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David Moyes hopes his 500th match in charge of Everton will take him a step closer to his first major piece of silverware.

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Moyes is hoping for some silverware

Moyes is hoping for some silverware

David Moyes is hoping his 500th match in charge of Everton will take him a step closer to his first major piece of silverware.

The Scot, who will celebrate 11 years in charge at Goodison Park in March, reaches the milestone tomorrow when the Toffees travel to Bolton's Reebok Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Moyes said: "I didn't know until this morning that it was 500 games. It's amazing that some people have got 1,000 games at one club, that is some achievement."

"Obviously 500's not a bad number when you see the way people get rid of their managers so quickly nowadays."

Moyes' tenure at Everton is highly regarded despite the lack of trophies, with the club a lot less wealthy than many of their rivals in the Barclays Premier League.

The closest they came in recent years was a run to the FA Cup final in 2009, including victory over Manchester United in the last four, but they were beaten to the trophy by Chelsea.

Moyes said: "Hopefully the real highlights are still to come, they're the ones I'm looking forward to. But I've enjoyed a lot of good times at Everton."

"My first game (against Fulham) was a great day, scoring in the opening minute. Since then we qualified for the Champions League, and in that year we had to beat Manchester United in the run-in and Newcastle, so I think that would stand out.

"And maybe the semi-final of the FA Cup, when we got to the final. Albeit we didn't win the final. There maybe haven't been enough trophies but certainly some good highlights."

Moyes made his intentions clear with his strong team selection for the third round tie against Cheltenham, a match Everton won 5-1, and it is likely to be the same tomorrow.

The Toffees will be without full-back Seamus Coleman, who suffered a thigh injury against Southampton on Monday, but winger Kevin Mirallas and defender Johnny Heitinga are pushing to start.

Moyes said: "I think we've always gone for it. Talk's cheap - you have to do it. We're going to try to do it. I've said to the players that we want to try to win the FA Cup, but I say that every year. It's down to us to try to make that happen."

Moyes admitted he will have to think about the midweek Premier League round of fixtures, which sees the Toffees take on West Brom at Goodison Park.

"It'll definitely come into the thinking," he said.

"We continually talk about the Champions League, how we'd like to hang in there and see if we can get in amongst that. But you've always got to take one game at a time and that's what we'll try to do."

Bolton dropped out of the Premier League on the final day of last season after 11 years in the top flight, and they look unlikely to bounce straight back under new boss Dougie Freedman.

The Trotters showed what they are capable of by winning a third round replay at Sunderland's Stadium of Light, though, having also led by two goals in the first match.

Moyes said: "Bolton were in the Premier League for more than 10 years so they'll be disappointed to have slipped out of it. But they've still got a lot of Premier League players in their side so they'll be doing everything they can to try to get through."

Everton remain three points off the top four after Monday's 0-0 draw with Southampton, but a concern for Moyes is they have not scored in their last two games, while striker Nikica Jelavic is struggling for form and confidence.

"We haven't scored in the last two games so it's not just him, it's everybody," said Moyes.

"We need to score some more goals. But undoubtedly, if you're a centre forward, you want to make sure you keep ticking over and get the goals."

Some good news for the club this week was defender Sylvain Distin signing a new one-year deal, extending his stay until next summer.

The 35-year-old joined the Toffees from Portsmouth in 2009, and Moyes said: "His performances since he came to the club have been excellent.

"He's been reliable, he doesn't miss many games with injury and he certainly keeps himself in great condition. He's been very good for us and we're delighted to keep him.

"You're always looking to bring in fresh young players because you're always looking to the future but I think coupled with that you do need to keep experience and in central defence especially.

"More and more it's becoming an experienced position and his experience is vital to us."


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