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Baxter's dream day

17 February 2013

Jose's going back to Everton

Jose Baxter described it as a night to remember as Latics held his former club Everton to a 2-2 draw in the last 16 of the FA Cup with Budweiser.

And the 21-year-old added it will be extra special when he returns to Goodison Park for the replay.

Baxter was an Everton player between the ages of six and 20 years and still is the youngest-ever player to feature in their first team.

He said: "It was definitely one of the highlights of my career and a privilege to play against my former team mates with Phil Jagielka and Victor Anichebe good mates of mine.

"I am looking forward to returning to Goodison Park which until last summer was my home.

"I love the club and the fans and it will be great to go back." 

Looking back on yesterday's incredible cup tie, Baxter says Latics fully deserved to earn a replay.

He explained: "It was an unbelievable result to draw against Everton who are a top Premier League side.

"We worked our socks off and fought to the end and were rewarded in the last minute when big Smudge (Matt Smith) came on and caused problems as he can.

"David Moyes is a top manager who does things professionally so I was not surprised when I saw he played his strongest side.

"Everton have a great team and they played some good football at times, but we managed to get in amongst them."

And there was also a special message for the supporters.

He said: "The atmosphere was amazing and, even doing the warm down, some fans remained to clap us.

"They were brilliant against Liverpool and pushed us all the way again against Everton."

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