Everton captain Phil Jagielka says the club “need to win something” after progressing to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge.
Goals from Arouna Kone and Kevin Mirallas secured a win over the League Two side at Goodison Park to send Everton into the fourth round comfortably.
The win rounds off a good week for the Toffees, who achieved a 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg in midweek.
Jagielka, who made his first appearance in two months after injury, believes that Everton’s 21-year wait for a trophy could soon come to and end.
Speaking to evertontv, Jagielka said: “We have always said we need to win something, win a cup.
“It showed the other night how much fans love being in the latter stages of a competition.
“They were great here at Goodison and it would be just as nice to get as far in the FA Cup and enjoy some special moments.”
Kone’s far-post header from Bryan Oviedo’s free-kick was the Ivorian’s first goal since his hat-trick against Sunderland in early November.
The 32-year-old was played in his preferred centre-forward position, as the 19-goal Romelu Lukaku was rested, and had most of Everton’s best chances.
In the second half he could have put the result beyond any doubt before Mirallas was felled by Nyron Nosworthy, seeing one low shot parried by Mark Cousins, then failing to get enough of a touch to Muhamed Besic’s cross with the outside of his right foot before heading wide with 10 minutes remaining.
“Number nine is my favourite position but we have a very good squad this season and Lukaku is scoring many goals,” said Kone.
“I like to play with two strikers but it was my first time to play as a number nine and I scored so I am happy – but I am ready to play anywhere to help the team.
“For a striker it is important to score every game. I think this goal will give me a little bit of confidence for future games.
“My dream is to win this cup again. Last time it was with Wigan and it will be very good to win again with Everton, who are bigger than Wigan. I think we have a good squad to win this cup.”