Everton 2 - 0 Dagenham & Redbridge
Goals in each half by Arouna Kone and Kevin Mirallas were sufficient for the Blues to book their place in the FA Cup Fourth Round as Roberto Martinez's much-changed team made their dominance tell.
After a lot of Everton pressure, Kone finally made the breakthrough on the half-hour, heading home an excellent cross from Bryan Oviedo to make it 1-0 at half time. The home side's dominance in possession failed to translate into further goals until Mirallas was felled in the area with five minutes to go and the Belgian stepped up to seal the win from the spot.
Phil Jagielka had led the team out after two-and-a-half months out of action with medial knee ligament damage while Steven Pienaar's latest comeback from a catalogue of injury problems was another of eight changes made by Martinez.
Joel Robles started in goal again while Bryan Oviedo filled in at right back, Darron Gibson replaced Gareth Barry in central midfield there were starts for Aaron Lennon, Kone and Mirallas. Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez was on the bench and would make a late cameo with a minute or so to go.
Everton had an early chance when Pienaar should have scored off a cross from Oviedo but he headed well over. This was followed by shots from Gibson and Oviedo before Mirallas had his shot saved. The visitors then had a flurry of possession and a free-kick that was blocked away.
Everton won a corner, taken by Mirallas but it came to nothing. More shots and corners as Everton dominated. A tremendous long-distance strike from Funes Mori brought a fantastic save from Cousins in the Daggers goal.
The Blues were generally lacklustre in the final third until their control of the contest manifested itself in the breakthrough just past the half-hour, Kone heading home at the far post off an excellent set-piece delivery from Bryan Oviedo.
Funes Mori wasn't able to finish the half, though, after suffering a gash to the head and he was replaced in first-half stoppage time by Matthew Pennington.
More efforts from Mirallas and Oviedo were off target as Everton failed to put their League Two opponents to the sword, Cousins also making another great stop from Kone.
With Everton's attacking ideas becoming a little stale, the home side were crying out for a substitution to liven things up and Martinez eventually obliged, sending Leon Osman on in place of a shattered Steven Pienaar with 15 minutes left.
Kone then go on the end of another nice cross but his header flew inches wide but the game was wrapped up late on when Mirallas was brought down inside the Daggers' area for a penalty by Nyron Nosworthy, as a black and white cat made a cameo of his own by invading the field. Unruffled, Mirallas scored easily from the spot, ensuring that Everton comfortably side-stepped a potential banana skin and will be in Monday evening's draw.
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1 Posted 09/01/2016 at 14:34:09
2 Posted 09/01/2016 at 14:43:29
Could be Pienaar in the centre? I think that was his position prior to us?
Surprising Ossie didn't get a start. And strange one of Galloway or Oviedo RB when Pennington is on the bench.
3 Posted 09/01/2016 at 14:48:43
Nice to see Leandro on the bench with McAleny. No Naismith at all though. Maybe something agreed on already then?
4 Posted 09/01/2016 at 15:00:12
5 Posted 09/01/2016 at 15:17:06
6 Posted 09/01/2016 at 15:49:44
7 Posted 09/01/2016 at 15:55:19
8 Posted 09/01/2016 at 15:59:03
Our injury lists piles up. Hopefully, it's only a knock which he can recover quickly from. On the other hand, Pennington gets a chance to show what he can do...
I'm wondering in this case, we'll see Galloway moved to centre besides Jags, Pennington to the right, and Oviedo to the left...
9 Posted 09/01/2016 at 16:45:18
10 Posted 09/01/2016 at 16:50:26
11 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:00:56
12 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:01:57
Only 3 teams won by 2 (incl EFC) and one win by 3 (City).
Good job Blues.
13 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:02:43
Would have been a good idea to give Rodriguez a longer run-out.
Still.... COYB. The Cup is ours this season.
15 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:05:29
RM has a serious problem with his substitutions but happy to progress all the same!!! COYB!!
16 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:08:32
Glad we are through to the next round, let's hope the walking wounded get back soon so we can start climbing up the table.
17 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:11:37
18 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:12:16
19 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:14:42
20 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:17:58
21 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:19:27
Will Robles keep his place for the next match vs Man City??
22 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:19:29
23 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:19:37
24 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:21:07
When you think of it even if we sell a few players we have got a really strong squad when everyone's fit.
25 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:28:28
I will say I would not mind sending Robles out for a few games to see how he does but I'm not as strong in my feelings that Robles is the answer as most of the folks here are.
26 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:29:17
27 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:31:17
Call me old fashioned but I'd expect 5-0 today at least. Memories of the cup run when we beat Colchester in 1971 flooding back...
28 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:33:14
29 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:33:19
I would've loved to've seen Hibbo!
I would've loved to've seen the game actually....
30 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:34:23
2 - 0 - hooray !
Jags back - hooray ! Pienaar back - hooray ! Oviedo back - hooray ! Pennington gets some game time - hooray ! Gibson isn't bokren - hooray ! Rodriguez exists - hooray !
McGeady out on loan, hooray !
Just need McCarthy, Cleverly and Coleman to pull through now - damn it.
31 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:36:37
22 games completed: Only four games won by two goals (incl EFC) and one game one by three (City). Sorry about that.
32 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:36:57
33 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:39:08
34 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:40:27
35 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:44:35
36 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:50:59
37 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:59:00
Get him signed Bobby.
38 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:00:16
I want Liverpool in the next round and in the League Cup Final as I think we will give them a good seeing to in both and there has not been a better time to do it.
That would go some way to make up for what we owe them for, especially the eighties which still lives with me to this day.
I'm glad you were being a little sarcastic there as I thought you had come over all unnecessary!
39 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:01:34
41 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:05:18
42 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:06:49
43 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:08:02
Winning this doesn't make Martinez a genius, just as losing it wouldn't have meant he should be sacked. He should be sacked because of his complete ineptitude, naivety and lack of ability to manage in the Premier League for all of this season and the whole of last season
44 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:14:44
No complaints from me.
MotM the cat.
45 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:18:21
46 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:20:17
47 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:27:00
48 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:27:23
Pleased overall given that we have been the victims of a giant killing in this round not so long ago.
49 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:28:32
50 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:30:14
51 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:31:02
I'll get me coat...
52 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:32:15
53 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:33:05
54 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:33:17
Still job done, a run out for some fringe players, Jags got 90 minutes under his belt and other than the knock to Funes Mori no damage done.
Although I did think Robles got his position wrong and was too slow off his line trying to catch the cat.
55 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:41:09
56 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:41:28
57 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:44:22
Rodriguez hasn't been fully fit for a while by all accounts, hence why he only came on at the end once we were 2-0 up and the game was safe.
RM made all the right selections today, IMO.
58 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:44:29
59 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:46:47
Gibson looks like he's been enjoying the mince pies too much over Christmas. Pienaar looks like he's missed a lot of football which of course he had but it's hard to see him being a regular this season even if fit. Mirallas and Lennon didn't really put Dagenham on the back foot anywhere near enough.
Without the direct running of Deulofeu, it actually had shades of last season's passing for passing sake at pedestrian pace.
I'd like to see Robles start playing league games, he just seems to know more what he's doing than Tim Howard, he comes off his line with more assurances.
Besic could and probably has to start at City on Wednesday, but you'd imagine most of the rest will be warming the bench for now.
We could seriously do with another striker. (Anyone know how long Lukaku is out?)
And I think right back becomes a priority now with Coleman's injury; no to Stones, Jags, Lennon there and Pennington is too raw for the Premier League.
60 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:53:09
Very nice treatment by the club and both sets of fans of 12 year old Noah, and the two young lads who were getting their Christmas present by being guests for the day.
63 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:01:47
64 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:01:49
Rushed himself back to play at the World Cup, and has basically finished his career.
Great goalscorer when fit.
65 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:05:10
66 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:13:44
67 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:16:24
I've just given my brother 4-1 in fivers that Howard is back for the City game. Easy money for me, I think!
68 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:25:05
69 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:25:07
The only player we need to worry about losing is Lukaku as it would cripple Martinez's only plan of trying to outscore the opposition, a plan coincidentally that has never worked in Premier League football history.
70 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:35:50
Yea yea, but apart from all that crap what do you really think? Robles or Howard ...? .. forget the injuries, game plan, form etc etc.....
Do you think Howard has shot his bolt ?
Everyone else seems to think so.
Don't be shy, don't think of the flag ....think EVERTON.
71 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:45:07
72 Posted 09/01/2016 at 20:00:21
As for the game, yes, a win... but (yawn) bored me to death... but the Daggers never took a stab at anything to slice us apart - groan!
73 Posted 09/01/2016 at 20:20:12
Enjoyed the play of Besic and Galloway; Pennington did well when he came on.
74 Posted 09/01/2016 at 20:29:00
75 Posted 09/01/2016 at 20:44:19
76 Posted 09/01/2016 at 20:45:25
For a minute there, I thought Roberto had posted on here until I saw it was by a Michael Williams!!!
77 Posted 09/01/2016 at 20:49:13
The team did the job it needed to today with a much changed side (see Liverpool for how tough these games can be) and good for some players to get a run out again in case they need to be called on plus a rest for a chunk of the first team.
Only thing I would have changed would be getting McAleny or Rodriguez on a lot earlier (from the start ideally). We need to start seeing if these young strikers can cut it and with the greatest respect we learned absolutely nothing new by playing Kone today, apart from the fact that yes he can score against a lower league outfit, but he's a VERY poor substitute for Lukaku and really not good enough for Everton at this level. Given the choice between him and Nais as backup striker, I'd go with the Scot 9 times out of 10.
When the latter goes to Norwich, we desperately need some striking options/cover... which returns me to the point about giving young lads a chance today.
78 Posted 09/01/2016 at 21:00:21
I don't think Howard has shot his bolt as he can still stop a shot with just about anyone in the EPL. However, the fans at Goodison are in the process of running him out of town and it's hard for any 'keeper to come back from that.
I agree with everyone that Howard's six-yard box play is too weak. I believe the real problem with Everton's defense is they allow more shots on goal than all but two or three teams. Same for crosses allowed.
79 Posted 09/01/2016 at 21:08:46
80 Posted 09/01/2016 at 21:15:17
Give Robles 10 or 15 league games and I'd be surprised if he fares any better the way we play.
81 Posted 09/01/2016 at 21:22:30
Good team selection, in my view, and a comfortable win. If Howard starts next game, I fear I will suffer a health damaging rage the like of which I have not experienced since Shane Duffy was sold.
82 Posted 09/01/2016 at 21:26:28
Robles was brought in with the future in mind, yet RM keeps picking Howard despite a bad run of results. I am in the Drop Howard camp, for a few games at least, but I put this squarely on RM.
83 Posted 09/01/2016 at 21:53:16
84 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:01:31
News just in, the cat caught his tail in a door and will be out for the rest of the season......... Disaster.
85 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:01:58
87 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:04:00
The aim was to give some returning players game time, keep the others free of injury and win. Success. I can't understand why Martinez was so reluctant to use his attacking options on the bench.
88 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:33:43
89 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:40:53
If you want to pick holes in it, go ahead, but really, if you still want to complain even when we win 2-0 and take the above into consideration, I would suggest you'll never be happy!
90 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:41:37
Have you heard of context? We played a few players in their first game coming back from injury and some squad players. If we kept the 8 starters from the City game that we did not play then maybe I would not be happy.
We won 2-0 away. The only team to do better in the 3rd (not counting the Man Utd as I don't know the result) was Man City's 3-0 win. That's why a lot of people are happy. It's win and move on. Not play all your best players when you don't have to, win 6-0, look like Barca, and move on.
I wonder how some people ever find happiness in their lives.
91 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:42:15
93 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:00:27
Martinez can prove me wrong anytime he wants to by winning ten points out of twelve in a month, like the players did in April 2015 to rescue us from a real threat of relegation after deciding, as they said to the media at the time, to revert to "the old Everton way".
But what am I thinking of, ten points in a month? Martinez can't even achieve two wins in a row.
94 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:03:12
We have just won two in a row.
95 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:06:06
Now Martinez is in charge, some people like him, some people don't like him.
Anyone see a pattern emerging?
96 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:06:59
One thing that has really stuck out for me is that teams in the lower leagues seem to have no problem consistently swinging dead balls into dangerous positions. Regardless of division, they've all got a good corner taker.
So why can't an Everton player do it?
97 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:10:36
Dagenham get a taste of the high life but walk away with their heads held high. I would take no satisfaction from humiliating these lads. I only like humiliating big teams.
98 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:24:17
99 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:25:43
We were at home not away on some mud heap of a ground. That's the context Michael. You quote other results but many of those games were against teams of more equal quality.
Yes we won and yes we are in the next round. But have recent performances lowered expectations so much?
100 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:56:58
Didn't see the game but the stats tell a story 73% possession and they had one shot on target.
Job done. In the hat.
101 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:58:51
We beat Man City 2-1 the other day as well.
Reasons to be cheerful, 1....2........3?
102 Posted 09/01/2016 at 00:01:17
But job done, in the hat & I can't recall Robles making a save!
I think the cat running on the pitch was the best entertainment!
103 Posted 10/01/2016 at 00:06:41
104 Posted 10/01/2016 at 00:09:35
Let's enjoy them while we can.
105 Posted 10/01/2016 at 00:21:58
106 Posted 10/01/2016 at 00:25:07
107 Posted 10/01/2016 at 01:06:15
110 Posted 10/01/2016 at 04:50:58
112 Posted 10/01/2016 at 08:02:16
Jags, Pienaar, Oviedo, Pennington, Galloway, Gibson, given a run out; clean sheet, no twitchy moments for a change for us Blues.
Even our great team of the eighties, on the way to winning the cup in 84, had to take a replay to mighty Gillingham.
So a two-nil win is not to be sniffed at. We are in the hat, players got a run out, players rested for the upcoming tougher games, so although it was not the goalfest most wanted, we are through without breaking sweat.
113 Posted 10/01/2016 at 08:24:23
I still prefer the old system of playing the tie until the end. No penalty shoot outs. Who cares about fixture congestion and all other sensible suggestions for the change in the original format!
114 Posted 10/01/2016 at 09:43:21
My 10- and 7-year-old boys are still wetting themselves. Truly hilarious. He was actually talking sense about us at the time, but I couldn't concentrate on a word he said afterwards.
115 Posted 10/01/2016 at 09:43:29
He didn't get much of a mention on Radio Merseyside so I guess he had an easy game but he also didn't make any mistakes.
116 Posted 10/01/2016 at 10:46:04
The Premier League, is where the money is, and it wouldn't surprise me if we no longer have replays in the FA Cup, in the not too distant future. All for change, but they have already ruined this greatest of competitions to me.
In the not too distant past, the Third Round of the FA Cup (all played on one day), was one of the best fixture lists of the whole football calendar, and was looked forward to by everybody.
117 Posted 10/01/2016 at 10:59:43
Even the Capital Cup now, because of its positioning in the season, has a sharper profile than the FA Cup which gets lost in the rush towards the PL title and the Champions League final.
118 Posted 10/01/2016 at 11:05:35
119 Posted 10/01/2016 at 11:15:54
My biggest disappointment was the refusal of Dagenham & Redbridge to even try and compete. To get to draw, a Premier League side and play 10 men behind the ball even after going a goal down... What was the point, surely, apart from the extra revenue that lower teams get from the tie? Not to even try was pretty poor.
I thought when the screen said thank you to the 1,800 supporters that Dagenham had brought, I thought "I hope your manager and team feel ashamed at not even attempting to give you anything to cheer."
120 Posted 10/01/2016 at 11:16:18
121 Posted 10/01/2016 at 11:47:53
122 Posted 10/01/2016 at 12:35:19
"I thought he had great style and movement. He's a young cat who'll make mistakes. I don't want to put any pressure on him, but he reminds me of Cecil the lion."
Bobby to the Reporters.
123 Posted 10/01/2016 at 13:15:58
124 Posted 10/01/2016 at 16:41:35
125 Posted 10/01/2016 at 17:53:16
126 Posted 10/01/2016 at 18:33:56
127 Posted 10/01/2016 at 18:44:19
128 Posted 10/01/2016 at 18:56:51
129 Posted 10/01/2016 at 20:24:06
He may be stronger with his left but he is also pretty good with his right. He is also better able to deal with wingers who cut inside, a common practice today.
He will close down better than Coleman because, even with my walking stick, I can close down better than Coleman. When he attacks he will be very dangerous when cutting inside.
If you had labelled Galloway "totally left-footed", I would have nodded in agreement; but you shouldn't do it to someone you've only watched with partial vision.
130 Posted 10/01/2016 at 20:33:45
131 Posted 10/01/2016 at 20:46:13
This is a very skilful player with a big heart and the will to win. I am hoping we see more of him in this season we should get right behind this lad.
132 Posted 10/01/2016 at 20:46:41
133 Posted 10/01/2016 at 21:01:00
I think most teams would miss Coleman, but as a short term replacement Oviedo will do for me. He hasn't played much football lately, which could work against him, but on the plus side, he's got the heart of a lion, which is something we're going to definitely need in the next few games, against tougher opposition.
134 Posted 11/01/2016 at 01:50:59
Unfortunately, Coleman, Baines and Galloway do not have your expertise. When wingers cut in past their weaker foot, they stand and watch like helpless children. A great pain for me in recent years.
Even the midfielders get in on the act, as Yarmolenko demonstrated when we allowed him to cut inside unchallenged and pick his spot. Happy days.
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