Everton boss David Moyes is wary of FA Cup humiliation ahead of Cheltenham clash
David Moyes will use the memory of his first FA Cup experience with Everton as motivation for the trip to Cheltenham.
Last Updated: 07/01/13 7:18pm
The Scot had been in charge at Goodison Park for 10 months when he took his side to Shrewsbury in the third round and saw former Toffees' defender Kevin Ratcliffe, in charge of a side 80 places below in the lower reaches of the then third division, get the better of him.
Moyes has never forgotten that result - or a home defeat to League One Oldham four years ago - and it always seems to spring to mind when Everton get drawn against lower league opposition around this time of year.
Everton have already come unstuck this season against lower-placed opposition when Leeds beat them in the Capital One Cup.
"I am more wary of what happened against Shrewsbury 10 years ago," said Moyes ahead of the trip to the League Two side.
"We went out then so it's happened to us in the past. We have to make sure it doesn't happen - although we were trying to do that then as well.
"There are no guarantees in football, you have to go and earn the right to win the games.
"You like to play at home but when you see some of the real mouth-watering ties which have come out - some all-Premier League clashes - I wouldn't say we've been lucky but at least we have lower opposition.
"It has not always been the easiest thing in the past, we have lost at places like Shrewsbury and we lost at home to Oldham so we're well aware how difficult it will be, no matter who you draw.
"You would expect Premier League players to have the extra quality but is their attitude right, are they prepared for what is to come?
"The lower opposition tend to get themselves a little bit higher and more ready for it as it gives them a chance to showcase themselves and you have to be ready for that."
Everton reached the 2009 FA Cup final and were denied a place in last year's Wembley showpiece by near-neighbours Liverpool's semi-final victory
Moyes has yet to win a trophy in nearly 11 years at the club and the FA Cup, which the Toffees last lifted in 1995, remains one of his most sought-after targets even if he believes it has lost some of its appeal for other clubs.
"We want to go as far as we can in the FA Cup," he added.
"We'll not under-estimate Cheltenham and we'll have to go there and do a really good job if we are to get through to the next round.
"It is something where Everton have had success at times and it is a trophy people would like you to be involved in.
"We've been to one final, got to the semi-final last season so we'd like to do it again and get to the cup final.
"I think it has lost its excitement a little bit, as it goes on it gets better.
"There is so much at stake now in the Premier League, there is so much coverage, so in a way the FA Cup has been put on the back burner.
"But I think it is a cup competition every team wants to win but if you really pushed the chairmen and managers of clubs they would say certainly doing well in the Premier League is the priority."