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Monday 23 October 2017

Coleman is sweet on FA Cup run with Toffeees

Everton’s Seamus Coleman (left) and Chelsea’s Diego Costa battle for the ball during the FA Cup quarter-final match at Goodison Park.
Everton’s Seamus Coleman (left) and Chelsea’s Diego Costa battle for the ball during the FA Cup quarter-final match at Goodison Park.

Seamus Coleman hopes that an FA Cup success, and a good finish to the Premier League campaign, can help the Everton players make amends to their fans for a frustrating season.

The Toffees remain in contention for a trophy this term as they're in the last four of the FA Cup, thanks to last week's win over Chelsea, but Coleman admits that the season, overall, has been a disappointment.

"It's no secret or there's no hiding behind the fact that we haven't been good enough in the league this season. It's a simple as that. We want to give the fans something to be happy about and also build momentum for the FA Cup semi-final," said the Ireland defender, hopeful that the 2-0 Cup win over Chelsea made up for the collapse at home to West Ham a week earlier.

"It wasn't just a case of messing up against West Ham and getting on with it - it hurt for a few days. We have got a good bunch who want to do well for each other, do well for the manager and do well for the Club," he added, pointing out the value of striker Romelu Lukaku - though Coleman's insistence that the Belgian forward is one of the best in the league is a worry ahead of Ireland's clash with Belgium at Euro 2016.

"His first goal was special. He went past a couple of defenders and then it was a great finish. It's something that we see every day in training and something that we know he is capable of. When he is on his game, there's not many better in the Premier League. His goals show that and we are lucky to have him," added Coleman.

It was also a good weekend for Coleman's team-mate Aiden McGeady as he scored his first goal at club level in 19 months for Sheffield Wednesday in their win over Nottingham Forest, boss Carlos Carvalhal pleased that patience with McGeady has paid off.

"When Gary Hooper came, for four or five weeks people had some questions about the player. But we persisted with Gary and Fernando [Forestieri] because we know the players. McGeady is the same. They all had the potential and we create the conditions to show the potential they have," Carvalhal said.

"We are persisting with McGeady. We know the player, we know the quality he has."

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