Leon Osman admits Everton FC are desperate to go all the way in the FA Cup final
Leon Osman LEON OSMAN admits Everton are desperate to go one further than 2009 when they reached the FA Cup final - after he captained the Blues smoothly through their third round tie against Scunthorpe United. The Toffees' reward for their dominant 5-1 demolition of the Championship strugglers is a fourth round Goodison match with their opponents from the final two years ago, Chelsea. But Osman believes their latest successful navigation of a potentially tricky opening round, like at Macclesfield, was a good omen. The midfielder scored the only goal against Macclesfield in January 2009, and was restored to central midfield in place of Mikel Arteta at Glanford Park on Saturday. And he admitted that David Moyes's repeat motivational techniques before the game worked perfectly once again. He said: 'I've got fond memories of that tie (at Macclesfield). Another away game at a lower league club and we've came away with another good result. 'Again we came up the day before the game as we always do, but gave ourselves an extra hour to look around the ground and make sure there were no surprises when we turned up. We knew what to expect off and on the pitch. 'It's important for us all to do that - not just the young lads. It's for all of us, so that the minds are completely focused on the game and what we need to do. 'We want to crack on now. It's a good time for us to do well in the cup. The final in 2009 was disappointing but we got a taste for it and we want to repeat it if possible.'
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