Everton midfielder Pienaar excited with long FA Cup run

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is excited going into their FA Cup clash with Wigan Athletic.

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is excited going into their FA Cup clash with Wigan Athletic.

Victory over the Latics would secure a return to Wembley, where Everton were beaten by neighbours Liverpool in last season's FA Cup semi-finals, but Pienaar is not thinking that far ahead yet.

The 30-year-old said: "We don't have to talk about it now. The most important thing is Wigan and it is not going to be an easy hurdle to go past.

"That is important and at the final whistle maybe we can talk about it."

Everton will at least go into the game in positive mood after the disappointment of last week's late capitulation at Norwich.

Pienaar said: "It does give us a lot of confidence but the FA Cup is going to be a totally different game.

"We all know it is not the same as the league. We are playing against good opposition, so it is going to be hard. With the 12th man behind us hopefully we can go all the way."

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