Saturday January 7, 2012 3rd Round Finished Goodison Park

Everton 2 - 0 Tamworth

  • Heitinga 5’
  • Baines 78’ (pen.)

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  1. Everton grind out win over Tamworth

    Everton grind out win over Tamworth

    Tamworth's FA Cup run came to an end in the third round at Goodison Park as Everton ground out a 2-0 win against the non-league side. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Everton
    • Tamworth
    • 90+3 The ref blows for full-time and Everton win 2-0. Unconvincing but does the job - great credit to Tamworth, who were never dominated and showed great fitness and spirit.
    • 90+1 Stracqulursi turns in the box but manhandled his marker and it's a free-kick to Tamworth.
    • - Swindon have dumped Wigan out! 2-1 after being behind. Clap clap. Macclesfield have earned a money-spinning replay at the Reebok. Full Cup multi-live here!
    • 90' Three minutes added time.
    • 89' QPR have levelled at MK Dons - the Premier League side look to have earned a replay.
    • 88' Tamworth have a free-kick in a decent position right-centre of the box... MacDonald curls it in but wide.
    • 87' Baines moves down the left wing, now Donovan to Fellaini, Neville on it, he returns it to Donovan who does a flick-volley off target.
    • 86' Drenthe moves forward into the box but Harbegham clears.
    • 85' DONOVAN WITH A WICKED DRIVE BUT OFF THE BAR! It hit the angle, superb effort after cutting in from the wing.
    • 84' Goal-kick to Everton but Tamworth thought it hit a defender. Francis headed it against Fellaini. Poor from the officials.
    • 83' Fellaini gives it away, Patterson on the right is closed down by Heitinga, now Barrow centres but St Aimie heads the ball wide.
    • 82' STAT: Baines is Everton's top scorer this season with a measly four goals.
    • 81' Baines to take - and he sends Collister the wrong way. 2-0 Everton.
    • 80' Tamworth surround the ref, they think it was another dive from Drenthe - but it was clumsy from the defender.
    • 79' Drenthe goes down after receiving a pass from Gueye - and it's a penalty to Everton.
    • 78' COLLISTER MAKES A SUPERB SAVE! Bilyaletdinov with a rocket from his tasty left foot but the Everton fan bats it away!
    • 77' Patterson out wide tries to flick it in but Bilyaletdinov clears. Stracqulusri on it now but Kanyuka gets involved. A Scrabble-tastic combination.
    • 76' Upsets-wise Swindon have come from behind and lead Wigan 2-1. Di Canio will be bouncing about like a madman. Bolton, however, have levelled at Macclesfield. Booo.
    • 75' EVERTON SUB: The Argentine replaces the Nigerian. Let's see how he fares, limited opportunities for him since he joined on loan.
    • 74' Everton warming up Stracqulursi, who will come on for Anichebe.
    • 73' Gueye with a header but Donovan was better placed to meet Neville's ball.
    • 71' Free-kick then from range but Heitinga powers it yards over.
    • 70' Drenthe takes a flamboyant tumble and manages to win a free-kick.
    • 69' Donovan on the left, he curls it far post but there was no-one near it and out for a goal kick.
    • 68' Well now - League Two Macclesfield have come from behind and lead Bolton 2-1, while MK Dons have just gone ahead at home to QPR! So a few giant-kills on the cards but within the league.
    • 67' EVERTON SUB: Drenthe, who had been ill but is fine now, comes on for McFadden, who looked a bit off the pace.
    • 66' Baines with a ball in from the left and Donovan on the move but he puts it wide!
    • 65' Wrexham have levelled at Brighton by the way! Maybe my tip wasn't so off-radar. They have giant-killing form in the past, having done pretty much everyone bar Man Utd (including Porto of all teams).
    • 64' Immediately St Aimie has a volley from range and just over! Nice effort from the 22-year-old
    • 63' TAMWORTH SUB: Keiron St-Aimie, a former QPR trainee, comes on for Christie.
    • 62' Continuing the non-league team, the final of the four - Blue Square South side Salisbury - are now 2-0 down at Sheffield United. Follow all the action here!
    • 61' Tamworth break through Patterson. Now Thomas but he gives it away. They had men over, with Christie free.
    • 60' Cross by Donovan but cleared by Barrow. Gueye on it now but his far-post cross misses everyone.
    • 59' Barrow goes down now after a clash with Distin. No foul, hands shaken, a drop ball.
    • 58' EVERTON SUB: Baines comes on for Coleman, who limps off. No idea when he picked that injury up. Neville switches to right-back. Fellaini is okay.
    • 57' Treatment for Fellaini so a bit of a delay. Coleman is holding his hamstring now...
    • 56' Fellaini is holding his knee after that tangle with Kanyuka, who took the ball but caught Fellaini a bit.
    • 55' Fellaini on the move, he is tackled and reacts but play-on says the ref - Coleman shoots off target.
    • 54' Patterson almost gets in behind the Everton defence but Heitinga clears - now Everton break but the move lacks momentum and Tamworth have men back.
    • 53' Bilyaletdinov with a backheel to no-one. Showboating at this stage, in this weather (cold!) is not the best idea.
    • 52' By the way the hope of a Gillingham upset has evaporated - they took the lead but are now 3-1 down at home to Stoke.
    • 51' Pretty quiet start to this second half. Tamworth still very energetic - they did another warm-up at half-time while I was getting a tea.
    • 50' Barrow does well to get the ball away under pressure, good control but a hoof of a clearance.
    • 49' And Brighton are 1-0 up at home to Wrexham, who were my tip for an upset today. Boo.
    • 48' Another non-league side are falling further behind - Fleetwood are 2-0 down at home to Blackpool.
    • 47' Gueye fails to keep it in on the left after good build-up play.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - No changes at half-time for either side. Tweet me on @Reda_Maher if you have anything to say about this - it's been medium-rare so far to be honest. FOLLOW ON TWITTER
    • 45+2 Half-time and Heitinga's early goal is all that separates Everton and Tamworth, the non-league side working very hard to frustrate the hosts and with a couple of half-chances themselves.
    • 45+1 McFadden just fails to control a high ball in with his left but he's a touch leggy reaching it.
    • 45' Another Tamworth corner that Barrow sends back post but Everton clear. One minute added on.
    • 44' The ball is sent back in by Harbegham and Howard is stranded in the middle of nowhere, could be trouble as Distin clears on the line but the flag is up.
    • 43' Tamworth have a corner, Barrow takes and Kanyuka has a pop but off target.
    • 42' Fellaini on the ball as Everton push for a second before half time. Nothing comes of that move though.
    • 41' Gueye comes forward, Donovan waits for the cross but Gueye is closed down by Barrow.
    • 40' Tamworth come forward and a Thomas cross causes real problems but tipped behind for a corner by Howard. Took a touch off Neville actually, a poor defensive header.
    • 39' Gueye gets into a good spot and a tackle flies in from Harbegham but Tamworth have the throw.
    • 38' Anichebe gets one-on-one with Kanyuka and Everton could be in here but the Nigeria international fouls the Congo-born defender.
    • 37' Tamworth have a throw on halfway that is taken long, Christie flicks it on but Everton clear.
    • 35' The flag is up for a Patterson offside. Heitinga is still holding his ribs but was able to step up smartly enough.
    • 33' Coleman tries to get forward but is forced back by good pressure from Tamworth.
    • 32' An injury worry for Heitinga but he's okay. Everton need to protect their centre-halves!
    • 30' After finding it tough to get a break in England and Scandinavia, West Brom graduate Patterson went to college in the US before playing in the NASL and, briefly, for LA. He is 26 and possibly better than his career suggests.
    • 29' GREAT SHOT BY PATTERSON BUT JUST WIDE! He had a pop from some way out after a straight run from 40 yards.
    • 28' Danny Thomas is obviously not THAT Danny Thomas, but he has played plenty of league football - for Leicester (three games) but mostly Bournemouth, where he spent two seasons, and Macclesfield, where he also played for two years.
    • 27' Lovely skill from Thomas, who does a double drag-back on Bilyaletdinov in midfield! Hang on, you're meant to be a non-league player!
    • 25' Donovan crosses but blocked and the hosts have a throw.
    • 24' By the way you can follow the other third round matches by clicking on our scoring multiplex, by going on the link titled "FA Cup" in our livebox OR BY CLICKING HERE!
    • 23' That was good football from Everton and Donovan in particular, who started the move off with Bilyaletdinov also involved.
    • 22' Neville plays it into the box, half-cleared and McFadden shoots but wide of the far post!
    • 21' Tamworth with some decent football now, stroking it about in midfield. Bilyaletdinov gives away a free-kick.
    • 20' Amusing news - Gillingham are 1-0 up against Stoke. David!
    • 19' Barrow swings the free-kick in but Bilyaletdinov heads out. It drops to Barrow who shoots but sends it into the stands.
    • 18' Neville commits a couple of fouls in quick succession and Tamworth have a free-kick, the ref having a word with a man some years older than him.
    • 16' A bit of a lull in this game with Tamworth working hard to close Everton down and disrupt their game.
    • 14' Fellaini wide to McFadden, cross to Donovan who heads it down AND GUEYE but the shot is blocked by the centre-halves flying in!
    • 13' Tamworth have a corner now but it's poor and out of play.
    • 12' Everton are getting behind the Tamworth defence with ease. I can see a few more as Donovan pulls the strings in midfield. Gueye then crosses, McFadden heads at the back post but weak and he misses.
    • 11' Anichebe turns the defender, knocks it on and runs on to the ball out wide but can't get the cross in, overplaying it.
    • 10' Fellaini almost connects with a corner but the visitors manage to clear their lines.
    • 9' McFadden finds Coleman, he plays it across to Gueye, good passing this as Neville gets it, back to Gueye, now Anichebe with the turn and shot but a super stop by Collister!
    • 8' Gueye's corner is headed well clear but back with Fellaini, who starts another move.
    • 7' A shot from Anichebe takes a deflection off Harbegham and it's another Everton corner.
    • 5' GOAL EVERTON! A Donovan corner finds Heitinga who heads in. Poor defending, and Collister flapped too.
    • 4' Collister has to rush out and clear from Anichebe after the Everton striker was put through. Quick thinking and running from the former Tranmere keeper.
    • 3' Launched towards the Everton box but cleared by the hosts. Tamworth boss Marcus Law boasted of his young team's excellent fitness and they're pressing and chasing everything from the off.
    • 2' Patterson - who played for LA Galaxy with Landon Donovan a few years back - wins an early free-kick off Fellaini, fortunate as it came from a poor touch by the Tamworth man.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 14:58 The odds have lengthened on a Tamworth upset since that interview on Thursday - having been 14/1 they are now a lengthy 25/1 with BlueSquareBet (I quote them as it makes sense given Tamworth are a BSP team). Everton 1/10 on, with the draw 1/8.
    • 14:55 FACTS: This is Tamworth's third appearance in the third round of the FA Cup, they have been eliminated here on the previous two occasions; Tamworth have won five of their last eight matches in the FA Cup proper on the road; Tamworth have scored exactly twice in seven of their last eight FA Cup matches away from home.
    • 14:50 FACTS: This is Everton's first FA Cup game against a non-league side since beating Working 1-0 at home in January 1991; Everton have won none of their last three FA Cup matches at Goodison Park (D1 L2); It is over 100 years since a non-league side won at Goodison Park in the FA Cup: Tottenham Hotspur in February 1904.
    • 14:45 David Moyes: "We are down to two centre-halves so it is going to make it difficult to cope for that time with two central defenders. We know we don't have great finances so we know it will be a problem to do that. We'd like to add to one or two positions and with injury to Jagielka is leaves us short at centre-half."
    • 14:40 I covered Liverpool-Oldham last night, so it's a Mersey David-Goliath double for me this weekend. You can have a stop-and-chat (second Curb reference in two matches) on Twitter by following me @Reda_Maher. Or not. Your choice. FOLLOW HERE!
    • 14:35 I spoke to Tamworth boss Marcus Law the other day, and the aforementioned Christie. The gaffer was less than hopeful of an upset, but Christie has been responsible for one before - scoring in Leyton Orient's 4-1 win at Portsmouth in 2002 - so he fancies it. Read what they had to say in full here!
    • 14:30 Today's ref is Robert Madley (West Yorkshire), a rookie ref by Football League standards as last season was his first in the professional game. He is a shockingly young 26. At 24 he spent a season running the line in the Premier League.
    • 14:25 Tamworth had a mini-doubt over skipper Paul Green, who had a touch of the flu and missed the pre-game press opportunities, and alas he fails to make the squad. Shame for him. Otherwise everyone is raring to go - a name you may recognise is that of veteran striker Iyesden Christie, who has played for pretty much every team in the Football League, also defender Patrick Kanyuka, who came through the ranks at QPR. Young keeper Joe Collister (20) is an Everton fan. Bless.
    • 14:20 So Landon Donovan gets a start on the wing, while Gueye, McFadden and Anichebe all start in a very attacking line-up. Valios and Strcqualursi on the bench. Who said Everton don't have any forwards? A good chance for Gueye in particular. Phil Jagielka is out for six weeks with another knee problem, Tim Cahill not risked and Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Ross Barkley (knee) out.
    • 14:15 TEAMS - Everton: Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Distin, Neville, Donovan, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Gueye, McFadden, Anichebe; Subs: Hahnemann, Baines, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Vellios, Duffy, McAleny /// Tamworth: Collister, Tait, Francis, Kanyuka, Habergham, McKoy, Courtney, Barrow, Thomas, Patterson, Christie; Subs: Hedge, Oji, St Aimie, McDonald, Shariff, Taylor, Wallen
    • - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Everton's FA Cup clash with Conference (Blue Square Premier) minnows Tamworth - kicking off at Goodison from 3pm!
  • Summary

    • 85' DONOVAN WITH A WICKED DRIVE BUT OFF THE BAR! It hit the angle, superb effort after cutting in from the wing.
    • 81' Baines to take - and he sends Collister the wrong way. 2-0 Everton.
    • 79' Drenthe goes down after receiving a pass from Gueye - and it's a penalty to Everton.
    • 78' COLLISTER MAKES A SUPERB SAVE! Bilyaletdinov with a rocket from his tasty left foot but the Everton fan bats it away!
    • 66' Baines with a ball in from the left and Donovan on the move but he puts it wide!
    • 64' Immediately St Aimie has a volley from range and just over! Nice effort from the 22-year-old
    • 44' The ball is sent back in by Harbegham and Howard is stranded in the middle of nowhere, could be trouble as Distin clears on the line but the flag is up.
    • 29' GREAT SHOT BY PATTERSON BUT JUST WIDE! He had a pop from some way out after a straight run from 40 yards.
    • 27' Lovely skill from Thomas, who does a double drag-back on Bilyaletdinov in midfield! Hang on, you're meant to be a non-league player!
    • 22' Neville plays it into the box, half-cleared and McFadden shoots but wide of the far post!
    • 14' Fellaini wide to McFadden, cross to Donovan who heads it down AND GUEYE but the shot is blocked by the centre-halves flying in!
    • 12' Everton are getting behind the Tamworth defence with ease. I can see a few more as Donovan pulls the strings in midfield. Gueye then crosses, McFadden heads at the back post but weak and he misses.
    • 9' McFadden finds Coleman, he plays it across to Gueye, good passing this as Neville gets it, back to Gueye, now Anichebe with the turn and shot but a super stop by Collister!
    • 5' GOAL EVERTON! A Donovan corner finds Heitinga who heads in. Poor defending, and Collister flapped too.
    • 14:15 TEAMS - Everton: Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Distin, Neville, Donovan, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Gueye, McFadden, Anichebe; Subs: Hahnemann, Baines, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Vellios, Duffy, McAleny /// Tamworth: Collister, Tait, Francis, Kanyuka, Habergham, McKoy, Courtney, Barrow, Thomas, Patterson, Christie; Subs: Hedge, Oji, St Aimie, McDonald, Shariff, Taylor, Wallen

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    Manager: David Moyes

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    Manager: Marcus Law

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