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Baxter takes on Toffees in text match

17 Feb 2013 14:17:09

Baxter takes on Toffees in text match

Jose Baxter is looking forward to more teasing with his former Everton team-mates before Oldham mount their second bid to knock the Toffees out of the FA Cup.

The 21-year-old playmaker, who rejected a new contract at Goodison Park last summer in pursuit of regular first-team football, played his part for Oldham in their dramatic 2-2 draw against David Moyes' men in the fifth round on Saturday.

He told Press Association Sport: "It was unbelievable, seeing so many of my old team-mates and my old manager who gave me the chance that I'm really grateful for, and what a manager he is. Instead of them being my team-mates and my manager they were the opposition, so it was a bit of an awkward one but I didn't half enjoy it."

Matt Smith's equaliser deep into stoppage time sent Boundary Park into raptures and put Oldham's name in the hat for the quarter-finals for the first time since 1994. The teams will do battle against on Wednesday, February 27, at Goodison.

Baxter has remained in regular contact with a number of the Everton first-team squad and exchanged text messages with England duo Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka before the match, in which the latter handed the Premier League side a 2-1 lead.

"It's only friendly banter like 'I'll see you soon' and Bainesy having a little bit of a joke," Baxter added. "They're proper professionals. They wouldn't disrespect me or the club and say they're going to beat us. They really are top lads and the performances they put in for Everton show how good they are."

Victor Anichebe had hauled Everton level after on-loan Reading winger Jordan Obita handed Oldham a 13th-minute lead. Smith, who scored twice when Oldham stunned Liverpool 3-2 in round four, came off the bench in the final half-hour on Saturday and powered home Jonathan Grounds' right-wing corner.

However, along with alleging a foul on goalkeeper Tim Howard in the flurry of set-piece pressure that led to Oldham's equaliser, Moyes felt there was a question of offside surrounding Obita's opener.

The Everton manager said: "There was a little bit, but it was our fault - it was our corner kick and we didn't defend it well enough, the ball broke out from the edge of the box and we ended up losing a goal at the other end."

The replay will be Everton's first home game in the cup this season but Moyes added: "I think sometimes when you are having a run in the cup, you don't always get it quite the way you want it. We have not had any draws at home. All we can do now is try to win the next game against Oldham."


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