DAVID MOYES is confident his players won’t get caught cold at Oldham Athletic – and remains convinced Everton can qualify for the Champions League.
Moyes’s men will aim to take a step nearer a return to Wembley when they travel to the npower League One strugglers in their FA Cup fifth round tie on Saturday evening.
Everton have already negotiated trips at lower-league opposition in the competition having overcome Cheltenham Town and Bolton Wanderers.
The Goodison outfit, however, have been dumped out of the FA Cup three times by teams outside the Premier League during Moyes’s tenure, including a shock 1-0 home defeat to Oldham in 2008.
And Moyes said: "I have big respect for lower league teams. I have managed at that level, and lost games against teams from those leagues in the FA Cup before.
"I’ve lost to Oldham and to Shrewsbury, so I’m well aware what can happen if you don’t prepare correctly."
Matt Smith, Oldham’s two-goal hero in their shock 3-2 win over Liverpool in the fourth round, has been passed fit for the clash at the famously inhospitable Boundary Park ground.
Everton go into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Premier League leaders Manchester United last Sunday.
While only a fourth league defeat of the campaign, it left them six points adrift of the final Champions League qualification berth.
But with 12 games remaining, Moyes believes his players can still drag themselves back into the top four for the first time since December 22.
"I’ve always wanted to win a cup, but the way we have been doing in the league gives us a great chance (of finishing fourth)," he added.