James McCarthy

McCarthy eyeing league improvement after cup win

James McCarthy Everton awayJames McCarthy is urging Everton to use Saturday’s FA Cup victory as a platform to improve results in the Barclays Premier League.

The Toffees overcame Chelsea 2-0 in the weekend quarter-final tie at Goodison Park thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s first goals against his former side.

And after securing a place in the last four of the competition, attentions now turn back to a league campaign that has stuttered throughout 2015/16.

The Blues, currently sittings 12th in the league standings, take on Arsenal on home soil on March 19.

And 25-year-old McCarthy is desperate for himself and his team mates to finally go on a run of form to climb as high as possible up the table.

Asked how important the cup win was, the midfielder said: “It’s massive, especially after last week (3-2 defeat to West Ham).

“We know the home form hasn’t been good enough – we’ve been conceding poor goals but now it’s all about finishing strongly and kicking on.

“We were out there to do a job and because Chelsea had played on Wednesday night we wanted to make a high intensity game, and at times it was.

“It was really intense, we took it to them and after a couple of half chances we got a good goal at the right time and the second finishes the game off.

“There was real disappointment in the changing room (against West Ham) but on Saturday night there was a real buzz about the place.

“But now we need to kick on and finish this season strongly, we know the talent we’ve got in the squad.

“We’re looking forward to the semi-final but, for now, most important is the league and making sure we kick on.”

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Tom Power is a 28 year old trainee journalist and assistant editor of NSNO.

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