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Momentum is with Everton - Stuart

Graham Stuart
Stuart was a key member of Evertons' FA Cup winning side in 1995

Former Everton midfielder Graham Stuart believes the momentum from their Premier League finish could help them beat Chelsea in the FA Cup Final.

Stuart, who was an FA Cup winner with Everton in 1995, told BBC Radio Merseyside: "We've still got momentum, which could be vitally important.

"The possibility of us finishing fifth was great because it made us play up until the very end [of the season]."

The Blues were undefeated in eight of their last 10 Premier League matches.

The run included impressive draws away at Chelsea and Aston Villa and in between those games they defeated Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Stuart, who was a trainee with Chelsea but still refers to Everton as 'we', believes the Merseysiders best chance of beating the West Londoners could come from set-pieces.

"Barcelona only had one shot and got themselves into the Champions League final on the back of one shot, so I think it would be wrong to kid ourselves that we're going to tear them apart.

"At both ends of the pitch we'll have to be on our mettle at set-pieces because I fancy us every time we get a free-kick around the box or a corner because we've got such aerial strength."


Tim Cahill has played in midfield and attack for Everton this season, scoring nine goals in the process and Stuart is convinced the Australian could be key for David Moyes men.

"Cahill is not the biggest on the park but you can bet your bottom dollar if there's a goal to be had he's there.

"I really think set-pieces are going to come into this cup final in a big, big way."

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