David Moyes is wary of unhappy FA Cup memories
Everton take on Cheltenham of League Two tonight
Sunday 06 January 2013
David Moyes, the Everton manager, will use the memory of his first ignominious FA Cup experience with Everton as motivation for tonight's trip to Cheltenham of League Two.
The Scot had been in charge at Goodison Park for 10 months when he took his side to Shrewsbury in the third round and saw former Everton defender Kevin Ratcliffe, in charge of a side 80 places below in the lower reaches of the then third division, get the better of him.
Moyes has never forgotten that result – nor a home defeat to League One Oldham four years ago – and it always seems to spring to mind when Everton get drawn against lower-league opposition.
Everton have already come unstuck this season, when Leeds beat them in the League Cup.
"I am more wary of what happened against Shrewsbury 10 years ago," said Moyes, ahead of tonight's trip to a side fourth in the league's bottom division.
"We went out then, so it's happened to us in the past. We have to make sure it doesn't happen. There are no guarantees in football, you have to go and earn the right to win the games."
The winners of tonight's tie will be away to Bolton or Sunderland in the fourth round. "You like to play at home but when you see some of the real mouth-watering ties which have come out – some all-Premier League clashes – I wouldn't say we've been lucky but at least we have lower opposition.
"It has not always been the easiest thing in the past, we have lost at places like Shrewsbury and we lost at home to Oldham so we're well aware how difficult it will be, no matter who you draw.
"The lower opposition tend to get themselves a little bit higher and more ready for it as it gives them a chance to showcase themselves and you have to be ready for that."
Odds: Cheltenham 8-1 Draw 9-2 Everton 4-11
Kick-off 7.45pm (ESPN) Referee K Friend (Leicestershire). *Probable teams
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