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By JPEchoRobins  |  Posted: January 07, 2013

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Cheltenham Town 1 Everton 5

PREMIER League class shone brightly at the Abbey Business Stadium this evening as Everton disposed of Cheltenham Town with the minimum of fuss to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

It was a night to savour for the League Two Robins, but David Moyes’ team had far too much quality and an upset never looked likely after quick goals in the first half from Nikica Jelavic and Leighton Baines.

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An already gargantuan task became even more daunting for Cheltenham in the 12th minute and it was Belgian sensation Marouane Fellaini who had a big say in it.

One of the most recognisable figures in the game twisted and shot on the turn with an effort that appeared to take Scott Brown by surprise.

The goalkeeper threw himself to his left, but he was unable to stop it rebounding off the post and Jelavic did what few players in the English game currently do better, tapping into the empty net from close range.

The ball arrived at the Croatian with pace and his controlled finish was not as simple as he made it look.

He celebrated his seventh goal of the season and the wind had been taken out of Cheltenham’s sails.

They started well, with Alan Bennett winning his first aerial test against the big-haired Fellaini and Sido Jombati showing that he was not overawed by the occasion, nonchalantly back-heeling his way out of the trouble early on.

Darren Carter was passed fit to play after sustaining an ankle injury in the 1-0 defeat at Oxford on New Year’s Day and the midfielder arrived in some promising attacking positions in the opening period.

He scuffed one wide in the sixth minute after being set up by Kaid Mohamed, the hero of the second round replay at Hereford United who was preferred to Jake Taylor on the left wing.

Brown made a comfortable save from Costa Rican Bryan Oviedo shortly before Cheltenham fell behind.

Carter forced Tim Howard into his first save in the 18th minute, but the American number one gathered it safely.

For once Billy Jones’ left foot was not the sweetest on show at Whaddon Road and the capacity crowd were given a first-hand look at one of the best in the business.

Baines forced Brown into a tremendous save with a free-kick from 30 yards in the 20th minute, but seconds later Everton were awarded a penalty.

It stemmed from a long throw from Phil Neville, who has over 500 Premier League appearances to his name.

Robins skipper Bennett was adjudged to have impeded Fellaini and despite Cheltenham’s protests, referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot in the 21st minute.

Baines stepped up and thumped his penalty past Brown, who guessed correctly, diving to his right but it was unstoppable.

Just as they had been in previous FA Cup ties against top flight opponents Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, Cheltenham were 2-0 down at the break.

Fellaini sent a shot and a header wide as Everton put together some moves fitting for a team fifth in the top flight.

Baines underlined his class four minutes into the second half, setting up fellow England man Leon Osman, who skipped into space with some wonderfully neat touches before slamming past Brown to make it 3-0.

No-nonsense Osman rather sums up Everton and Moyes’ philosophy at Goodison Park and he showed why Roy Hodgson was so keen to call him into the national set-up this season.

There seemed no way back from Osman’s goal, but two minutes later Russ Penn gave Cheltenham a glimmer of hope with his first strike of the campaign.

He latched onto Mohamed’s pass and beat the advancing Howard for a goal he will never forget and Cheltenham’s first against top flight opposition in the FA Cup since Grant McCann’s stunner against Fulham in 2003/04.

Jermaine McGlashan relished the chance to run at Baines and he crossed from the right towards Jeff Goulding, but the lone front man failed to make a clean contact with his header from a good position.

Irish full-back Seamus Coleman scored the best goal of the night in the 58th minute to restore Everton’s three-goal advantage.

He exchanged passes with Victor Anichebe before calmly lifting a quite brilliant finish over Brown.

Steve Elliott nodded one close with 15 minutes remaining, but Everton were the epitome of professionalism.

Brown did well to keep out substitute Steven Naismith’s late effort, but Fellaini added the fifth after a perfect cross from Anichebe in the 89th minute and Everton will play at Sunderland or Bolton in round four.

CHELTENHAM TOWN: S Brown; S Jombati, A Bennett, S Elliott, B Jones; J McGlashan (S Deering 81), M Pack, R Penn, D Carter (J Taylor 66), K Mohamed; J Goulding (D Duffy 66). Subs not used: K Lowe, H Hooman, C Roberts, S Harrad.

EVERTON: T Howard; S Coleman, S Distin, P Jagielka, L Baines (M Gueye 64); V Anichebe, L Osman (S Naismith 69), P Neville, B Oviedo; M Fellaini, N Jelavic (T Hitzlsperger 81). Subs not used: J Mucha, R Barkley, A Vellios, S Duffy.

REFEREE: K Friend.

ATTENDANCE: 6,891 (1,101 away).

STAR MAN: Russ Penn.

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  • essexforever  |  January 08 2013, 4:52PM

    Cheltenham need more than a striker if they are to mount a serious promotion challenge. The goals for and against column probably suggests that their current league position flatters them. While they can be forgiven for shipping five against Everton we mustnt forget that the Robins have conceded four against Bradford, Chesterfield, Rotherham and Rochdale and three a couple of times at home earlier on in the season. They are in a good position so I would expect Yates to take a gamble and be prepared to bring in a few players in different positions to bolster the side. LP1212 is right in saying that there is a lack of creativity. You cant just rely on yr left back to create 80% of yr goalscoring chances!

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  • CheltRobin  |  January 08 2013, 2:32PM

    Great posts, here's my thoughts. Cheltenham certainly didn't disgrace themselves last night, despite the scoreline, which was a bit harsh on them. Yes, Everton were a class apart (especially in 2nd half), and were deserving winners, no doubt about it. However, their first 2 goals were both slightly fortuitous (particularly the penalty, which Fellani has since admitted to Bennett, wasn't a penalty at all) and came against the run of play. Cheltenham could've easily scored during their onslaught on Evertons goal in the 1st 11 mins. Cheltenham though at least scored a goal and what a goal it was, from our MOM Penn. What a superb match he had too! McGashan also a decent match, but he was well shackled by Baines, then as Al said, in the 2nd half, quite often the quality of ball out to him wasn't good enough to allow him to take on the Toffes defence. Al - cant agree with you on Pack. All this season he has been way below last seasons form. In the corner were we stand, we have nicknamed him "the crab", because this season, he's always passing sideways, not forwards as he was doing last season - why?? Was last season just a flash in the pan or has last seasons success gone to his head? Whatever it is, he's not the same player as last season - his goals have dried up too. As for the loan signings - hope that MY signs a striker (in the Burgess mould) and a CB to cover for Elliott and Benno. Last nights match did highlight 1 clear thing - Goulding is not good enough, if we are going to play other matches this season with 1 up front, then we need someone with much more physical presence than he can provide. Bellyflop - agree on the attendance issue, it would be nice to see another 500 thru the gates at every home match for the rest of the season - will it happen???

  • ALChelt  |  January 08 2013, 12:04PM

    LP1212,obviously you have moved on from last nights game already,so to comment on your remarks,cant agree more with the Goulding observation,as for McGlashan,I also think he's a terffic little player but you cant judge on last nights game,yes he got a couple of free kicks but did you also notice that on a several occasions he was passed the ball early only for Baines to be one step ahead and easily got in front of him to regain the ball,and that was to be expected,also I agree with your Mo observation I have given up on mentioning his failing's on this forum,but cant agree with your dissing of the midfield,I think it's as good as any in div 2 and possibly even better than many in the league above but we do lack a good consistant striker or two,Duffy works better off another striker and Harrod lacks height and at time's movement in the right direction,this is a very good Cheltenham team but often the difference at any standard is the quality of the strike force..take a peek at the prem,how many goals as Van Persie notched now,but quality is expensive and you have to pay top dollar for players who consistantly put the ball in the back of the net.

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  • LP1212  |  January 08 2013, 11:27AM

    Yes, we did put in a good performance for the most part (but see below) - all credit to MY and the team. But in truth Everton were never really out of 2nd gear. Penn played probably his best ever game for the club - and what a good goal. Would have been the pick of the night but for Everton's 4th and 5th! The difference in quality was of course there for all to see (and admire) - quickness and sharpness of thought, speed, movement and strength. An evening to savour. I remain unconvinced that a new striker is the answer to our prayers. We didn't really start with one yesterday evening - Goulding never was and never will be a regular goal scorer and it is baffling why he gets selected for the big games. As I have said before, strikers can't score if they are not on the pitch. Pope has started 26 league games for Vale (23 goals) and Cureton 24 for Exeter (16 goals). Duffy showed in the first half of last season what a good striker he is but he has started just 3 league games this season (but 2 goals). Harrad showed in the first half dozen games this season what a good goal scorer he is, but was not re-introduced to the team after recovering from injury. Both appear to have had their confidence undermined by not being selected. I don't doubt that we will get a new striker this week; I just hope he is given a consistent run in the team. But for me the bigger problem remains our midfield, the style of play and the lack of creativity. Strikers need a decent service, not balls up in the air that are bread and butter for even League 2 defenders, let alone Jagielka and Distin. We showed how we can do it for our goal with some good inter-passing on the ground through the middle of the pitch. But we don't do that anywhere near often enough on a consistent basis - I thought we had turned the corner with the Port Vale game, but it seems not. And the biggest mystery is our waste of the talents of Jermaine McGlashan. He was MOTM for Aldershot against Man Utd last season, and he got that for his tricky wing play. How many times did he receive the ball to his feet out on the wing last night? 3 or 4? And on each occasion he caused trouble and earned 2 free kicks. He himself doesn't help by drifting a lot into the middle. But one can only think that he, and the team, are playing to MY's instructions, otherwise he would be told to get back out on the wing. We seem to have no difficulty playing the ball regularly to the left wing for Mo to (usually) run down a blind alley or cut infield and lose it. Why can we not do the same for JM on the right? All that said, let's remain hopeful for the next 21 games - and trust that the players don't have the same sort of downturn after last night's big match as they had after the Spurs game.

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  • ALChelt  |  January 08 2013, 7:20AM

    Wasting your breath bellyflop,however about last nights game,well done Yeates for telling his side to go out and try to play football,the team overall gave a good accont of themselves,Penn was everything you would want from a lower leagur player against top opposition and Pack looked confident and assured almost throughout the game.Everton paid CTFC the compliment of playing a full strength team which does speak volumes to how we were rated before the game,they were overall just that much sharper and quickness of thought. I hope however any money M Y is given he spends it on a consistant and quality striker,we have lacked this all season,but for now pat the guys on the back it was the most enjoyable 5-1 deafeat I have ever watched.:-)

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  • Bellyflop  |  January 07 2013, 10:57PM

    Over 5000 Cheltenham supporters at the game tonight. How many of you will be at the game at home against York on Saturday? Please get off your butts and get to Whaddon road, don't be just big game supporters.

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