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Oldham v Everton; FA Cup, Boundary Park; Saturday, 16th February; 18:00 KO


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Oldham striker Matt Smith, the hero of their 3-2 victory over Liverpool in the last round, could return from injury for the visit of Everton.

Scorer of two goals against last-season’s finalists, the 23-year-old has not featured since he sustained a shoulder injury in their famous fourth-round victory.

Tony Philliskirk continues to take charge of Oldham as caretaker boss, following the departure of Paul Dickov, and has been boosted by Robbie Simpson’s return from a hamstring injury, and the availability of loan signings Jordan Obita (Reading), Chris Iwelumo (Watford), and Lee Barnard (Southampton).

Defender Sylvain Distin is available for Everton after recovering from illness, however forward Victor Anichebe remains a doubt after he took a knock during Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Tony Hibbert remains sidelined, with fellow right-back Seamus Coleman also set to miss out after his thigh injury.

Moyes keen to avoid upset

Everton manager David Moyes hopes his side can avoid an upset when they travel to Oldham in the FA Cup fifth round.

The League One side have already produced a huge cup shock this season, as they defeated Liverpool 3-2 at Boundary Park in the last round, and also defeated Everton in the same competition five years ago.

"We know what they can do as they did very well against Liverpool. It was a great result, but that's what the cup does," said Moyes.

"We've been knocked out by Shrewsbury (third round in 2003), knocked out by Oldham.

"I thought we'd prepared well when we went to play Shrewsbury, and again when we played Oldham, but we didn't get the result, and that is football. You have to play well, take your opportunities when they come along, which is cup football because you only have one chance.

"So we have been there, done that, we know what it's like and we don't want it to happen again. We'll do everything we possibly can to make sure it doesn't."

Everton have enjoyed a good season thus far, and sit sixth in the Premier League as they target a return to the Champions League.

Although the Everton boss is keen to avoid defeat to Oldham, with a six-point gap to Tottenham in fourth, Moyes has insisted the league remains his top priority.

"Qualifying for the Champions League always means more because the financial rewards from that are far greater than what you get from the FA Cup," he said.

"We can think of a lot of teams who have won the FA Cup and it's not desperately changed their fortunes, whereas qualifying for the Champions League does. If you do that, and you get into the group stages...look what it has done for Celtic the profits they have made over the last six months, with most of it down to how they have done in the Champions League."

Moyes also said that he will wait until the end of the season before making a decision over his future, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

The 49-year-old’s current deal runs out in the summer, and with growing speculation regarding his long-term future, he's concentrating on matters on the pitch before making a decision.

"I've spoken with the chairman and I want to see how the team do," he said.

"I want to see how we do in the cups and the league and it is more than likely that I won't make a decision until the end of the season. You can ask me every week but I will probably give you the same answer."


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