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Boss Knows Smith's Kind

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Everton boss David Moyes says thwarting Oldham Cup hero Matt Smith is just the type of challenge he would have relished as a player.

The former non-league striker has proved the scourge of Merseyside in this season's competition, netting twice to knock out Liverpool in round four before notching the Latics' injury-time equaliser against the Toffees 10 days ago.

The result is a fifth round replay at Goodison Park on Tuesday evening, with a last-eight home tie against Wigan the prize for the victors.

In his playing days, Moyes carved out a reputation as a fearsome, uncompromising centre-half, turning out for the likes of Celtic, Cambridge United and Preston North End.

At 6ft 6ins tall, battering ram Smith is a throwback to the archetypal Moyes foe.

And while such players may no longer be in vogue in the Premier League, the Blues boss knows his side may need to adopt something of his old mentality to keep their Wembley ambitions burning.

"In my day when I played you used to have one of them every week," said Moyes of Smith. "That was what my job was to do - to match them, challenge them and make sure I won as many challenges as they did.

"I think football, certainly in the Premier League, has changed and I don't think there's quite as many of that kind of player.
 
"I don't think there are quite as many teams who play using a big man the way that Oldham do, but it's part of football.

"There are no right or wrong ways to play football, the job to do in football is to win in whatever way you choose to do it. As long as it's within the rules, that's okay."

Oldham go into Tuesday's game unbeaten in four games under caretaker boss Tony Philliskirk. And Moyes added:  "I think [former manager] Paul Dickov did a good job but it's been taken on now by Tony and Paul Gerrard and I think because of that you get on a run.

"They've had a couple of good results, you gain some confidence and they're playing well."

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Colin HafezFellini is good in the air, but a terrible marker in defence, probably the best defensive forward was Duncan Ferguson, perhaps he should do some coaching with him!

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