There’s another busy Sunday of FA Cup action as Everton take on Carlisle in the hope of avoiding another giant killing (KO 13:30).
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Everton will be keen to atone for the disappointment of losing out on a place in the Capital One cup final when they travel to face Carlisle in the FA cup.
The Toffee’s let slip a 2-1 first leg win as they went down 3-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad midweek.
The defeat was their second on the trot following a 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea. In all the Blues have won just one of their last 5 games and just three of their last 12.
The club have won just 6 matches all season and sit 12th in the table. The run of form has led to speculation over the future of Roberto Martinez and speaking ahead of the clash with Carlisle, the Spanish boss called for patience from fans.
It’s not unknown territory,” he said. “We respect the FA Cup competition and what it brings, but on Sunday it’s not a case of a Premier League team against a League Two side – it’s going to be two teams with their own aspirations and we have to be ready for Carlisle.
“We have to match their enjoyment in the competition as we did with Dagenham & Redbridge in the third round t’s an away tie, so we’re an expecting an uncomfortable start and we’ll have to settle into the game quickly to make sure we cope with what is a very tricky game.”
Martinez also confirmed his expectation that Steven Pienaar, James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman and Tom Cleverley would all be available on Sunday and all revealed that Kevin Mirallas will have a fitness test.
Everton last met Carlisle in 2010 in the same competition with James Vaughan, Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines all scoring in a 3-1 win. That was their only win that season with Birmingham winning 2-1 in the next round.
Carlisle meanwhile are 11th in League 2 and last beat the Blues in 1974.
The club itself as been drastically affected by the recent weather, but have been preparing a new pitch.
Head Groundsman Dave Mitchell Told The FA.com:
“After we had pumped the water out we were left with a layer of muck on the turf about 10mm thick. We had a walk on it and made a real mess! There was absolutely no chance you could play a game of football on it. It wasn’t safe, if would affect the quality of the game, so we made the decision that the only way forwards was to relay the pitch.
“I feel frustrated we can’t play this game on the old pitch, it was a good pitch. It can’t produce what we want it to produce, because it’s a stop gap until the end of the season. There were no ill-effects after the weekend and it’s been relatively warm this week, albeit there has been a lot of rain”