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Baines sets his sights on FA Cup final

February 26, 2013

Leighton Baines has his sights set on the FA Cup final after Everton saw off Oldham 3-1 in a fifth-round replay at Goodison Park.

Everton will face Baines' former club Wigan in the FA Cup quarter-finals
GettyImagesEverton will face Baines' former club Wigan in the FA Cup quarter-finals

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A Baines penalty was sandwiched between goals from Kevin Mirallas and Leon Osman as Everton won 3-1 to set up a quarter-final against Baines' former club Wigan.

The England full-back told ITV1: "We've been close a couple of times and that whets your appetite. We want to go further, but we've got a tough tie next.

"We're at home so we'll be favourites, but we've had tough games against them the last couple of seasons and they're coming off the back of a good win at the weekend, so they'll be confident.''

Oldham appeared unlucky not to have a penalty of their own when Phil Jagielka's clearance struck Darron Gibson on the hand.

"I haven't seen it but [if it should have been] we'll take our bit of luck - you need it if you're going to get through in the cup," Baines said.

Osman admits the match was much closer than the result suggests, but was pleased to see Mirallas be rewarded for his consistent form.

"We knew it was going to be tough: they're very physical and good in the final third," Osman said. "He (Mirallas) has been in a good bit of form over the season, and he popped up with an important goal tonight to get the ball rolling.''

Oldham substitute Matt Smith scored his side's consolation goal, his fourth in the last two rounds of the cup against Liverpool and Everton, despite being left on the bench for both ties against the Toffees.

"It's disappointing, but it's been a good FA Cup run for the club," he said. "We played very well and we're not going to go up against a stronger opposition all season, so we can take some credit from the performance.''

"You want to start every game, especially as a forward to get a run and breed confidence in front of goal. But I'm not one to my throw toys out of the pram. I just want to help the team once I get on.''