Everton's Ross Barkley hopes for FA Cup run after League Cup agony

Everton were knocked out in the semi-finals of the League Cup despite holding a lead, but Barkley is hopeful they can have a good run in the FA Cup.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is hoping the side can produce something special in the FA Cup this season as they prepare for their fifth round clash against Bournemouth at the weekend. 

The Toffees came close to making it to Wembley in the League Cup after they held a 3-1 aggregate lead against Manchester City in the early stages of the second leg of their tie at the Etihad Stadium, but were unable to hold on as City overturned that lead - with the help of a poor refereeing decision in the process.

Everton have managed to progress against both Dagenham & Redbridge and Carlisle United in the competition so far, and are favourites against Bournemouth to make it through to the quarter finals.

Barkley is quoted in the Liverpool Echo reflecting on how the League Cup semi-final panned out, saying: “After the game I was down because it was in our hands after we scored the first goal.

“These things happen in football and we’re hoping to have another cup run in the FA Cup and we know that if we make the semis, which we are hoping to, then we’re at Wembley and we can do something special this season.

“Hopefully we can push on in the FA Cup and everything can click in the games and we can go on in a run in that.”

It's another opportunity for Everton to end their wait for a trophy but there are plenty of big names remaining in the competition - though if the Toffees progress, they will in the knowledge that at least one of Chelsea and Manchester City will be eliminated as they play each other at Stamford Bridge.

But Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham are among the sides who remain in the competition so Everton are likely to face one of the big guns if they want to go all the way and win their first major honour in 21 years.

Certainly Everton will want something to show from this season. They have a very talented squad and should be doing than their current league position suggests as they have the attacking talent of a side closer to the top four rather than the 11th place they currently find themselves in. 

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