brilliant and emotional day for all Evertonians, and it's great to see a fellow Skelmersdale resident involved in such a great game! Well done to yourself and the rest of the lads. All credit must go to David Moyes for instilling the belief and pride into the players! And a special mention for Bill Kenwright who has supported Moyes all the way, and he's been repaid in such a massive way now! COME ON EVERTON, BRING THE FA CUP HOME TO MERSEYSIDE!!!!

Tuesday 21st April 19:42 Report Comment
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