Tony Philliskirk ‘under no illusions’ about tough task facing Oldham Athletic in FA Cup replay at Everton

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic face a major test in their FA Cup fifth round replay against Everton according to caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk.

Latics, backed by more than 4,200 fans, will travel down the M62 to Goodison Park ten days after drawing 2-2.

Philliskirk is under no illusions, however, as to how difficult it will be to repeat the heroics of 2008 when Latics beat Everton in the third round.

“We are under no illusions that it is going to be tough. Usually when you play Premier League clubs, you get one chance, and that is not me being defeatist,” said Philliskirk.

“I am looking forward to the experience (of taking the team to Everton) and I am sure the players are.”

Athletic, who are unbeaten under Philliskirk, will give late fitness tests to James Wesolowski, Carl Winchester and James Tarkowski.

Top-scorer Jose Baxter makes a first return to Goodison Park while coach Paul Gerrard also returns and is relishing the occasion.

“It will mean a lot to me returning to Everton and it will be a memorable occasion,” said the former Everton and Oldham goalkeeper.

“We are realistic and know we go into the game as underdogs, but in the FA Cup or any cup competition anything can happen.”

The Toffees, without a win this month, have a doubt over Victor Anichebe who scored in the first match.

Latics, unbeaten in their last five cup games against Everton, will aim to complete a Merseyside double having beaten Liverpool in the last round to set up a home quarter final against Wigan Athletic.

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