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Everton's Duncan Ferguson calls for determination in FA Cup

Sun 10 January 2021 | 10:37

Everton assistant manager Duncan Ferguson urges the team to pay attention to the FA Cup as they need to win a prize for the supporters.

The Toffees, who haven't won any trophy since 1995, struggled until extra-time to win 2-1 over

Championship

's Rotherham and advance to the fourth round for just the second time in five seasons. 

Head manager Carlo Ancelotti rolled out eight modifications in the match by benching 6 top picks, including James Rodriguez, Michael Keane, Andre Gomes, and Seamus Coleman. 

"It is very important, it is a priority for us, it gives us a chance to win a cup for the fans," said Ferguson, a member of the 1995 cup-winning side.

"It is a big competition for us and hopefully we can go as far as we can. We will carry on picking strong teams and take it really seriously. We won't be chopping and changing.

"We are taking it seriously and picking the strongest team we could pick and hopefully we can go as deep as we can."

After Cenk Tosun's opener for

Everton

-which was his first goal since November 2019- the Toffees dropped off the speed, and Rotherham took control for the game and could have scored a couple before their merited leveler soon after half-time through the magnificent Matt Olosunde's strike. 

Rotherham manager Paul Warne and his men kept on challenging their

Premier League

adversaries, but, as mentioned above, Everton's bench was full of high-quality players, and the subbed Abdoulaye Doucoure scored right off the bat in the first half of extra time, which was enough for the Toffees to secure a win.

“I thought there were some amazing performances and Matt Olosunde got the goal that his deserved, I thought he was a thorn in their side from start to finish,” said Warne.

“He was good and I don’t know if it was the end of the second half or extra time, but Carlo changed his shape to match us up in the middle because we were over-running them in there, which is a right compliment.

“It was a really good experience for my younger players and if I could have got everyone on, I would have. I wanted them all to get a feel of these big games and enjoy it.”

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