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McCarthy now sets sights on Jose's Chelsea

JAMES McCarthy want his Everton team-mates to put their Arsenal disappointment to one side and focus on their next Premier League challenge against another London club.

McCarthy won the man of the match award and his compatriot Seamus Coleman also earned plaudits for his goal in Saturday's league game at home to Arsenal but the Toffees felt deflated to only draw 2-2 having led 2-0 against the Gunners, so McCarthy wants a sharper display when they welcome Jose Mourinho's Chelsea to Goodison next weekend.

"We will try and put the Arsenal result right next week. Chelsea are a good side but they are coming here and we will give it our best shot," said McCarthy. "It's a massive game. It won't be easy - they'll be coming here to take three points. But the way we play, we'll go out and try and earn those maximum points ourselves."

McCarthy and Coleman were last week named in the Ireland squad for the Oman/Georgia double header, both men expected to be in the starting XI for the qualifier in Tbilisi next month, and McCarthy was delighted to see Coleman claim another goal.

"Seamie's gone to the back post and it's a great header to be honest. I was winding him up about it at half time. He said he was a bit scared but was just delighted it went in," added McCarthy, who was pleased to take the man of the match award.

"It was a lot of running! But that's what I am there to do. Obviously the result is the most important thing but unfortunately we haven't managed to get the one we wanted.

"We have let another two points slip like last week. "We have had two draws so far and that's not good enough. Each and every one of us knows that.

"We need to bounce back quickly. I am sure (we will do) if the fans get behind us like they did against Arsenal - they were brilliant."

Fellow Irishman Shane Duffy again failed to make the Everton squad for he Arsenal game and the Derry native, who was named in the provisional 36-man squad by Martin O'Neill, is likely to seek a loan move away from Goodison Park to gain first team football and keep his place in the international set-up.

Former U21 cap Duffy made his debut in the end-of-season tour of the USA last but needs first team games to stay in Martin O'Neill's plans.


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