The Russian midfielder is excited as anyone at Goodison Park by Everton’s penalty shoot-out victory against holders Chelsea last weekend and is thrilled at the prospect of another extended run in the competition having not been at the club when they lost in the final in 2009.
But Bilyaletdinov knows that he and his teammates have not performed as they can in the Premier League this season and they must start focusing on lifting themselves away from the wrong end of the table and up into the top half of the standings – starting with victory over Sunderland on Saturday.
He told the club’s website: “We need two runs – one in the league and one in the cup – and we know Sunderland is a big game for us.
“The cup run is now a very important part of our season. It gives us a chance to get to Wembley and we would like to do that but it is important we don’t forget about the Premier League.
“It (the FA Cup) is a great competition. It is the second tournament in England and if you win this cup it makes history and everyone wants to win it. It is important but is second to the league and we must do well this weekend.”
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