February 20, 2024

James Tarkowski has called on his Everton side to use the disappointment of their Carabao Cup exit as motivation against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

Everton will play for the first time tonight since the Premier League charged them with breaking its financial rules. Both the Blues and Nottingham Forest have been referred to an independent commission for alleged breaches of profit and sustainability regulations in their accounts for 2022/23.
The Goodison Park club are also appealing against a 10-point deduction from a previous charge.

Sean Dyche’s side saw their League Cup campaign end in heartbreak against Fulham last month. Despite Beto cancelling out Michael Keane’s own goal in the second half, Tosin Adarabioyo was the hero for Marco Silva’s side, converting the winning spot-kick in the shootout. Now, after a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park, the Blues have a second chance to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

“We had the chance in the League Cup and missed out on that on penalties,” Tarkowski said. “We are ready to go again in the cup. We are looking forward to it.

“I thought we played pretty well down there, created a few chances, and obviously got the red card that went against us (Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s, which was overturned on appeal). Hopefully, on Wednesday night, we get a big win and move to the next round.”

Everton come into the game on the back of a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa last time out. While a good result, the Blues are without a win since their 2-0 victory over Burnley on December 16.

But despite their struggles in front of goal in recent weeks, Everton have managed to pick up back-to-back clean sheets, and Tarkowski believes that his team-mates should take heart from keeping teams out.


He said: “Most teams will say you build from your defensive performances and keeping clean sheets, and that was another case (against Villa).I think they are a very good side and it was difficult at times when they opened up and mixed it and put it in behind.

“We defended resiliently. We put bodies on the line when we needed to, and I thought our shape was excellent all day.

“There are times when teams like that are going to cut you open because they are a top, top side, but for most of the game we defended really well and I am pleased with the clean sheet.

“I think we are always going to be difficult to beat. There have been games this season where we have played really well and not got the result we needed.

“It is nice to take a point away from the game when we have defended well, worked well and ideally we take three points, but if you don’t score, then hopefully you keep a clean sheet and get that point on the board.”



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