Joel Robles made a superb penalty save to keep things goalless in the first half
Bournemouth 0 - 2 Everton
For the FA Cup 5th Round tie against Bournemouth, Roberto Martinez resisted the temptation to change the side, despite Oumar Niasse being available finally. Stones and Howard, presumably both fit again, stayed sat on the substitute's bench as goals from Barkley and Lukaku put them through to the 6th Round.
Eddie Howe has wrung the changes for his Bournemouth side, putting seven replacements into the team that lost at home to Stoke City last weekend, and suggesting that maybe he wants to concentrate on retaining their precious place in the Premier League, with Distin and Gosling making up the ex-Everton contingent.
Oviedo won an early free-kick but Cleverley's delivery was lacking, the ball flying beyond everybody. Lukaku, instead of powering forward and shooting at goal after a nice pick-up, chose to lay off a somewhat overhit pass for Barkley who scuffed his shot from a narrowing angle. Everton continued to press the home side but a series of poor crosses from Coleman.
Barkley took a snap shot but it spun away from Ovideo for a Everton's first corner but it came to nothing, McCarthy committed a late foul from behind and as carded by referee Martin Atkinson. The free-kick saw a rare Bournemouth move forward as Everton continued to dominate play without really creating much in the Bournemouth area. Barry gave away another free-kick, but Everton defended it away and Coleman did well with limited support down the right but again forward possession petered out to nothing.
Everton built again, although far too slowly and Barkley did well to retain the ball but is forward pass was to nowhere. The then swung in a better-looking cross for the lonely and increasingly depressed Lukaku who could only watch as the ball went through to Frederici. Barkley finally had a shot on target but from far too far out and it was easy meat for the Bournemouth 'keeper.
Stanislas got a chance to run at the Everton defence and shoot... high, wide and not too handsome. At the other end, a fantastic run down the left from Lukaku, who shrugged off everyone and looked all set to drove home but Frederici was too smart as the striker's attempted dink with the outside of his left foot was really rather poor. Why not hit it with power?
Distin smartly dispossessed Lennon and the Cherries surged forward but good defending set up another Everton attack that ended with a good ball for Lukaku that was not in his game plan as he watched it role forward from a distance.
Bournemouth looked for a penalty with Gosling going down but Jagielka had just scrapped the ball with his studs. Everton were defending effectively whenever the Baggies did come forward, although a good cross needed the head of Jagielka to head it behind for Bournemouth's first corner, floated to the far post, and handball called against McCarthy, who put his arm out needlessly... PENALTY! Executed by Daniels, saved brilliantly by Robles, and the rebound fired wide!!! McCarthy escaping a second yellow for what must have been deemed a deliberate handball, although that would have been very harsh. Good judgement from Atkinson?
Coleman won another corner at the other end, Oviedo swinging it in to the far post but it a headed behind for a corner by Cleverley from the other side, also headed away, Everton unable to threaten from the set-pieces. Barkley was again on a completely different plane from Lukaku, anther forward pass wasted.
Barkley picked out Coleman with a lovely wide ball that Coleman sent back in a little deep and Oviedo attempted a dramatic diving header from a long way out that went wide. Lennon was fouled by Gosling who saw yellow from Atkinson just before the break.
Bournemouth kicked off the second half but the tempo continued to be pedestrian until Lennon's shot was defected for a corner, swing in by Cleverley and met on the run by Coleman who was a little ahead of the ball and he could only head over. Daniels won a corner at the other end, defended away well by Everton, but the break did not really develop.
Oviedo thought he'd made a good tackle on King wide left but he had not touched the ball and it set up the Cherries for a couple of Chances spurned by wide shooting. Lukaku played the ball back nicely for an excellent driver from McCarthy that curled away. But Everton went ahead on the next attack, Ross Barkley shooting from nothing at the edge of the area, the ball deflecting up wickedly off Gosling's leg and over the backpedaling Frederici into the net for the opening goal.
Lukaku finished a great pass from Barkley well but he was deemed offside, when strictly level with the Cherries defenders. Bournemouth pressed with another corner but the Blues looked to break although Lukaku rather poorly failed to command a bouncing ball and Bournemouth attacked again, winning a dangerous free-kick by Stanislas that was deflected inches wide with Roles beaten. The home side, however, had dominated possession since the goal and pressed the blues back, who had to defend solidly. Jagilelka played King well wide right, who was deemed to have fouled the Everton defender, and was booked, perhaps for his energetic dissenting views.
Murray, on as a sub, ran at Jagielka and his shot was deflected for a corner. Gosling should have scored off a great cross, but headed straight at Robles. Then King did well down the Everton right, crossed in well to Ritchie who spooned over, under a lot of great defensive pressure from Funes Mori as it was attack after attack from the home side. When Everton did loft the ball forward to Lukaku, he had no appetite for any kind of battle with Distin.
A great passing move across the Cherries area saw Barkley curl a lovely shot just wide, deflected for a corner, from which, there was Lukaku, who reacted first to the lose ball that had been flicked on, to drive the ball home with intent, his 21st goal of the season.
Mirallas replaced Barkley and Niasse got his debut, with a protective cast on his writs, replacing Lukaku. The Senegalese striker's first action was to foul Francis. Bournemouth continued to press forward, knowing that a two-nil lead for Everton meant that the game was anything but over. Mirallas, with a chance to make it three, lofted his shot high over stand and into the car park.
Ritchie won a free-kick off a poor challenge by Barry but Niasse headed it away, although a great cross was swung in by Stanislas for King who powered wide under pressure from Robles. Robles had performed faultlessly in the Everton goal, and continued to anchor the solid Everton defence.
In the dying embers before 4 mins of added time, Coleman thought he should have had a penalty. Everton went on to manage the game through to its conclusion with no further threats on their goal, thoroughly professional and competent performance from the Blues, in stark contrast to the Premier League game at this stadium.
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