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Venue: Griffin Park, Brentford
League Cup
 Tuesday 21 September; 19:45pm
BRENTFORD
1 1
 EVERTON
Aexander (41')
Half Time: 1-1
(aet: 4-3 Pens)
Coleman (6')
Attendance: 8,960
Round 3
Referee: Michael Oliver

Matchday Summary

David Moyes rang a few chnages after the dismal performance against Newcastle, but the most expected starter, Jermaine Beckford, was left on the bench despite the obvious possibilities for him to gain some much-needed confidence against lower league opposition. But it was one of those changes, the defender much lauded for his forward attacking style, Seasmus Coleman who banged the ball into the back of the Brentford net inside just 6 mins who set the Blues on their way. The chance came from a shot by Bilyaletdinov that was blocked.

Better attcking moves followed, a good ball coing in for Yakubu, the goalkeeper doing well to smother the ball. Brentord went down teh otehr end where Adams had a pop form distance, going a few yards wide. Fellaini's crosses were poor but Gueye and Bily were doing better, getting some good balls in where Osman was playing better in his favoured central role.

Brentford had a good shout for something when Bilyletdinov brought down soneone on the edge of the area, as they pushed Everton back a little although Fellaini came close, then Yakubu forced two good saves from Lee, under some pressure, then Fellaini hit the post.

Brentford equalized just before the break, Alexander outjumping Jagielka and sending a looping header beyond Mucha off an excellent cross that Coleman failed to defend adequately.

Brentford remainded strong into the second half, eventually winning a penalty when Coleman hauled down Weston and was booked.. Mucha made an absolutely fantastic save to stop MacDonald forom giving Brentford a crucial lead. Woodman then hit the post before Bily had a good header saved.

As time ticked away, Distin had an excellent header cleared off the line. Fellaini went into the ref's book. Arteta and Pienaar came on to replace Gueye and Bily but to little real effect as the game drifted towrad Extra Time. Coleman went on another rampage, forcing Lee into a double save in added time.

Beckford finally came on in place of the Yak with 20 mins of extra time. Still only 4-5-1, however, against League One oposition, and Everton could do nothing meanigful as the game drifted painfully toward penalties.

Penalties:

  • Everton (Baines: powerful shot, scored) 1 – 1 (Weston: sends Mucha wrong way) Brentford;
  • Everton (Neville: just inside the post) 2 – 2 (Forster: in off the post) Brentford;
  • Everton (Arteta: scores easily) 3 – 3 (Spillane: Mucha almost saves) Brentford;
  • Everton (Beckford: Saved by Lee!!) 3 – 4 (MacDonald: Mucha goes the wrong way) Brentford;
  • Everton (Jagielka: Hits the post!) 3 – 4 Brentford win on Penalties.

Astounding!

Michael Kenrick

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BRENTFORD(4-4-2)
  Lee
  Spillane
  Osborne
  Balkestein
  Woodman
  Adams (68' Saunders)
  O'Connor (96' Bean)
  Diagouraga
  Weston
  MacDonald
  Alexander (73' Forster)
  Subs not used
  Royce
  Cort
  Wood
  Legge

EVERTON (4-5-1)
  Mucha
  Coleman :59'
  Distin
  Jagielka
  Baines
  Bilyaletdinov (66' Arteta)
  Neville
  Osman
  Gueye (66' Pienaar)
  Fellaini :83'
  Yakubu (97' Beckford)
  Subs not used
  Howard
  Mustafi
  Barkley
  Silva
  Unavailable
  Anichebe (injured)
  Rodwell (injured)
  Saha (injured)
  Cahill (injured)
  Vaughan (loan)
  Yobo (loan)




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