Oldham midfielder Croft: This is for Paul

Lee Croft impressed against Liverpool. Photo: PA

Oldham midfielder Lee Croft says if his side can claim their second Merseyside FA Cup scalp of 2013 on Saturday night they will dedicate it to former manager Paul Dickov.

As the former Manchester City man and his team-mates prepare to face Everton in the televised clash at Boundary Park the 27-year-old paid tribute to Dickov, who oversaw a giantkilling victory over Liverpool in the previous round.

Just a week after the Latics enjoyed a stunning 3-2 victory against Brendan Rogers` men, Dickov departed the club after two and a half years in charge, leaving behind a squad who had developed a real connection with the former Arsenal man.

"There isn`t a player in the squad who wasn't gutted when the gaffer left, he had a lot of respect for the lads and ultimately it was down to us," Croft told Press Association Sport.

"Because it was our performances and our results that meant he left the club. "Hopefully we can get another good result against Everton like we did against Liverpool and dedicate it to him."

Their attempts at achieving that goal were given a boost when the npower League One side were drawn at home again.

And Croft hopes a full Boundary Park can help swing the tie in their favour.

He said: "It is quite an intimidating place to play sometimes and Everton won't be used to a ground with just three sides!

"If we had been playing at Goodison I'm sure our chances would have been a lot slimmer but with our home supporters, who played a big part against Liverpool, behind us again hopefully they can be our twelfth man and help us to another big result."

Just as Liverpool took the likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard to Boundary Park, David Moyes looks likely to name a strong line-up for the fifth-round tie.

The Scot's previous team selections suggest he is taking the competition seriously having made just slight tweaks to his line-ups for the cup victories at Cheltenham and Bolton.

And Croft, who knows Everton midfielder Leon Osman from their schooldays at Wigan, believes Moyes will not underestimate the Latics.

"I think they will show us a lot of respect after what we did to Liverpool and it'll be a great opportunity to pit our wits against top Premier League players and everyone is relishing that," he said.

"We regularly come up against teams in this division that are big and physical upfront and play in the way Everton do and hopefully our centre-halves can deal with that threat.

"I've played against Everton a couple of times and had a good few results against them in the past so hopefully I can add another win to that list."

Live televised appearances for the Latics have been few and far between in recent years but a second 90 minutes in the spotlight in 2013 is good news for Croft`s brother Stuart, who follows his progress from across the pond.

"My brother lives in America in North Carolina so it`ll be great that he will get to watch the game as well," he said. "The time difference isn't too bad so he'll be able to tune in.

"He listens to all my games and is gutted to be missing them so it'll be nice for him to have another live televised game to watch as well, and against another Premier League team."

Striker Matt Smith, the hero in the previous round, could return after a shoulder problem picked up in that victory.

Fellow forward Robbie Simpson has also made his comeback from a hamstring injury and may be in contention.

Oldham have also been boosted by the availability of their three loanees.

Reading midfielder Jordan Obita and strikers Chris Iwelumo and Lee Barnard, borrowed from Watford and Southampton respectively, have had the go-ahead to feature.