Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has dismissed the notion that his move from Everton is behind the Toffees' impressive record against the Premier League champions.
The centre-back moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2009 for £22 million, in a move that angered manager David Moyes and Everton fans alike for its protracted nature.
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And since his departure, City have only managed just one victory in seven attempts against Moyes’ men - with five defeats in the process - but Lescott expects Everton’s recent loss to Wigan in the FA Cup to energise his former club more than the prospect of facing him.
"It might be the case that it fires them up," Lescott told Manchester Evening News. "But when I was at Everton we beat City on a number of occasions, so I don’t think it’s all down to my transfer.
"I wouldn’t say they raise their game against us, because they are always tough opponents against any team. Goodison is a tough away ground. The whole club will be disappointed with their result against Wigan, and you know they will be hard at it in training and determined to get a result against us.
"The fact they have gone out has no bearing on what happens tomorrow. We know it’s a very tough game, and has been since I joined the club. We know if we are not fully on it we will lose, so we have to go there determined to get three points and with the same application we showed against Barnsley."