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Michael Ball previews tonight's Toffee crunch

  • 25 February 2008 16:45
  • Posted byLeon Collins

Michael Ball is looking forward to getting back on the pitch just over two weeks after the historic 2-1 victory at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s game against one of his former clubs, Ball said: “It’s been good to have the break, obviously we didn’t want it, we really wanted to have a good cup run.

“We had the chance to go away, refresh and recharge our batteries. We’ve had a good week of training now leading up to this game.”

But during the time off, Michael had the opportunity to experience the post-derby euphoria felt by the City fans and players alike.

He revealed: “The place has been buzzing and the city’s been buzzing.

“The amount of times people are coming up and congratulating you for the performance and result is great. But we’ve got to carry on and get a result against Everton to make those three points against Manchester United worth more.”

And despite being a self-confessed boyhood Blue of the Merseyside persuasion, he admits it would be special to get one over on Moyes’ men tonight.

“Yes, it would be special, especially after the game a couple of weeks ago,” he said.

“We weren’t at the top of our form and got beat 1-0; we really thought we could have left with at least a point.

“But we’ve got a chance now at our place, where the pitch is a bit bigger, play the way we want to play and get at them early doors and come away with the points. 

“David Moyes has got them playing a style of football that has been successful for them.

“With Yakubu going there he looks a bit of a danger and fresh from three goals in Europe he’s going to be a handful.

“We just need to worry about our performance and ourselves though. They’ve got to come to us and we’ll be at them from the whistle and they’ve got to stop our players.”

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