DAVID MOYES has vowed to carry on fielding his strongest possible line-up in the FA Cup after watching Everton comfortably sidestep a potential banana skin.
A near full-strength Goodison outfit sealed their place in the fourth round with a 5-1 romp at npower League Two promotion hopefuls Cheltenham Town last night.
Nikica Jelavic, a Leighton Baines penalty, Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini all found the target with Russell Penn responding for the hosts.
While many Premier League teams fielded weakened sides, Moyes learned the lesson from when a largely second-string Everton were eliminated from the Capital One Cup by Leeds United back in September.
And he said: “I don't know if it was the strongest side sent out by a Premier League team this weekend, and it could have been seen as folly if I'd picked up injuries. It would have been made to look a bad decision.
“We did a job. I wanted to try and progress in the Cup if we could and we have a bit of momentum I wanted to try and keep going.
“We don't have Europa League games, we don't have League Cup semi-finals at the moment so we've not really got an awful lot to get in the way of this competition.
“We tried to give it the best we can.”
Apart from long-term absentees Tony Hibbert and Kevin Mirallas, the only other players missing for Everton were Steven Pienaar and John Heitinga.