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Ian Snodin: Everton FC FA Cup team shows good players want to play all the time

09 Jan 2013 11:00:00

Ian Snodin: Everton FC FA Cup team shows good players want to play all the time

I was surprised when I saw the strength of the Everton FC starting XI David Moyes sent out to defend the club’s FA Cup honour at Cheltenham on Monday – surprised, but also delighted.

When I was playing I always preferred to play rather than train – and it made no difference to me, or anybody I played with, whatever the status of the match. Cheltenham Town v Everton FC at Whaddon Road. Pics David Rawcliffe/Propaganda Jan 8 2013 View Competitions like the Full Members Cup and the Zenith Data Systems Cup weren’t the most popular with the fans, but I still loved playing a proper match regardless of the tournament or the opposition. And I get the impression that the present Blues set up is just the same. Leighton Baines or Phil Neville could easily have turned to the gaffer on Monday and said:

“I could do with a break tonight.”

Bainesy has been nursing an ankle problem for the last few games, while Phil had eight stitches put into a head wound at Newcastle last week. But they were both anxious to play and you wouldn’t have spotted any difference in their attitude from Monday’s Cup tie to a Premier League match. That says much for the attitude and spirit instilled in the club by David Moyes.


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