En­rique: Cups count as suc­cess

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY APRIL 12 - By IAN BAKER By IAN BAKER

MA­GAYE GU­EYE says he can go from the un­known to Wem­b­ley match win­ner.

The French­man made only his fifth league start for Ever­ton in Mon­day’s 4-0 win over Sun­der­land.

But he fi­nally bagged his first goal for the club – and be­lieves that is enough to fill Steven Pien­aar’s boots.

Pien­aar is on loan from Tot­ten­ham but cup-tied as he played for Harry Redknapp’s side in the third round in Jan­uary. But Gu­eye said: “I think I have done enough. I think ev­ery day I work hard to play.

“I know I’m young and have to prove to ev­ery­one I can play.

“Steven’s a great player and ev­ery day I’m learn­ing, – I am OK be­ing a bit-part player. I have to work re­ally hard to get his place.”

Gu­eye, 21, signed from Stras­bourg in 2010 but has had to wait for his chance with plenty of sub ap­pear­ances along the way. But now he is ready to take his op­por­tu­nity with both hands.

He said: “I’m very happy with my first goal. It was hard for me when I came here but I played re­ally well. I de­served the goal be­cause I worked hard.”

Con­fi­dent

Look­ing ahead to the semi-final show­down on Satur­day, he said: “It is im­por­tant to play well as we have Liver­pool.

“I think ev­ery­body knows we can do well on Satur­day so ev­ery­one is con­fi­dent.” Although the Tof­fees are un­beaten in five and the Reds are on a shock­ing run, Good­i­son as­sis­tant Steve Round (right) be­lieves his men are un­der­dogs.

He said: “They’ve got so many great play­ers and they’re such a good club with his­tory and tra­di­tion, but we are a lot closer to them than we were.

“We’ve hit some great form and great credit to the chair­man that he man­aged to re­cruit us some grade-a play­ers in Jan­uary.” JOSE EN­RIQUE claims that what­ever hap­pens against Ever­ton, Liver­pool’s sea­son has been a suc­cess.

The Reds left-back hopes to fea­ture in the Mersey­side FA Cup semi-final derby at Wem­b­ley on Satur­day.

And de­spite their crap league form mean­ing there is no chance of a Cham­pi­ons League spot for the Kop, En­rique is happy to be win­ning tro­phies. He picked up a Car­ling Cup medal as Liver­pool beat Cardiff on penal­ties and now wants an FA Cup one to add to his col­lec­tion.

En­rique said: “The truth about this sea­son is that we al­ready have a cup and we’re still play­ing for an­other one.

“No-one can say we haven’t won any­thing this sea­son. I came here to win ti­tles and play for good things. I’ve done that – I have al­ready won one tro­phy.

“We will be play­ing in the Europa League next sea­son and I’ve never played in that com­pe­ti­tion. It wasn’t our ob­jec­tive but it’s not that bad.

“At the mo­ment this has been a great year for me and if we can take two ti­tles in one sea­son it will be amaz­ing.”

En­rique, 26, sim­ply can­not wait for the clash against their bit­ter ri­vals – and in­sists they have not even thought about los­ing.

He said: “To play Ever­ton in a derby at Wem­b­ley is one of the best games we can play and we will try to do well.

“It will be amaz­ing – two teams play­ing at 200%. It will be a spe­cial match.

“In the league we are not play­ing for any­thing, so the semi-final is very im­por­tant.”

OFF THE MARK: Gu­eye scores against

Sun­der­land and now wants to down Liver­pool at Wem­b­ley

TIED UP: Pien­aar will miss the semi-final

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