Skipper urges Toffees to take best form to Stamford BridgeEverton captain Phil Neville and striker Louis Saha spoke of their disappointment in the wake of their 1-1 draw in the FA Cup with Chelsea after losing the lead and being held to a draw at Goodison Park.
The Merseyside team opened the scoring on 62 minutes with a Saha header, but they couldn't keep out a counter-attacking Chelsea who created a goal straight from clearing an Everton corner.
Phil Neville told ESPN: "We’re all disappointed I think second half we really took the game to Chelsea. First half it was really even-stevens, they had a chance we had a really good chance. I think if Seamus Coleman had put that in, a great tackle from Michael Essien, you’ve got to admire tackles like that. They save games for you. They counter attack on the break and score when we’ve really got all the play and all the possession and we’re really disappointed."
The tie will now be played again, this time in Chelsea's own back-yard, were it is always a challenge to get a result.
Neville added: "We’ve played really well against the big teams this season and we showed again today that we can play well and we are a good team and we’ve now got to produce that in the replay at Stamford Bridge because it’s going to be a hell of a task down there."
The game struggled to take off until well into the second half as both teams required a bit more poise and consistancy about their play, but the action hotted up as soon as Saha's goal went in and lasted to the end.
The Everton captain said on manager David Moyes' half-time team-talk: "He [Moyes] wanted more urgency and more energy, it’s an FA Cup tie, he wanted us to play at our tempo and get the ball forward as the sun was right in the Chelsea defenders eyes and the big man [Saha] up front today was world class and he caused them a lot of problems.
"As I said we’re really disappointed if that goal goes in I think we would have won the tie and gone through to the next round a couple of years ago we drew with Liverpool and we won the replay so we’ve got to do it the hard way again."Saha's goal continued his tradition of scoring against Chelsea, a team he always seem to shine against, but was always focussed on the game's result rather than his own merits.
"Yes it seems to be that way," the Frenchman said of his form against the visitors. "The main thing is the result today. Going to Stamford Bridge for the replay is going to be a big task so it’s [the result] a big disappointment but we are looking forward to that game.
"We are bit fed up about draws it is now time to start winning and getting points if it’s the league. That’s the frustration when you’re playing well but not showing that killer instinct so it’s a bit of a shame."
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