Midweek Sport - - ON THE NOSE - By GRA­HAM CHASE

JOHN HEITINGA wants to pile more mis­ery on Liver­pool when Ever­ton host the first Mersey­side derby of the sea­son at Good­i­son this week­end.

The Blues stunned their Kop ri­vals by nip­ping ahead of the Reds to fin­ish seventh in the Premier League last term.

And, af­ter David Moyes’ boys got off to a blis­ter­ing start this time around, they could move NINE points clear of the Reds af­ter just nine games.

It has been more than two years since Ever­ton last tasted vic­tory in a derby.

Dutch star Heitinga re­fuses to be­lieve that Ever­ton are favourites for the clash de­spite their im­proved open­ing to the cam­paign. But he ad­mits he’s hop­ing to heap the pres­sure on the Blues’ bit­ter ri­vals.

“I can’t wait un­til Sun­day be­cause it’s the big­gest game of the year in my eyes,” said Heitinga.

“It’s a home game as well and if you take a look at the ta­ble, if we win there’ll be a big gap be­tween us and Liver­pool.

“I’m not talk­ing about us be­ing favourites be­cause this is a game that is dif­fer­ent to other league games be­cause it’s a big derby match and the sta­di­ums are not far from each other – there is pretty much just a park be­tween the two grounds.

“In games like this there are some dif­fer­ent emo­tions that come up into your body.”


Heitinga main­tains he’s not both­ered about Moyes us­ing a ro­ta­tion sys­tem at the back this term.

Phil Jagielka has been a con­stant starter for the Good­i­son chief – who said the stop­per pro­duced the dis­play of an Eng­land star in the 1-1 draw at QPR.

But Heitinga and Syl­vain Dis­tin have had to be con­tent with shar­ing the spot be­side Jags.

Heitinga, 28, played in the last World Cup fi­nal for Hol­land but now has to put up with not be­ing a reg­u­lar for the Good­i­son Park out­fit.

But he in­sists he isn’t too con­cerned about the sit­u­a­tion.

He added: “I’m not frus­trated. We’ve got three re­ally good cen­tre-halves at the club. The man­ager spoke with all three of us and told us we were all

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