David Moyes made 3 changes to the team which defeated Spurs in midweek with Neville, Arteta and Pienaar rested and replaced by Hibbert, Osman and Billy respectively. The 4-4-2 formation was maintained although the tempo was reduced with Wednesday’s frenetic pressing not required. Our hosts also setup 4-4-2 with their strike force spearheaded by boyhood Liverpool fan Chris Dagnall.
Blues quick out the blocks
The Blues carried on where they left off on Wednesday, Fellaini feeding Saha cutting in from the right to fire a left footed drive which squirmed inside Murphy’s left hand post. Everton’s dominance was quite overwhelming, in total 59% of possession helped by the fact that when Scunthorpe did get the ball they kindly thumped it upfield to allow us to start off another attack. Beckford should have added to our tally shortly after when sent clear but his effort was palmed behind by Murphy. Marouanne Fellaini was again the driving force from midfield and was involved in 2 goals today, making one and scoring another. His tackling in particular is superb at the moment and the curly haired dynamo has won 33 of his last 45 tackles, a commanding 73% success rate. The only other incident of any note in the first half was a crazy challenge by Jonny Heitinga as he inserted his foot into the midriff of his opponent. It was a tackle Hetinga’s former Ajax teammate Nigel De Jong would have been proud off and was lucky to stay on the pitch.
The Below Screenshot shows Scunthorpe’s suicidal defensive line and huge gap between defence and midfield which Osman exploits for our second goal.
Beckford, Coleman Impress
Scunthorpe were playing like a team low in confidence having lost their last 6 home games and having the unenviable record of being the lowest home scorers in the division along with having the 2nd worst defence on their own patch. Scunny were giving us far too much respect, characterised by an incredibly deep defensive line and a massive gap between defence and midfield, shown in the above screen shot of our 2nd goal where Leon Osman drifts into acres of space on the left channel before delivering a pin point ball onto Beckford’s head.
The second half began unexpectedly when a routine long ball caught Everton square and Collins held off Distin to hit an impressive half volley past Howard’s right hand. The goal was nothing more than a footnote in an incredibly one sided affair though, as the Blues took immediate control from the restart. Beckford can still look quite raw but is always a threat and today he was in great form, scoring one and setting up Everton’s third and fourth goals for Coleman and Fellaini respectively.
Coleman’s confidence and influence is growing week by week and his development has been the highlight of the season for me. Many Everton fans will have been pleased this week that David Moyes interest in David Bentley wasn’t taken any further as this wide boy blocking first team action to Coleman would have been a travesty. There was one more goal to come and it was the pick of the lot, with Leighton Baines scoring an absolute beauty curling a left footed strike into the top corner– his first ever goal in the FA Cup with substitute Magaye Gueye teeing him up with a nice pass.
So Everton move into the next round of the Cup in what was at times a real stroll at Glanford Park after what was the most comfortable 3rd round victory this Everton fan can ever recall. Hopefully tomorrow will bring not only a chuckle at ‘King’ Kenny’s return to the big time but also a favourable home draw in the next round. COYB!