Toffees taking Terriers seriously

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Everton assistant manager Steve Round is wary of the threat League One club Huddersfield will pose in the Carling Cup at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

Round is well aware of the qualities of the man in charge, Lee Clarke, as they spent time together with Newcastle.

Round said: "I expect a tough game against Huddersfield. They are a good team. I know Lee Clarke from Newcastle as well as Terry McDermott. They will organise the team well. They have a good blend of youth and experience. They will be one of the favourites to get promoted."

He added: "Lee understands the game very well and has played at the highest level. He is a good communicator and gets his message across."

Skipper Phil Neville will have a fitness test ahead of the second-round match after he was forced to sit out the 1-1 draw with Wolves at the weekend because of a foot injury, while striker Ayegbeni Yakubu is sidelined after taking a bang on his shin.

Round was part of Steve McClaren's backroom staff at Middlesbrough when they won the League Cup in 2004 and he believes it is time the Toffees also won a trophy.

He said: "The fans do see it as a chance to get some success - rightly so and so should the team.

"We have stressed how important it is. It is a trophy you want to try and win. We went to the FA Cup final the year before last and we know what it feels like.

"The players are definitely up for it. They understand what the fans want. They will be going out with the right attitude. They really feel it is time we should deliver."

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