FA Cup Fourth RoundAfter the disappointment in the League Cup, Everton's road towards Wembley in the FA Cup continues with a trip to Carlisle United in the fourth round in the televised lunchtime kickoff.
If Wednesday's game against Manchester City was the most important game of Roberto Martinez's tenure at Goodison Park so far, today's game carries an importance all of its own. It's just the kind of banana skin that can trip up under-fire managers and there is no doubt that however safe the Catalan's job might be in the minds of Everton's hierarchy, defeat to the League Two side would ratchet up the pressure on his shoulders to an unprecedented degree.
Just as he did in the previous round against Dagenham & Redbridge, Martinez is expected to make changes, particularly in view of another midweek game coming up against Newcastle, but whichever side he puts out should be enough to take the Blues through to the fifth round.
The likes of Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone, Aaron Lennon and Brendan Galloway could figure as the manager attempts to rest some weary and jaded limbs. Joel Robles, it has been confirmed, will continue in goal.
Kick off: 1.30pm
Referee: Lee Mason
Full details: ToffeeWeb match page
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1 Posted 31/01/2016 at 08:27:37
2 Posted 31/01/2016 at 09:25:12
3 Posted 31/01/2016 at 09:26:27
4 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:20:56
6 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:36:38
I know we are playing Carlisle, but this could be a banana skin, especially with the lack of luck, and injuries, coupled with shit refereeing recently, and we can't treat this game with anything other than a serious approach.
Hopefully be in the hat for the next round!
7 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:42:56
8 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:46:18
9 Posted 31/01/2016 at 10:58:27
10 Posted 31/01/2016 at 11:05:37
Coleman, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Galloway
Lennon, Gibson, Cleverley, Pienaar
Subs: Howard, Oviedo, McCarthy, Osman, Barkley, Lukaku, Deulofeu.
11 Posted 31/01/2016 at 11:16:11
Coleman, Funes Mori, Galloway, Oviedo
Lennon, McCarthy, Osman, Dowell
Subs: Howard, Jagielka, Baines. Pienaar, Williams, Lukaku, Deulofeu.
12 Posted 31/01/2016 at 11:19:52
13 Posted 31/01/2016 at 11:20:22
14 Posted 31/01/2016 at 11:38:14
This seems typical of what most Premier League clubs are suffering. Is the game more demanding these days?
15 Posted 31/01/2016 at 11:52:27
Surely if they lose today, Martinez will be sacked, how bad does it have to get?
16 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:02:33
18 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:12:47
Anyway that £15 and I reckon there will be more than 3 goals in most of the games we will play for the rest of the season!
19 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:18:07
(Thought I'd say it before Roberto gets on to it !)
21 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:30:17
It was absolutely ridiculous of Martinez to give Hibbert another 12 months contract. He has started 6 games in the last 4 seasons. It was obvious to everyone that he was never going to play.
22 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:35:03
23 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:40:00
Subs: Howard, Gibson, Stones, Lukaku, Deulofeu, Osman,
24 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:40:40
I'd like to see Pienaar involved from the start, and it would probably be sensible to give Lennon a start. It goes without saying that Robles should start in goal, and I'd give Oviedo the start above Baines. I
'd 'rest' Stones probably too, but start with Lukaku. I'm not sure that we should risk McCarthy from the start yet.
25 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:43:02
26 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:47:31
Without a shadow of a doubt for me confirms that Lukaku has been injured since the SF 1st Leg....
And he has continued to play him running the risk of more serious injury.
27 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:51:29
We're a man short. Kone?
28 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:56:41
By the way, brother in law lives in Norwich, they are loving Naisy and his ''In you're face, 100 per cent attitude'', his words not mine.
29 Posted 31/01/2016 at 12:58:23
I'll willingly pay for his taxi fare. The best Everton squad for 25 years is being wasted.
30 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:04:50
31 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:12:32
Not only must we score first but also put in a 90 minute shift but, based on recent performances we all know that this is Everton and nothing is guaranteed.
32 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:13:05
Up there with Atkinson, Twattenberk, Kevin Friend(less), Mike Jones and Lee Probert as being anti-Everton.
Expect a penalty against us today . . .
33 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:13:24
We might be everybody's second favourite team (although I question that) . People only tune into Everton because we concede so many goals. People tune in to see us get turned over. There was nothing entertaining watching Lukaku get nowhere near Man City's goal , the other night. There is nothing entertaining seeing Everton throwing away 2 goal leads. There is nothing entertaining about sitting 12 the in the league.
As for today's game, apart from Evertonians ,the whole world and his dog ,want to see Carlisle turn us over. That cannot be allowed to happen. We need to go at them from the start. Score early. Get 2 or 3 up. Control this game. And have a comfortable game. No injuries(hopefully). And just show our class. Our players need to turn up.
Sorry about Carlisle's woes. Hope that they can get themselves sorted out. Hope that they reach their monetary target. But not at the expense of Everton. 3-0 or 4-0 to the Toffees. But I would not be surprised if we labour in this game, and maybe concede a goal. But I hope that we coast it. COYBs
34 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:15:21
35 Posted 31/01/2016 at 13:21:35
Woe, woe and thrice woe, everyone's against us.
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