Sunderland vs. Everton  0 - 2



Cahill praises Everton effort

28 March 2012 06:59

Tim Cahill hailed the spirit shown by Everton as they beat Sunderland 2-0 in their FA Cup quarter-final replay on Tuesday.

Everton produced an excellent display at the Stadium of Light and booked a semi-final tie against Liverpool thanks to a Nikica Jelavic strike and an own-goal from David Vaughan.

They will now face bitter rivals Liverpool at Wembley on April 14, and Cahill was understandably proud of the team’s effort.

"We showed great spirit tonight. We have a disciplined squad with a great attitude," he told ITV.

"The manager knows what we are capable of and it is about time we started producing performances like this."

Everton created and missed a host of opportunities in the second-half, with Jelavic the main culprit, but Cahill insisted the Croatian has brought a lot to the squad.

"Listen, he's been brilliant since he came here. He has changed a lot of our games," Cahill said.

"The way he holds up the ball is excellent and he brings others into play.

"It doesn't matter if he misses. He scored tonight and we all work hard for each other anyway. We have each other's backs here."

Everton face West Brom at Goodison on Saturday in the Premier League.


FA Cup: Sunderland 0 Everton 2

27 March 2012 23:09

Everton set up a mouth-watering FA Cup semi-final against Merseyside rivals Liverpool with a 2-0 win over Sunderland on Tuesday night.

A fine first-half performance from the Toffees at the Stadium of Light was capped by a fine finish from Nikica Jelavic after good work from Magaye Gueye.

Martin O'Neill attempted to rejuvenate his lacklustre Sunderland side with a number of attacking changes in the second half, but the substitutions had little effect on the game as Everton only extended their lead thanks to a calamitous David Vaughan own goal.

It was the visitors who made the brighter start of the two teams, and they perhaps should have taken an early lead when Leon Osman evaded the Sunderland offside trap before clipping the ball in to an unmarked Jelavic, but the Croatian failed to make sufficient contact with his header.

The early warning sparked the home side into action, yet Everton were still posing a threat from set-pieces, and Simon Mignolet had to be at his absolute best to deny Tim Cahill and then Jelavic.

Despite the Belgian's early heroics he was helpless to prevent the Toffees taking the lead midway through the first half.

After the visitors had worked the ball down the left, Gueye cut back a low, first-time ball to the unmarked Jelavic, who supplied a classy side footed finish to beat Mignolet at his near post, sending nearly 7,000 travelling Merseysiders into raptures.

The remainder of the half was a relatively even contest, with both sides being reduced to long-range efforts which never looked like testing Tim Howard or Mignolet, respectively, as the home side departed the field to a chorus of boos.

The second half began in a similar vein to the first with Everton looking to extend their lead.

And they came within a whisker of doing so just two minutes in, when Osman peeled off towards the edge of the box from a corner. The ball eventually reached the midfielder via a number of deflections and he fired a sweet, right-footed volley just inches over the crossbar with Mignolet rooted to the spot.

With Moyes' men dominating, O'Neill introduced David Vaughan in an attempt to strengthen the Black Cats' midfield, but the move back-fired horribly.

After Marouane Fellaini had played a ball through to the unmarked Jelavic, the Croatia international slid it under Mignolet, only for the retreating Vaughan to bundle the ball over his own goalline in comical fashion.

The visitors' second of the evening sparked the contest into life as a full-blooded cup-tie ensued, with Stephane Sessegnon hooking the ball against the post from two yards out prior to Jelavic inexplicably firing wide with only Mignolet to beat.

With the game becoming increasingly stretched, Moyes replaced the impressive Gueye with Phil Jagielka as the Toffees shut up shop and saw out an impressive 2-0 victory.

The win means Sunderland have failed to beat Everton in any of their previous 16 encounters.

Liverpool await Moyes' men in the semi-final, while Sunderland will now look to concentrate on the chase for European football.


Moyes not looking past Sunderland

27 March 2012 15:34

Everton boss David Moyes said he is not looking ahead to a Wembley showdown with Liverpool as he prepares to do battle with Sunderland.

Everton journey to the Stadium of Light on Tuesday to meet Sunderland in a FA Cup quarter-final replay, after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Goodison on March 17.

The reward for the victor is a trip to London to play Liverpool, which would be the first time in 23 years the Merseyside giants have clashed at Wembley.

Moyes, however, is refusing to look ahead to that showdown, and is instead putting all his energies into the trip to Sunderland.

"The draw is an irrelevance until this game is over," Moyes said. "I've hardly thought beyond going up to Sunderland and making sure we try and get a good result.

"That job's big enough without thinking of anything else.

"I wouldn't dream of getting ahead of myself, not with playing such a good side in a replay, and I don't think the fans are thinking past it either."

When Everton take to the field at the Stadium of Light it will be their sixth game in 18 days, and they have won just two in that run so far.

Moyes will be without pacey midfielder Steven Pienaar, who is cup-tied having already appeared in the competition for Tottenham.

He could be be joined on the sidelines by Jack Rodwell and Seamus Coleman who are both injury doubts.

For Sunderland, Lee Cattermole is set to return to the side having missed the last four games through suspension.

However, Martin O'Neill is set to be without former Manchester United pair John O'Shea and Kieran Richardson.

Championship table

# Team MP D P
20 28 -20 26
21 28 -6 25
22 28 -17 25
23 28 -23 24
24 28 -31 24

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
7 24 +4 34
8 24 -2 34
9 24 -13 28
10 24 -11 26
11 24 -12 26