Moyes cool on cup talk
David Moyes refused to predict Everton will go all the way in this season's FA Cup after their sensational penalty shootout win over Chelsea - because he has been stung too many times in the competition.
Moyes masterminded yesterday's dramatic fourth-round replay victory at Stamford Bridge, which saw the Toffees become the first club to beat the Blues in the cup for almost three years. There were echoes of Everton's 2009 Merseyside derby win at the same stage of the competition, after which they went on to reach the final.
On top of that, they now have what appears a perfectly winnable last-16 clash with Reading and, having deposed the holders, they will surely not fear what is to come in the quarter-finals and beyond. But Moyes was taking nothing for granted yesterday, knowing his side have proven just as capable of crashing out to the likes of Shrewsbury, Oldham and Brentford during his near nine years at the helm.
"To be through in the cup gives you a great boost," he said. "If you put out the team who are the holders and the champions, you've got to think that you've got a good chance."
He added: "I've lost to Shrewsbury, I've lost to Oldham in the cup. The gulf between us, Shrewsbury and Everton, I thought was bigger than the gulf between Everton and Chelsea.
"So there was always a chance that we could win that tie. Obviously, it's been a tough place to come over the years. But Chelsea haven't enjoyed games against us because the games have been tight as well."
Indeed, Chelsea had not beaten Everton since the 2009 final going into yesterday's game and had won only one of their previous six home clashes with them. That is despite the huge gulf in finances between the clubs, laid bare in the transfer window when the Blues spent a record-breaking £75million and the Toffees nothing.
Moyes said: "If you get into football management, you don't need to be told you've got money to spend. You come in and you try to get the best team you can, you work the team, try to organise them and win games. The chairman's a great chairman, great owner. I just wish he had a few bob as well!"