Everton do enough to progress past Daggers

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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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Stephen Brown
1 Posted 09/01/2016 at 14:34:09
Galloway right back? Mirallas behind striker? Interesting team!
Ernie Baywood
2 Posted 09/01/2016 at 14:43:29
Would have liked to have seen this game. Some interesting inclusions.

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.

Phil Smith
3 Posted 09/01/2016 at 14:48:43
I would have liked to see Pennington at right back but I can understand why he didn't want to disrupt the back line too much. Sure Galloway will be playing there over the next few games if he does alright today. Maybe Penno will come on later if we're winning comfortably.

Nice to see Leandro on the bench with McAleny. No Naismith at all though. Maybe something agreed on already then?
Brian Wilkinson
4 Posted 09/01/2016 at 15:00:12
Great squad rotation and strong enough team with enough backup on bench if needed, also kept Robles in goal so no complaints here with starting 11.
Phil Smith
5 Posted 09/01/2016 at 15:17:06
No McGeady either? Guess they've both played their last games for us.
Eivind Nyhus
6 Posted 09/01/2016 at 15:49:44
McGeady wouldn't be the biggest loss, sadly.
Michael Polley
7 Posted 09/01/2016 at 15:55:19
Funes Mori off injured. Another one on the casualty list. FFS!!!
Terence Leong
8 Posted 09/01/2016 at 15:59:03
Just read from elsewhere that Funes Mori is injured, replaced by Pennington, just before half-time.

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...

Mark Daley
9 Posted 09/01/2016 at 16:45:18
Really emphasizing our top 4 credentials here. Phenomenal 1-0 lead against a team in the bottom 3 of the entire Football League. Fortunately there is no chance D&R could snatch an equaliser. Er...
Peter Gorman
10 Posted 09/01/2016 at 16:50:26
Eat humble pie Mark Daley lad, it is now.....er.....2-0
Geoff Evans
11 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:00:56
Exeter in the next round would be good.
Michael Williams
12 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:01:57
Out of 23 FA Cup 3rd Round games played:

Only 3 teams won by 2 (incl EFC) and one win by 3 (City).

Good job Blues.

Eugene Kearney
13 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:02:43
Job done – largely unexciting (I agree with the commentators on the official site) but we are through.

Would have been a good idea to give Rodriguez a longer run-out.

Still.... COYB. The Cup is ours this season.

Martin O'Sullivan
15 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:05:29
Glad we won but so disappointed Rodriguez only came on in the final minute for his debut!!! What's the point in ruining his debut like that, he should have started with the amount of chances Kone missed today.

RM has a serious problem with his substitutions but happy to progress all the same!!! COYB!!
Mark Andersson
16 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:08:32
More Funes Mori misery, hope it's not a bad injury.

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.

John Beesley
17 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:11:37
Never mind Exeter, Liverpool in the next round would be better!!!
Michael Williams
18 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:12:16
Why are we ripping RM's subs. He made 8 changes from the City game. We won extremely comfortably 2-0. The goal is to win and advance. How would you like to be the RS or West Brom having to do a replay?
John Beesley
19 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:14:42
Exactly Michael, could not agree with you more.
Brin Williams
20 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:17:58
So Michael, what is your opinion of today's keeper and should he keep his place in the team by displacing the US of A team's long serving goalie?
Gordon Roberts
21 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:19:27
Third Round matches are notoriously difficult against lower league opposition. We won with a clean sheet after making 8 changes, and players returning following long spells out injured. Stay calm and positive.

Will Robles keep his place for the next match vs Man City??

Paul Mackie
22 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:19:29
A businesslike performance, a clean sheet, and a run out for some squad players – yet still some people complain?
Christy Ring
23 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:19:37
The main thing is we're into the 3rd round. I really hope Lukaku is fit for Man City on Wednesday, because Kone isn't an option.
John Beesley
24 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:21:07
Not only did we win comfortably it gave a lot of players some much needed game time.

When you think of it even if we sell a few players we have got a really strong squad when everyone's fit.
Michael Williams
25 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:28:28
Brian: I'm not really comfortable making suggestions on team selection and substitutions because I never know who's got a knock, who needs to be rested, what the game plan is, who is really on form during the week or who is only playing for themselves (which is why I don't comment about those).

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.

Colin Glassar
26 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:29:17
I agree with Roberto that that was a phenomenal performance against a really, really strong League Two side. Our players showed a lot of character and unique qualities which only really unique, and special, youngsters like Pienaar, Kone and Ossie can show. Phenomenal!
Mark Daley
27 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:31:17
OK, Peter Gorman, and if we get 3 points on Wed then I will gladly eat all my words along with an entire humble pie with extra chips and more humble pie for afters.

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...
John Beesley
28 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:33:14
Colin, do I detect a hint of sarcasm there? As we really need to be as good as we can be!
Jamie Crowley
29 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:33:19
Great game to get some veterans who are being phased out some time.

I would've loved to've seen Hibbo!

I would've loved to've seen the game actually....

Jon Withey
30 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:34:23
Head injury for Mori - hopefully not serious, along with Lukakus ankle.

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.

Michael Williams
31 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:36:37
Correction to something I posted earlier about the FA Cup 3rd Round:

22 games completed: Only four games won by two goals (incl EFC) and one game one by three (City). Sorry about that.

John Beesley
32 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:36:57
Why, has McGeady gone out on loan?
Peter Gorman
33 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:39:08
Mark, I agree with you and was joking. 2-0 against Dags is nothing to crow about.
John Beesley
34 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:40:27
I'm sure nobody would have pulled you up for the discrepancy within your figures Michael and there is no need to say sorry. That has just gone too far, very nice of you anyways.
John Beesley
35 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:44:35
Yes but if we got beat 2-0 there would be plenty of crowing so I'm going to be thankful for small mercies.
Colin Glassar
36 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:50:59
A tad John. The most important thing is to get through as these ties can be tricky, as we well know. I hope we get the mighty Eastleigh in the next round.
Kevin Elliott
37 Posted 09/01/2016 at 17:59:00
From what I can gather....The cat created more excitement when he came on than anything else in the game.
Get him signed Bobby.
John Beesley
38 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:00:16
Well Colin I totally agree apart from one thing.

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!

Colin Glassar
39 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:01:34
The cat was named MotM by all accounts, Kevin.
Tony Hill
41 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:05:18
One of the most tedious games I've seen at Goodison but it matters not and there are no wider conclusions to draw. Oviedo looked quite sharp and it would be very useful if he can stay fit.
Dave Ganley
42 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:06:49
Job done and a big paw to the cat for livening everything up... Ha ha – got more cheers than the game itself!!!
Gary Carter
43 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:08:02
The most important thing in this round and in this tie is to get through. We did it with a pretty much reserve team which means a nice rest for some key players.

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

Jay Harris
44 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:14:44
A comfortable bit of game management by a largely second choice team leaving players fresh for Man City and Chelsea.

No complaints from me.

MotM – the cat.

Chris Perry
45 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:18:21
Very interesting comment about the mighty Eastleigh! I went to that game and they were much better than Bolton. If they get through, we would not want to play them at Eastleigh!
Brent Stephens
46 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:20:17
Roberto's tactics poor again – the cat was free on the wing but we didn't feed it.
Jon Cox
47 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:27:00
MotM – what a strange name for a cat.
Amit Vithlani
48 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:27:23
Everton in routine victory over lower league oppo? Well I never.

Pleased overall given that we have been the victims of a giant killing in this round not so long ago.

Phil Bellis
49 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:28:32
Jon....aka Funes Moggie
Ray Robinson
50 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:30:14
The only conclusion that I can draw from today's game is that we would struggle to score in the Premier League without Lukaku. There was little threat up front – and Naismith is not the answer. However... job done!
Jon Cox
51 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:31:02
And down the wing he had purr-fect movement.

I'll get me coat...

Brent Stephens
52 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:32:15
Cat is apparently related to an old Real Madrid player - Ferenc somebody or other.
Brent Stephens
53 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:33:05
Or was from down the East Lancs? A Mancs cat?
Graham Mockford
54 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:33:17
Just got back, was llke watching paint dry mostly. However Dagenham were so unambitious it was like a training game.

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.

John Francis
55 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:41:09
The lad who run on at the end? Might have been Dick Whittington looking for his cat?
Tony Hill
56 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:41:28
Ray (46), yes that's very true about the worry of losing Lukaku. If we are not going to buy this month then we are leaving ourselves seriously exposed if Rom did get a bad injury (I'm assuming he's going to be fit for Wednesday).
James Marshall
57 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:44:22
Lower league teams always raise their game against the top teams, and we rested plenty of players, and used plenty of players coming back from injury - nothing to complain about at all. Professional against a team setup to defend and little more.

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.

John Francis
58 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:44:29
Has Roberto said how phenomenal the cat was yet?
Jim Bennings
59 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:46:47
A win is a win but there were a lot of players out there whose lack of football told. You can't see many outfield players other than Besic really threatening a first team place anytime soon.

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.

Peter Mills
60 Posted 09/01/2016 at 18:53:09
No complaints from me, it was a competent performance although we were rather toothless up front. Job done, move on.

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.

Peter Laing
63 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:01:47
Maybe that cat appearing will be a sign of future luck in the Cup, I recall an old photo of Labby in 1966 with a toy black cat sticking out of the top of the FA Cup...
David Greenwood
64 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:01:49
If he was fit Neil.

Rushed himself back to play at the World Cup, and has basically finished his career.

Great goalscorer when fit.

Phil Smith
65 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:05:10
Sounds like Koné could have had 4 or 5. Lets hope Rom is back for the City game as he's useless at the moment! Seriously need another striker this month.
Colin Hughes
66 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:13:44
Aren't black cats crossing your path supposed to be lucky? Just saying like as I have had a tenner on us to win the cup at 18/1.
Phil Walling
67 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:16:24
Heard only snatches of the game via the OS commentary so can't comment but a good result.

I've just given my brother 4-1 in fivers that Howard is back for the City game. Easy money for me, I think!

Phil Walling
68 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:25:05
Just read that again – he wins 㿀 if Howard is NOT back in goal!
Gary Carter
69 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:25:07
I don't think injuries to any of our defenders will make much difference to our league position. Martinez doesn't have the ability to set our team up to keep clean sheets whether we have our first four or second four playing in defence. He is tactically inept and we will finish somewhere between 13th and 8th no matter what defenders play.

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.
Brin Williams
70 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:35:50
Michael 24 "I'm not really comfortable making suggestions on team selection and substitutions because I never know who's got a knock, who needs to be rested, what the game plan is, who is really on form during the week or who is only playing for themselves (which is why I don't comment about those)."

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.

Joe Foster
71 Posted 09/01/2016 at 19:45:07
That made me laugh, Brent (#42).
Mike Hayes
72 Posted 09/01/2016 at 20:00:21
The most exciting time on the pitch was the cat that made more runs than Kone and the end-to-end run of the fan – both share MotM for me.

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!
Stephen Davies
73 Posted 09/01/2016 at 20:20:12
Cat MotM, don't make me laugh, never touched the ball, positional play awful and wouldn't challenge the goalkeeper.

Enjoyed the play of Besic and Galloway; Pennington did well when he came on.

Mike Berry
74 Posted 09/01/2016 at 20:29:00
Apparently the Cat is called Tibbles and Martinez will be giving him a squad number. One drawback is that he likes the birds!
John Raftery
75 Posted 09/01/2016 at 20:44:19
We did what we needed to against the weakest opposition I have ever seen at Goodison. The fact that we avoided any further injuries was important. Funes Mori will require a few stitches and possibly protective bandaging but he should be okay to play in a few days.
Gary Carter
76 Posted 09/01/2016 at 20:45:25
"I never know who's got a knock, who needs to be rested, what the game plan is, who is really on form during the week or who is only playing for themselves (which is why I don't comment about those)."

For a minute there, I thought Roberto had posted on here until I saw it was by a Michael Williams!!!

Chris James
77 Posted 09/01/2016 at 20:49:13
To be fair, this is precisely the sort of thing I've asked for elsewhere – a result from an unremarkable performance. I much prefer that a lot more than routinely exciting losing football.

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.

Michael Williams
78 Posted 09/01/2016 at 21:00:21
Brin. I would give Robles a chance sure. He deserves a shot to see if he can win the #1 spot.

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.

Rob Newling
79 Posted 09/01/2016 at 21:08:46
Mike (#68), Guess he'll be playing on the wing then?
James Marshall
80 Posted 09/01/2016 at 21:15:17
Michael@70 makes a good point. I think Howard comes in for a lot of criticism unfairly given how open we are defensively.

Give Robles 10 or 15 league games and I'd be surprised if he fares any better the way we play.

Andy Crooks
81 Posted 09/01/2016 at 21:22:30
Nice post, Jon Withey (#29). An unusually relaxed thread.

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.
Dennis Ng
82 Posted 09/01/2016 at 21:26:28
James (#72), the main thing with Howard is that RM keeps picking him. When a player is out of form, which for goalkeeper is hard to judge, give him a rest, take a few games off, try the youngster.

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.
David Hallwood
83 Posted 09/01/2016 at 21:53:16
Apart from the cat, my MotM was Clevid Dikamona – great name!!
Terry Underwood
84 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:01:31
Oh no!
News just in, the cat caught his tail in a door and will be out for the rest of the season......... Disaster.
Tony Hill
85 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:01:58
Ed Stewart, former Radio 1 DJ and Crackerjack presenter, whom some of us will remember, has died today. He was a proper Blue who supported Everton after seeing us get thrashed by Chelsea (I think) and feeling sorry for us. RIP.
Geoff Williams
87 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:04:00
A win is a win. The team selection was good with a couple of stars on the bench if needed. Neat and tidy possession football played at a very slow pace but still good enough to beat a very poor D&R team.

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.

John Austin
88 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:33:43
Are we really happy with a 2-0 win today against that opposition? And the second was a penalty at the death. Come on....
James Marshall
89 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:40:53
Yes John, we're happy with it. We used players that haven't played much, and players coming back from injury and we won 2-0 with no injuries (aside from Funes Mori but he'll be fine) so what do we have to grumble about?

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!

Michael Williams
90 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:41:37
John (#78). Yes, I am, as I mentioned above. Out of 22 games played in the 3rd Round, only four teams won by two goals and only one won by 3. Only one team had a better win margin.

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.

Brent Stephens
91 Posted 09/01/2016 at 22:42:15
Happy with that win. What result did we want? A win to progress to the next round (goal difference not relevant, nor the manner of the performance) and as little risk as possible in terms of injuries. Job done.
Don Alexander
93 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:00:27
Gary Carter at "41" hits the proverbial on the head! We're in the hands of a proven muppet.

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.

Graham Mockford
94 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:03:12

We have just won two in a row.

James Marshall
95 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:06:06
When Moyes was in charge, some people liked him, some people didn't like him.

Now Martinez is in charge, some people like him, some people don't like him.

Anyone see a pattern emerging?

Ernie Baywood
96 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:06:59
Anyone else watched a few games this weekend?

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?

Kieran Kinsella
97 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:10:36
Delighted. Everyone wins. Next round for us. Robles clean sheet. Jagielka and Pienaar are fit. A debut for Rodriguez.

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.
Tony Hill
98 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:24:17
The test for Martinez is in the Premier League and he has failed so far – which is why we are in 11th.
John Austin
99 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:25:43
Michael and James – The team we put out today should have scored more goals against opposition like Dagenham irrespective of lack of game time.

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?

Liam Reilly
100 Posted 09/01/2016 at 23:56:58
Gabby Logan doing well to keep her composure on MotD with Lawro welcoming back Stephen Penis.

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.

James Marshall
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?

David Donnellan
102 Posted 09/01/2016 at 00:01:17
Just got home from the game; not the best game I have seen at Goodison... we never really got out of 1st gear.

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!

John Austin
103 Posted 10/01/2016 at 00:06:41
James - I'd be very cheerful with a 2-0 win in our next game that's for sure.
Jack Cross
104 Posted 10/01/2016 at 00:09:35
Enjoyed the win. A bit of a yawn, but hey we're through and with Man City in the same week, things looking good cups wise.

Let's enjoy them while we can.

John Hughes
105 Posted 10/01/2016 at 00:21:58
I enjoyed the D & R supporters chanting "We're only here for the pussy."
Andy Crooks
106 Posted 10/01/2016 at 00:25:07
Liam, was that not just brilliant? After his fucking hilarious "Alaska" answer on Pointless, it his been a truly brilliant "Lawro" day. Does this man actually get paid for this?
Dick Fearon
107 Posted 10/01/2016 at 01:06:15
By all accounts, the Moggy was a star turn.
Bob Parrington
110 Posted 10/01/2016 at 04:50:58
Won by a whisker, I'm told, Dick.
Brian Wilkinson
112 Posted 10/01/2016 at 08:02:16
After the likes of Wigan, Tranmere, Shrewsbury, I will take a two-nil win.

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.

Ian Jones
113 Posted 10/01/2016 at 08:24:23
Brian. Your post about Gillingham takes me back! In those days there were no penalty shoot-outs in replays and Everton won after the 2nd replay.

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!
Chris Gould
114 Posted 10/01/2016 at 09:43:21
Liam, Andy,

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.

John Dean
115 Posted 10/01/2016 at 09:43:29
Pennington's best position is as a central defender and it's good that Bobby played him in that position rather than make other changes to accommodate him at right back.

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.
Tony Abrahams
116 Posted 10/01/2016 at 10:46:04
Ian (#104), those were the days. The cup was special, and everyone played their strongest teams, because of this. Now, we have Germans who have been here 10 minutes, and play a reserve side because we play too many games in such a short space of time.

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.

Tony Hill
117 Posted 10/01/2016 at 10:59:43
Tony (107), I think that is true. It was very noticeable yesterday in the ground that there was a lack of interest underlying everything and that transmitted itself to the team and performance.

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.

John Jones
118 Posted 10/01/2016 at 11:05:35
I managed to get 3 minutes of highlights so far. How did Robles do?
Brian Harrison
119 Posted 10/01/2016 at 11:15:54
A disappointing game. Apart from Jagielka, none of the fringe players did anything to warrant an immediate recall to the first team.

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."

Tony Hill
120 Posted 10/01/2016 at 11:16:18
John (#109), he had hardly anything to do but his handling of a couple of crosses and a free kick was secure. He will be on the bench on Wednesday, of course.
Tony Abrahams
121 Posted 10/01/2016 at 11:47:53
John (#109), you're doing well, mate!
John Jones
122 Posted 10/01/2016 at 12:35:19
I am not Bobby's biggest fan however, Sir I doff my cap.

"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.

Liu Weixian
123 Posted 10/01/2016 at 13:15:58
If I don't see the cat on the bench and Joel "The Cat" Robles in goal for our next game, I might have a fit.
Harold Matthews
124 Posted 10/01/2016 at 16:41:35
Oviedo looked like he was born for the rightback role.
Tony Dove
125 Posted 10/01/2016 at 17:53:16
Harold @115, I don't want to get too serious about a game where a cat was the star turn (in years gone by, it was usually a dog sent on by someone in the pay of the press box to give them something to write about) but Oviedo – who is totally left-footed – could be a disaster at right back against decent opposition.
Vineet Sood
126 Posted 10/01/2016 at 18:33:56
...Anyone know when the 4th round draw is taking place?
Brent Stephens
127 Posted 10/01/2016 at 18:44:19
Vineet, tomorrow, Monday, at 7:00-ish – on the One Show on BBC1
Ian Jones
128 Posted 10/01/2016 at 18:56:51
How about Oxford in the next round. Then we can have another one of those......moments!
Harold Matthews
129 Posted 10/01/2016 at 20:24:06
Tony D. Sorry but I totally disagree. I'm as big Coleman fan but Oviedo has a lot going for him. He is also an experienced Costa Rican international and, as we witnessed in the World Cup, they are no mugs.

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.

Tony Hill
130 Posted 10/01/2016 at 20:33:45
Oviedo's goal against Stoke in the 4-0 shows what he can do with his right foot (albeit that was from the left). I was pleased with how fit he looked yesterday, a very versatile player.
Laurie Hartley
131 Posted 10/01/2016 at 20:46:13
I am very pleased to hear that Oviedo did well and is looking fit. I think he was knocking on the door big time for a regular first team spot before his terrible injury.

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.

Eddie Dunn
132 Posted 10/01/2016 at 20:46:41
I played lots of games at left back, and I am more right, than left footed, and I found it straightforward, especially when the winger is looking to cut inside (as mentioned above), so no problems for me. After all, we seem to have lots of wingers with stronger left foot on the right side, and vice versa.
Tony Abrahams
133 Posted 10/01/2016 at 21:01:00
I took my two-year-old yesterday, so found it harder to stay focused on the game properly, but when our first dangerous cross was put in from the right, I actually said to my other son, "Is that Besic playing right back today?"

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.

Harold Matthews
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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