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Moyes warns of Dragons

DAVID MOYES has warned Everton not to underestimate Wrexham as the Blues aim to bury their Worthington Cup hoodoo tonight.

DAVID MOYES has warned Everton not to underestimate Wrexham as the Blues aim to bury their Worthington Cup hoodoo tonight.

Lower league opposition Bristol Rovers, Oxford United, York City, Millwall and Crystal Palace have all claimed Everton's scalp in recent years in a competition they have never won.

But Moyes is confident his class of 2002 can side-step Denis Smith's high-flying Division Three side at the Racecourse Ground - and keep open this route into Europe.

Moyes said: "I'm not going to dwell on Everton's record in this competition. I'll just assure you that I take absolutely every game at this club seriously.

"We have a big squad here and I consider each one of them to be first-team players."

Everton have fallen at the first hurdle in each of the last three years, most recently being beaten 5-4 on penalties after drawing 1-1 with Crystal Palace 12 months ago.

And Moyes is aware Wrexham present a real threat, with hot-shot Andy Morrell leading the national goalscoring charts. He has scored 13 goals for the North Wales club in a prolific start to the season.

"Wrexham have done well recently. We've had them watched a couple of times and they are unbeaten in the last six," said Moyes.

Morrell, a late starter in professional football after being signed from Newcastle Blue Star by former Wrexham boss Brian Flynn, has also impressed Blues' assistant manager Alan Irvine.

He said: "He was a handful against Exeter when I watched him and has been a handful for other teams to cope with.

"He's not a big lad but he has a good spring and times his jump well.

"This game is very important for us. Ask any team who have won the Cup whether they are happy or not, and they'll tell you that they're delighted."

Everton expect to name the same squad from the one that beat Fulham on Saturday, although Mark Pembridge missed training yesterday with an eye infection.

Boss Moyes will still be without injured trio Steve Watson, Alessandro Pistone and Juliano Rodrigo but will stick with in-form frontman Kevin Campbell.

The 32-year-old scored his fifth goal of the campaign in the 2-0 win over Fulham and has played the full 90 minutes of every match this season.

But Moyes will resist resting Campbell tonight. He said: "There could be a temptation to give him a break but on the other hand he will want to keep going right now with the goals going in for him."

Everton youngster Wayne Rooney is also in contention to start as he seeks his first senior goal.


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