David Moyes feared FA Cup exit for Everton
Toffees beat Cheltenham 5-1
Tuesday 08 January 2013
Everton boss David Moyes admitted his determination not to suffer another shock cup exit influenced his decision to field a near full strength side for the 5-1 win at Cheltenham in the FA Cup.
Moyes had rested players for the Capital One Cup tie with Championship side Leeds earlier this season and seen the Toffees beaten 2-1 at Elland Road.
But he paid npower League Two side Cheltenham the compliment of playing most of his star performers in a 5-1 away success last night to clinch a fourth round visit to Sunderland or Bolton.
Goals from Nikica Jelavic, Leighton Baines, Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini secured victory.
"We did a very professional job. I wanted to try and progress in the cup if we can," Moyes said. "We've got a bit of momentum and we want to try and keep it going if we can.
"We are only in one cup competition. It's not as if we've got the Champions League or Europa League or anything else to deal with as well.
"With the side I put out, it could have proved to be folly if we had picked up injuries. Then it would have been made to look a bad decision.
"But I was disappointed when we lost our League Cup tie to Leeds United. I gave a few players a go that night and I didn't think it came up to scratch.
"I wasn't going to take a second chance, that's for sure. I just felt we needed the people who knew what was going on."
Everton effectively killed off the tie in the first 20 minutes via Jelavic's close range finish and Baines' spot-kick.
Moyes said: "It's always hard a game like this because the Premier League at times is all-consuming.
"But I thought the players did a really good job and kept their focus right.
"Their application was spot on. You couldn't say any player was not spot on."
Moyes rubbished social networking speculation that striker Victor Anichebe was set to leave Everton and join Reading.
He said: "There is no truth in that. We won't be selling anyone, if I have my way, that's for sure."
Cheltenham boss Mark Yates took heart from his side's performance despite the final score-line and managing only a consolation effort from Russell Penn.
"We were beaten by a very good side, a very strong side," he said. "The score-line is a little bit harsh on us but they showed the quality they've got.
"Our keeper has made two saves and the ball is in the back of the net five times.
"We can learn a lot from it. We can be proud of our efforts and endeavour to try and play, and we scored a good goal.
"The cup run has given us great exposure and shown we are not a bad side. We kept going, and showed a lot of commitment and quality and times."
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