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Everton ready to win Cup - Moyes

FA Cup final: Chelsea v Everton
Venue: Wembley Stadium Date: Sat, 30 May Kick-off: 1500 BST Coverage: Live on ITV1, Setanta Sports, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8 FM, 1485 MW, DAB and online. Live text on BBC Sport website.


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My best-ever side due win - Moyes

Everton boss David Moyes feels his team are "due" to win a competition, and sees Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea as an ideal opportunity.

He told BBC Sport: "Before the semi-final I said we're due to win something soon, and that doesn't change for me.

"This is undoubtedly the best Everton team I've had. There is a great team spirit here, it's very much team-orientated rather than individuals."

Everton take on the Blues after beating Manchester United on penalties.

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Although Moyes is opposed to the policy of playing Cup semi-finals at Wembley, he said the experience of beating United at the giant stadium would prove invaluable.

"The match against Manchester United was as close to a final as you can get. The players have learnt from the surroundings there and what to expect on the day.

"We're not in finals that often and there may be more focus on that. We will be the underdogs on Saturday and rightly so because Chelsea finished above us in the league but we'll go there with confidence and I don't think Wembley will be strange to us so I'm looking forward to it.

"The final is a one-off game between two teams and anything can happen on the day. We have to hope good fortune shines on us."

Cahill respects 'genius' Hiddink

Everton and Chelsea have played out two goalless matches in the Premier League this season, and Moyes said he expected another closely-contested match this time.

Much of Chelsea's success has been credited to the arrival of coach Guus Hiddink in February.

Moyes, himself a record three-time winner of the official manager of the year award, said: "Hiddink has done terrific wherever he's been. He's come in and done a great job at Chelsea in a short time but let's be fair, Chelsea's players are good players and I think a lot of people could have taken on the Chelsea job and done a good job.

"But Hiddink's experience has shown and he's steadied them and made them a solid side in the last three to four months."

Howard praises ego-free Everton

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill played under Hiddink for the Australia national side and said he retained a lot of respect for the Dutchman.

"The calibre and stature of the man speaks for itself. I'm very thankful for what he did in the World Cup. He's honest, stamps his authority. None of his players get a chance to overpower him you and never know if you're going to be in the team or not."

Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard said Goodison Park was no place for players with attitude.

"If someone came through these doors with a big price-tag and a huge ego they'd get laughed at," said the 6ft 2in American.

"The guys are so down-to-earth, even the star players like Phil Jagielka and Tim Cahill. There are no jerks around the place, it's a fun place to come to work. You know people are going to put their heads down and put some hard work in, but it's going to be kind of lively as well."

Everton winger Steven Pienaar added : "We have already beaten two of the top four to get to the final, Liverpool and then Manchester United, so why can't we make it three?

"We have drawn with Chelsea twice already, so we really believe we can beat them this time.

"We accept that this will be a difficult final. Chelsea are a tough side with good players in all positions, but we believe we can certainly match them."



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