Roberto Martinez has challenged Everton’s supporters to bring the noise for tomorrow night’s Capital One Cup showdown with Manchester City.
Ending a seven-year wait to reach a final is currently just 180 minutes away for the Blues should they overcome Manuel Pellegrini’s side in their last four encounter.
And with a home advantage in the first leg, Martinez has thrown down the gauntlet to Evertonians to make Goodison Park a cauldron of noise when the Citizens visit.
He said: “I know for a fact Goodison will be rocking, the atmosphere will be special.
“Man City are expected to win any competition they go into, but I feel playing in front of our fans with Goodison at its intimidating best we can face anyone.
“First and foremost we need to be aware of the special side that we have. If we lose any players it will be for football reasons and the squad will ultimately benefit from it.
“The fans are sharing the same frustration that we share. We have shown some great signs, but we need to be patient. You cannot just click our fingers overnight and expect to become a good team.
“A team that can score goals and be attractive to watch like we want to do at Everton and then have the know-how to keep leads and win games with ease.
“The performances have been very, very consistent and that is where the frustration. We all need to learn as a football club that we have a special group of players and we have to help them.
“We have to make them stronger in keeping leads and getting points the performances deserve. We can only do that with the help of our fans and our crowd.”