EVERTON goalkeeper Tim Howard wants to bring the Wembley feel-good factor back to Goodison Park.
David Moyes’ side are a game away from returning to the national stadium where they suffered at the hands of city rivals Liverpool in a 2-1 semi-final defeat last year– a memory Howard and his team-mates would like to banish.
“The way Wembley makes me feel, makes the team feel and makes the fans feel gives you drive to get back there,” he said.
“It’s always tough to lose to Liverpool in those circumstances on the big occasion so getting over it’s never easy.
“You kind of puff your chest out when you know you’re going to go to Wembley – everyone gets excited, the ticket requests all come in and people are singing the songs. So it’s important but for us to get to it we’ve got to take care of Wigan.
“The draw’s been favourable, we got a home draw finally, so that’s good.”
Victory over Oldham at the second time of asking ended a February run of four winless games for Everton.
Howard said: “I don’t think we’re firing on all cylinders at the moment but I think it’s a good thing – we’ve advanced in the Cup, we’ve got a home draw and when you look at the league table we’re still in the thick of it.
“We’re going to have to start doing the business but we’re still there.”