Cheltenham 1-5 Everton

Everton's Nikica Jelavic

Everton produced a clinical performance to see off League Two Cheltenham and reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Nikica Jelavic poked in after Marouane Fellaini's shot hit a post before Leighton Baines converted a penalty.

Leon Osman smashed in a third just after the break but Cheltenham quickly pulled one back as Russell Penn fired in at the near post.

Seamus Coleman's lofted finish made it 4-1 before Fellaini stabbed in from close range.

Everton will play either Sunderland or Bolton in the next round.

The scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on Cheltenham, who worked hard throughout but were ultimately undone by the quality of Everton's finishing.

Toffees boss David Moyes highlighted how much he wanted to progress in the competition by making just three changes to the side that beat Newcastle 2-1 in the Premier League last week, with defender Coleman, midfielder Bryan Oviedo and striker Victor Anichebe all starting.

But Cheltenham had the better of the opening 10 minutes as Kaid Mohamed passed for Darren Carter just inside the area but the former Birmingham midfielder scuffed his shot wide, before Jeff Goulding ran into a crowd of players when in a promising position.

Despite the home side's enterprising start, Everton took the lead in the 12th minute. Fellaini collected a pass from Oviedo before swinging a low shot towards goal that bounced back off the post and Jelavic reacted quickly to prod home the rebound.

It got even worse for Cheltenham nine minutes later when Everton added a second, this time from the penalty spot.

Alan Bennett was penalised by referee Kevin Friend for climbing over Fellaini in an attempt to head a cross away and Baines stepped up to confidently send the resulting penalty into the bottom-left corner.

A spell of Everton possession ensued as Cheltenham regrouped, but eventually the hosts again caused Everton problems. Billy Jones's free kick was headed just beyond his own goal by Jelavic, before Jermaine McGlashan lashed the ball over the bar from inside the area.

But, despite finishing the first half strongly, Cheltenham found themselves three goals down just four minutes after the restart. Baines picked out Osman inside the area and the midfielder skipped past the challenge of a home defender before smashing the ball beyond Scott Brown.

The home fans were finally given something to cheer about two minutes later when Mohamed slipped a pass for Penn to race on to inside the area and he stabbed the ball beyond Tim Howard at his near post.

Suddenly, Cheltenham fans sensed a possible fightback was on the cards.

But a fine finish by Coleman just before the hour put paid to those hopes. The impressive Anichebe spotted Coleman's run and played a ball for him to chase. He took one touch before lifting the ball over the onrushing Brown.

From then on, Everton's passage was never in doubt but there was still time for the visitors to add a fifth. Anichebe again provided the assist, crossing from the left, to leave Fellaini with the simple task of prodding in from close range.

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates said: "The scoreline was a little bit harsh. I thought we competed and worked really hard, and we had to just to stay in the game.

"Hopefully the players will realise they were in the game. They'll learn a lot from it and can be proud of their performance.

"It's great to see the quality that Everton showed and the respect they showed the FA Cup. It showed the quality of the club, the manager and the squad."

Everton manager David Moyes said: "We knew that it would be hard going because they have a good record at home but we got goals at important times. We got one early and then scored a penalty to settle it down. Cheltenham came back into it and it was probably not comfortable until we got the fourth.

"I wasn't overly pleased with how we played, we never really got control of the game. We were up against a spirited Cheltenham team who will have lifted themselves for the game and they have a great home record.

"When you are manager there is always a bit of pressure not lose. There is always an expectancy to win with these games and thankfully we did."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Cheltenham

  • 01 Brown
  • 03 Jones
  • 06 Elliott
  • 15 Bennett
  • 22 Jombati
  • 04 Carter (Taylor - 66' )
  • 07 Pack
  • 11 McGlashan (Deering - 80' )
  • 16 Penn
  • 10 Goulding (Duffy - 66' )
  • 23 Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 12 Roberts
  • 02 Lowe
  • 05 Hooman
  • 08 Deering
  • 18 Taylor
  • 09 Duffy
  • 14 Harrad

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 03 Baines (Gueye - 63' )
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 15 Distin
  • 18 Neville
  • 23 Coleman
  • 08 Oviedo
  • 21 Osman (Naismith - 68' )
  • 25 Fellaini
  • 07 Jelavic (Hitzlsperger - 80' )
  • 28 Anichebe

Substitutes

  • 01 Mucha
  • 34 Duffy
  • 16 Hitzlsperger
  • 20 Barkley
  • 14 Naismith
  • 19 Gueye
  • 27 Vellios
Ref: Friend
Att: 6,891

Match Stats

Shots

13 14

On target

3 8

Corners

3 1

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:10

The official flags Victor Anichebe offside. Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:25

Effort from deep inside the area by Sido Jombati clears the bar.

90:00 +0:04

The ball is crossed by Bryan Oviedo, clearance by Alan Bennett.

88:25

Assist by Victor Anichebe.

88:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Marouane Fellaini - Cheltenham 1 - 5 Everton Marouane Fellaini scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cheltenham 1-5 Everton.

88:25

The ball is crossed by Victor Anichebe,

86:56

Steven Naismith takes a shot. Scott Brown makes a brilliant save.

82:23

Corner from the right by-line taken by Billy Jones, Seamus Coleman manages to make a clearance.

80:39

Unfair challenge on Jake Taylor by Bryan Oviedo results in a free kick. Billy Jones crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Tim Howard.

79:50 Substitution

Substitution Thomas Hitzlsperger replaces Nikica Jelavic.

79:50 Substitution

Substitution Sam Deering on for Jermaine McGlashan.

79:20

The ball is swung over by Magaye Gueye, save made by Scott Brown.

77:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Naismith on Jake Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Billy Jones.

76:59

Russell Penn takes a shot from 30 yards. Save by Tim Howard.

75:31

Foul by Alan Bennett on Victor Anichebe, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.

74:44

The ball is swung over by Sido Jombati, Headed effort from inside the box by Alan Bennett misses to the right of the target.

73:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on Marlon Pack. Billy Jones takes the direct free kick.

72:28

Russell Penn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini. Phil Neville takes the free kick.

71:49

Unfair challenge on Victor Anichebe by Marlon Pack results in a free kick. Phil Neville restarts play with the free kick.

71:08

Shot from just outside the area by Jake Taylor goes over the bar.

70:02

Sido Jombati sends in a cross, Tim Howard makes a save.

68:48

The offside flag is raised against Nikica Jelavic. Indirect free kick taken by Billy Jones.

67:53 Substitution

Substitution Steven Naismith on for Leon Osman.

67:24

Jermaine McGlashan produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

66:55

Victor Anichebe challenges Billy Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Billy Jones takes the direct free kick.

65:25 Substitution

Substitution Darren Carter goes off and Jake Taylor comes on.

65:25 Substitution

Substitution (Cheltenham) makes a substitution, with Darryl Duffy coming on for Jeff Goulding.

62:50 Substitution

Substitution Leighton Baines leaves the field to be replaced by Magaye Gueye.

59:45

Leon Osman fouled by Marlon Pack, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.

59:23

Centre by Victor Anichebe, Darren Carter manages to make a clearance.

57:23

Assist by Victor Anichebe.

57:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Seamus Coleman - Cheltenham 1 - 4 Everton Goal scored by Seamus Coleman from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cheltenham 1-4 Everton.

57:23

The ball is crossed by Victor Anichebe,

56:05

Leon Osman takes a shot. Scott Brown makes a comfortable save.

55:21

Bryan Oviedo crosses the ball, clearance by Steve Elliott. Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Steve Elliott.

53:43

Marlon Pack challenges Nikica Jelavic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines from left wing, save made by Scott Brown.

53:30

The ball is swung over by Jermaine McGlashan, Phil Jagielka makes a clearance.

53:18

Jermaine McGlashan fouled by Leighton Baines, the ref awards a free kick. Russell Penn takes the free kick.

52:46

Seamus Coleman concedes a free kick for a foul on Kaid Mohamed. Scott Brown takes the direct free kick.

50:47

Assist on the goal came from Kaid Mohamed.

50:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Russell Penn - Cheltenham 1 - 3 Everton A goal is scored by Russell Penn from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cheltenham 1-3 Everton.

48:56

Leighton Baines provided the assist for the goal.

48:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Leon Osman - Cheltenham 0 - 3 Everton Leon Osman fires in a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cheltenham 0-3 Everton.

47:25

Victor Anichebe has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

46:36

Foul by Bryan Oviedo on Sido Jombati, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Brown.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:12

Jermaine McGlashan concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Fellaini. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:02

The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, clearance by Alan Bennett.

45:00 +0:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Steve Elliott. Direct free kick taken by Phil Neville.

45:00 +0:01

The referee penalises Nikica Jelavic for handball. Direct free kick taken by Billy Jones.

43:44

Marouane Fellaini challenges Russell Penn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Brown.

42:31

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan on Leighton Baines, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Marlon Pack.

40:13

The ball is swung over by Seamus Coleman, Headed effort from inside the area by Marouane Fellaini misses to the left of the goal.

36:56

Shot from deep inside the area by Jermaine McGlashan clears the crossbar.

35:34

Leighton Baines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine McGlashan. Billy Jones crosses the ball in from the free kick, Nikica Jelavic makes a clearance.

32:17

Marlon Pack takes a shot. Blocked by Marouane Fellaini. Inswinging corner taken by Billy Jones from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Nikica Jelavic. Billy Jones takes the outswinging corner, Steve Elliott takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard. Sido Jombati challenges Tim Howard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Howard takes the free kick.

30:37

Shot from just outside the box by Marouane Fellaini misses to the left of the goal.

29:58

The ball is delivered by Seamus Coleman, clearance made by Marlon Pack.

29:22

The ball is crossed by Bryan Oviedo.

27:30

Darren Carter fouled by Phil Neville, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Billy Jones.

26:39

Sido Jombati crosses the ball, Effort on goal by Darren Carter from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

24:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bryan Oviedo on Alan Bennett. Scott Brown takes the free kick.

20:47

The assist for the goal came from Marouane Fellaini.

20:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Leighton Baines - Cheltenham 0 - 2 Everton Penalty taken left-footed by Leighton Baines and scored. Cheltenham 0-2 Everton.

19:40

Marouane Fellaini fouled by Alan Bennett, the ref awards a Penalty.

17:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Neville by Darren Carter. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Leighton Baines, Scott Brown makes a brilliant save.

17:24

Darren Carter takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.

16:06

Centre by Billy Jones, free kick awarded for a foul by Leighton Baines on Jermaine McGlashan. Free kick crossed left-footed by Billy Jones from right wing, clearance made by Nikica Jelavic.

14:50

Shot by Nikica Jelavic from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

13:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victor Anichebe by Russell Penn. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.

11:47

Assist by Marouane Fellaini.

11:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Nikica Jelavic - Cheltenham 0 - 1 Everton Nikica Jelavic scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cheltenham 0-1 Everton.

11:45

Shot from just outside the area by Marouane Fellaini hits the post.

11:13

Bryan Oviedo takes a shot. Comfortable save by Scott Brown.

6:41

Kaid Mohamed has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

5:38

Effort from the edge of the area by Darren Carter goes wide of the right-hand post.

5:28

Leon Osman delivers the ball, clearance by Steve Elliott.

4:28

Marouane Fellaini has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

2:38

The referee penalises Jermaine McGlashan for handball. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.

0:56

Alan Bennett fouled by Nikica Jelavic, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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