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Monday 20 August 2018

Moyes' praise for Gibson ahead of Cup tie

DAVID MOYES has praised Darron Gibson's attitude after the Ireland international returned to the Everton side from injury.

The 24-year-old had been out of action for five weeks, forcing him to miss five games for his club as well as Ireland's friendly against the Czech Republic last month, but he returned to the Toffees side in style for Saturday's 2-0 win away to Swansea and he hopes to feature again in tonight's FA Cup quarter-final replay away to Sunderland.

"I think he might need six months to get him the way I like. I thought he was much better in the second half on Saturday. He passed the ball much better to what I expected," said Moyes.

"Now I'm expecting him to up it again. He's someone who has not played a lot of football, doesn't know much about me, is just settling in, but overall, I thought he had a decent contribution for a boy who has been out for a month.

"He's got a great shot on him, he can pass it well and he's got a bit of experience for a young boy.

"We hope in time he will work out well for us. I'm going to need time with him, like the others," added Moyes, who is without the injured Seamus Coleman for tonight's clash.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill, meanwhile, will leave nothing to chance against Everton tonight as he plots a path to Wembley.

O'Neill, who has never won the FA Cup either as a player or a manager, is determined to deny Everton that opportunity, even if that means extra-time and penalties. He said: "Penalties are something that are part of the results business now. It has to finish tonight one way or the other, but I am never so sure you are totally prepared for a penalty."

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