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Elphick: We can take confidence from the 3-3 draw with Everton into tonight's game

Posted: Sat 20 Feb 2016

AFC Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick believes the Cherries can take confidence from their thrilling 3-3 draw with Everton earlier in the season into today’s Emirates FA Cup game.

The skipper was absent with injury from the dramatic game at Vitality Stadium back in November and missed two of the goals after walking to the dressing room before the final whistle.

Elphick believes the Cherries can take their experiences from that game and use them to positive effect against the Toffees this time round.

"That game was crazy," Elphick said.

"I was out of the game but I remember making my way down from my seat to the dressing room area and I missed two of the goals and all the drama! 

"But I feel we can take the positives from that game and it can give us confidence going into tomorrow. 

"They have so much talent and have taken the competition pretty seriously, hopefully they’ll do it again and play a strong side."

Elphick has played for the under-21s and completed 76 minutes against Portsmouth in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Now, the skipper is eager to prove his fitness should he be picked by Eddie Howe.

"It’s something I feel ready for now," Elphick explained.

"It’s another stepping stone in the right direction.

"We’ve taken the right course leaving it a little bit longer, as if I play a game I’d lose training days. So I’ve been able to do bits of training and the fitness work I needed, so hopefully I should be ready for the game against Everton should I play.

"It’s the perfect game for me to find out where I am, to play against a Barclays Premier League team that like to play football, with some of the best players in the league."
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