Moyes driven by Wembley woe

Everton boss David Moyes admits that the pain of last year's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool is driving him on this season.

Last Updated: 28/02/13 at 14:47 Post Comment

David Moyes: Last year's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool still rankles

David Moyes: Last year's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool still rankles

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Andy Carroll's goal three minutes from time saw Liverpool progress to the final after the Toffees had gone ahead in the first half through Nikica Jelavic.

The FA Cup represents the closest Everton have come to winning a trophy in Moyes' nearly 11 years in charge at Goodison Park, having lost out to Chelsea in 2009 despite Louis Saha's fastest-ever goal in a cup final.

But even with his side well placed to put the pressure on for a place in next season's UEFA Champions League, Moyes is striving to win some silverware, with Wigan his side's quarter-final opponents.

"I still have the disappointment of the semi-final against Liverpool and nothing would give me more pleasure than to get Everton back to Wembley, to try to reach another final," said Moyes.

"I know the players are very much of the same feeling and, although FA Cup ties are never easy, we will be striving to put right the disappointment from last year."

Goalkeeper Tim Howard has mirrored his manager's determination to bring the FA Cup back to Goodison Park for the first time since 1995.

"What happened to us last year has given us a real drive to get back there again," Howard admitted. "It is always tough to lose to Liverpool - and even more so in those circumstances and on that big occasion."

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sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

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eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

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ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

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