Thursday 14 December 2017

Oviedo admits Toffees' League Cup bid may have impacted on Premier League position

Bryan Oviedo Photo: PA
Bryan Oviedo Photo: PA

Defender Bryan Oviedo admits the distraction of a potential Wembley final in the League Cup may have impacted on Everton's league form.

After booking their place in the two-legged semi-final against Manchester City in early December the Toffees managed just one league win - coincidentally against Newcastle - before Wednesday's 3-0 victory over the Magpies.

They exited the cup competition last week after defeat in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium but bounced back with a 3-0 win at League Two Carlisle in the FA Cup and then repeated the feat against the Magpies in the Premier League.

"The Capital One Cup maybe was a little distraction from the Premier League for us," said Oviedo ahead of tomorrow's clash at Stoke.

"With this team that doesn't need to happen but sometimes it does.

"Sometimes it is difficult. We were very sad to lose at Man City but right now it is different. We need to focus on the most important thing which is the next few games. If we win the next few games we are nearer the top again.

"At the moment we are focusing on the most important thing which is the Premier League right now and the FA Cup." He added: "We need to make a winning team. I think the team looked strong (against Newcastle) and we need to continue like that."

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