Everton are into the last 16 of the FA Cup and in contention for the top four in the Premier League as the business end of the season moves into view.

Achieving either objective would represent a successful season for the Toffees, in truth.

But during an exclusive interview with former Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn, he told us that if he could only choose one, it’d be lifting the famous old trophy.

And he feels that Carlo Ancelotti’s strong team selection against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday indicates how seriously he’s taking the task of ending Everton’s trophy drought.

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“You can tell from that team Ancelotti’s put out, he’s desperate to win something this year,” Martyn told Everton News. “That was important.

“It was a very strong team performance and it was good to see. It was just about the strongest team he could have played.

“That shows the level of importance he’s going to put on the FA Cup. If it is going to be Tottenham in the next round, it says to Mourinho, you’ve got to play your best team as well, which is good to see.

“That’s important for the FA Cup too, that some teams do take it seriously.”

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When we asked what Martyn would prefer, he said: “I’d like to win something, it’s been too long.

“But there’s no reason you can’t fight on two fronts, it’s been done before. You play your strongest team each round and on Premier League days.

“You’ve just got to do it and do the work on the training ground.”

With many of their rivals for the top four back in European action next week, Everton should be able to take advantage of that.

As Martyn says, there’s no reason Ancelotti can’t play strong sides in both the league and the cup to chase down both objectives in the second half of the season.

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