Everton manager David Moyes has admitted that the memories of his side’s semi-final defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool last season are still fresh in his mind.
However, Moyes is relishing the opportunity to steer his side into another showdown at the historic Wembley Stadium, and is desperate to win a trophy for The Toffees.
Everton, who led 1-0 at half-time in the semi-final against Liverpool last season, were hit by second half goals from Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll to deny them a place in the final.
On Wednesday, The Toffeemen thumped Oldham Athletic 3-1 at Goodison Park to book their place in the quarter-finals of this season’s event.
Moyes’ men are now set to take on fellow Premier League outfit Wigan Athletic in the last eight fixture.
And although his Everton side were able to finish above Liverpool last season in the table and are currently three points above them this year, Moyes still cant't get over their heartbreaking defeat to The Reds in the semi-finals.
The manager though has urged the team to use last year’s disappointment as a driving force to reach this season's final.
Moyes told The Sun: "I still have the disappointment of the FA Cup semi-final last year against Liverpool and nothing would give me more pleasure than to get Everton back to Wembley to try and reach another final.
"I know the players are very much of the same feeling and, although FA Cup ties are never easy, we will be striving to put right the disappointment from last year."
The Goodison Park chief’s comments were further echoed by the Toffees goalkeeper, Tim Howard, who enthused that the chance to return to Wembley was in itself a big impulse for the entire unit.
The American international admitted that the team were gutted after losing to Liverpool last year.
Howard said: "What happened to us last year has given us a real drive to get back there, but the way Wembley makes me feel, makes the team feel and makes the fans feel, is also giving us that drive.
"It's always tough to lose to Liverpool, more so in those circumstances and on that big occasion.
"In order for us to experience that again, we have to get past Wigan. But the draw has been favourable and it was good to get a home draw finally."
Everton’s wait for a major trophy stretches back to 1996, when they beat Manchester United for FA Cup silverware. Back in 2009, the Merseyside club finished runner-up to Chelsea in the competition. They will hope to go one better this season.
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