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Heitinga will fight for place

Everton defender John Heitinga is determined to stay and fight for a place in David Moyes' first-team following his FA Cup heroics.

Last Updated: 28/01/13 at 18:31 Post Comment

John Heitinga: Determined to stay and fight for place at Everton

John Heitinga: Determined to stay and fight for place at Everton

The Netherlands international netted a late winner in the 2-1 fourth-round triumph at Bolton on Saturday to keep Everton's cup hopes alive.

Heitinga has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park during this month's transfer window after finding regular playing time limited this campaign, taking a back seat to Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin.

But it is thought Moyes is keen to keep his squad intact and 29-year-old Heitinga, voted the club's player of the season last term, is keen to stay and battle for a place.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "I'm working hard to get my place back in the team and I'm a fighter so I'll never give up.

"If the manager makes another decision and doesn't put me in the team that's his decision, and the only thing I can do is focus on the time I do get. Hopefully I can show everybody that I'm still the same person that I was last season.

"The most important thing as a player is that you believe in yourself and give everything you have, then the rest follows.

"The team is performing really well this season, but as a player you need a couple of games to get back at your level. I've spoken to the manager - he's happy with me and I'm happy with Everton."

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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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