Cheltenham Town vs. Everton  1 - 5



Moyes thrilled with big win

8 January 2013 01:02

Everton manager David Moyes has praised his team's performance after their 5-1 demolition of Cheltenham in Monday's FA Cup third-round tie.

The Merseyside club put their League Two opponents to the sword with goals from Nikica Jelavic, Leighton Baines, Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini doing the damage.

After the match, Moyes said he was happy to see five different players on the scoresheet and, despite admitting the pitch in Cheltenham was a tough obstacle for his men, he was delighted with the overall result.

"It was a tough game for us at the start, but that’s what you expect from FA Cup ties, they’re never quite the way you want things to go," he told reporters.

"The pitch was quite difficult for the players to play on but overall it was a job well done.

"Cheltenham always had a chance and even when we were at 3-1 they had a chance and at 3-2 the game is a lot different.

"But to be fair we scored some great goals tonight, Ossie (Osman) scores a great goal and Seamus (Coleman) does as well so we played well enough to win the game."


FA Cup: Cheltenham Town 1 Everton 5

7 January 2013 22:54

A classy display from Everton ensured progression to the FA Cup fourth round with a 5-1 victory over Cheltenham on Monday evening.

Nikica Jelavic, Leighton Baines, Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini all found the back of the net against the League Two outfit, with Russell Penn's second-half strike earning some consolation for a spirited, if easily beaten, Robins' side.

Despite making four changes to the team that saw off Newcastle 2-1 last week, David Moyes named a strong Everton side for the trip to the Abbey Business Stadium, with Fellaini and Baines both starting while striking duo Victor Anichebe and Jelavic came into the XI.

Marlon Pack and Kaid Mohamed were both handed starts by manager Mark Yates, who made two changes after his side fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Oxford United on New Years' Day.

The visitors were quick to make their superiority on paper count, with Jelavic pouncing to hand the Toffees an early lead. After the ball bobbled loose in the box, Fellaini took the chance to shoot and hit the post, with the Croatian quickest to react, stretching to poke home the rebound.

The hosts had started brightly, although Darren Carter failed to truly test goalkeeper Tim Howard with a number of early chances. Cheltenham would regret the lack of proficiency in front of goal.

Captain Alan Bennett clumsily fouled Fellaini in the box, with his robust marking of the Belgian adjudged to have been worthy of penalty by referee Kevin Friend and up stepped Baines to double the lead and put the Premier League side in firm control of the game.

The hosts rallied to try and provide some hope to the increasingly deflated crowd going into half-time, yet Howard was never forced into making a save, while Everton's Premier League class allowed them to steamroll forward almost at will.

And such a pattern continued into the second 45. Baines was allowed to drive down the left-hand side leaving the Cheltenham back line to hopelessly appeal for the offside flag. In the meantime, the Everton captain picked out Osman, who coolly skipped past the on-rushing centre-back before slotting home to make it 3-0.

However, just as Everton looked to be on course to racking up an embarrassing scoreline, Mohamed carved out an opening for Penn, who finished smartly.

The respite was short lived, with a cute effort from Coleman restoring Everton's three-goal advantage just seven minutes later.

Job done and progression sealed, Moyes opted to rest Baines and Osman, with Magaye Gueye and Steven Naismith handed run outs as the game drew to a close.

The only thing missing? A goal for Fellaini. And after a dominant midfield display, the Belgian was sure to get his name on the scoresheet, guiding home from an Anichebe cross on the stroke of 90 minutes.

A trip to Bolton or Sunderland awaits at the end of the month, while the visit of Swansea City to Goodison Park in the league is next up for the Toffees.


Moyes warns Everton against complacency

5 January 2013 15:36

Everton boss David Moyes has called for his side not to underestimate Cheltenham when they meet in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday.

The Merseyside club made it through to the semi-final of last season's competition, before suffering a defeat to city rivals Liverpool.

Moyes, however, is targeting another visit to Wembley, even though he understands it might be difficult.

"We want to go as far as we can in the FA Cup and we will be doing everything we can to get through," he said.

"We will not underestimate Cheltenham and we will have to go there and do a really good job if we want to get into the next round.

"Our players have to play - that's what they're here for. Otherwise, they'll be thrust into the really big games and people have to be ready. We'll have a look at it and see what we plan to do in terms of selection.

"We have seen both sides of it. I can go back to ties we have lost in the early rounds of the FA Cup, so we know what it's like and how difficult it can be.

"I's not always been the easiest thing in the past - we have lost at Shrewsbury and Oldham - so we are well aware how difficult it will be."

Despite this, Moyes acknowledges that the draw has been kind to Everton.

"You would like to play at home but when you see some of the real mouth-watering ties - there are some all-Premier League matches - at least we have got a tie where we are playing lower league opposition," he said.

"They have a little bit of an advantage because they are at home but I would hope that our experience and the players we have got can overcome it, albeit it's never going to be easy."

League Two table

# Team MP D P
13 22 -9 29
14 22 +0 28
15 22 -2 27
16 22 -6 27
17 22 -7 24

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
8 18 +1 26
9 18 -6 22
10 17 -8 22
11 18 -14 21
12 18 -7 18