LIVERPOOL: It is more than 20 years since Everton last won a trophy and Roberto Martinez says more silverware is long overdue as his side prepare for Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final first-leg against Manchester City.
The FA Cup in 1995 was the last addition to the trophy cabinet at Goodison Park, which during the 80s had also been home to two league titles and a further FA Cup success in 1984.
That was also the year Everton lost in the final of the League Cup, going down 1-0 to Liverpool in a replay.
Only once before, seven years previously, had Everton reached the final of the League Cup, but now they are just two legs of a semi-final against City away from going back to Wembley.
Martinez’s side have reached the last four of the competition for the first time since 2008 and the Everton manager is determined to end the trophy drought.
“I think we are on the right track in having a team that excites us,” said Martinez. “I truly believe we are not far away from bringing glory into our football club. That’s something we want more than anything, to be able to give our fans a taste of becoming a winning team once again.”
City, who won the League Cup and the Premier League in 2014, will start as favourites but despite failing to win at Goodison Park since November, Everton left-back Leighton Baines is hoping to make home advantage count ahead of the return leg at Eastlands on January 27.
“It’s a great place to play in games like that and it’s one to look forward to. It’s a really exciting game for us to be involved in,” said Baines. “It’s a busy time for us and so we have to do everything right.”
City head to Goodison lifted by their first away win in the Premier League since September as they look to reach the final at Wembley on February 28
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are chasing a possible quadruple in the League Cup, Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2016.