Simon Davies insists Everton will take nothing for granted against his old side Peterborough in the Carling Cup tonight.
Davies, 26, knows from experience that Everton cannot expect a walkover at London Road despite being on an impressive unbeaten run in the Premiership.
'It's not going to be easy,' said Davies.
'When the cup games come around, they come out in force and pack the place out. It's important that we impose ourselves early on and try to kill the game off.
'We are on a good run but the manager has kept our feet on the ground and, although we know we are all in good form, we are just taking things one step at a time.
'Everyone in the squad is pushing each other and, as players, we expect that from each other.'
Davies has been a frustrated bystander during Everton's impressive start to the season and the Wales midfielder is determined to prove a point when he returns to the club where he began his career.
His youthful talent was spotted by Barry Fry - who has just stepped down after a spell as chairman to continue as director of football - and Davies is almost certain to play a part against his old mentor this evening.
Manager David Moyes is expected to give a chance to several players who have been out of the first-team picture, including Davies, Andy van der Meyde, David Weir and goalkeeper Richard Wright.
Lee Carsley, who was substituted in the 2-2 draw against Wigan following a knock to his ribs, has recovered and will travel, but James McFadden and Alan Stubbs are still injured.