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We need luck to win Cup - Moyes

Mikel Arteta
Arteta scored the vital second goal against Aston Villa

Everton boss David Moyes said his side can win the FA Cup this year, if they have a little bit of luck.

Moyes watched his side comfortably beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Goodison Park to earn a place in the quarter-final draw.

"We have had to knock out a couple of big teams already. I'd love to say we can win it, but we need a bit of good luck," he said.

Victory meant Everton will face West Ham United or Middlesbrough who replay their fifth round tie on 24 February.

Everton's win over Villa extended a run of form which has seen them lose just once in their last 13 matches.

And Moyes was quick to praise another performance made all the more impressive by the absence of several key players.

"I thought it was a good all-round performance from the team. I was worried about how it would turn out with the absence of Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini, but it turned out well in the end and the players deserved it," he added.

Moyes was quick to praise Victor Anichebe who had sat out Everton's last two games after falling out with the manager.

"Victor Anichebe did well and Jack Rodwell shone again. He showed what he can do so overall I'm very pleased to get through."

Villa manager Martin O'Neill tried to look on the bright side for his team, which is third in the Premier League and chasing a Champions League slot, while also still competing in the UEFA Cup where they face CSKA Moscow at Villa Park on Wednesday.

"We've been on the go since July because we entered the UEFA Cup through the Intertoto," O'Neill said.

"It's been a long, long time and I didn't come this far for us to fail, we've gone in as a strongly as we could.

People say finishing inside the top four is a big task but this cup is amazing and we want to achieve something special

Tim Cahill

"But maybe, not tonight, not tomorrow but I'll maybe think it's a blessing in disguise."

Everton last won the famous trophy in 1995, with victory over Manchester United, but midfielder Mikel Arteta backed the Merseysiders to go all the way this year.

Arteta scored the second goal in Everton's win and said his side are playing well enough to win a trophy.

"This is the only way we can win a trophy with Everton and we have a chance if we keep on playing like we have for the last few months," he told Setanta Sports 1.

"We stepped up another gear, we want to keep going."

After scoring Everton's third, Tim Cahill pointed to the black armband he was wearing as a sign of respect to those who have been affected by the bushfires that have ravaged his native Australia this week.

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"I dedicated the goal to the people who have lost their lives in Australia in the bush fires," he said.

"It has affected all the Australian national team and puts everything into perspective. I'm just really happy I can put something back.

"This is a massive a win for us. This is what we play for.

"People say finishing inside the top four is a big task but this cup is amazing and we want to achieve something special."


see also
Everton 3-1 Aston Villa
15 Feb 09 |  FA Cup
Swansea may face Man Utd in Cup
15 Feb 09 |  FA Cup
Sunday's football photos
15 Feb 09 |  FA Cup
Gosling is Everton hero - Osman
05 Feb 09 |  Everton


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