Full time thoughts – Everton have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup. It wasn’t easy and seemed laborious at times, and the defense still seems to have all sorts of communication problems, but he showed his quality against a clearly inferior opponent. A great start for Frank Lampard, and the crowd at Goodison Park certainly appreciated it.
90+4′ – Final whistle sounds, Toffees win 4-1.
90′ – Lovely little set-up by Tosun and Iwobi finds Townsend with his favorite left foot, and deflects a shot home that beats Raya, no chance, 4-1, good night Brentford.
88′ – Richarlison’s exit now, big hand for the striker. Cenk Tosun has a few minutes now, along with Alex Iwobi, as Demarai Gray is out. Gray was excellent once again.
73′ – Everton controlled the ball well, running out of time. Frank Lampard is making a few more changes now, with his sights clearly set on Tuesday’s game at Newcastle.
Anthony Gordon and Vitaliy Mykolenko exit, and Andros Townsend and Jonjoe Kenny enter.
65′ – Vitaliy Mykolenko’s low center deflected for a corner. This is easily erased.
61′ – Now Godfrey steals the ball in the Bees box, Gray’s shot deflected for a corner.
Gray’s outswinger is finished off by a defender, and Mason Holgate heads in! Everton 3-1!!
60′ – A Brentford counter-attack turns into a corner. Clear at first, the ball rolls back into the Everton box, Mina and Pickford get confused and Toney gets a touch. However, the ball bounces harmlessly, very, very lucky. Wow, the defense looks very shaky here.
53′ – Penalty for Brentford! A deep pass to Toney, Pickford slides out, and Toney’s touch is taken off the keeper and the striker goes down. Ref points to the spot, VAR won’t override that.
Toney to take, sends Pickford the wrong way, 2-1 now.
50′ – Whoa Brentford fighting hard. First Ivan Toney falls into the area due to an elbow from Mina, but referee Michael Oliver is not interested. Then a low center crosses the small area and no one from either team can touch it.
48′ – RICHARD! The Brazilian connection as the striker gets a big ball from Allan first as Raya shoots out, and Richy just passes him through the open net. 2-0 early in the second stanza.
46′ – Second part in progress, no changes are appreciated.
Half time stats –
Apologies, I got stuck running errands outside the house. In short, Everton have controlled possession, in a 3-4-3 against the 3-5-2 away team. Ben Godfrey was injured -it seems to be on his knee- and Yerry Mina came on for him and scored the goal that put the Blues ahead. Pretty awful weather at Goodison Park, strong swirling winds and a light rain falling.
It hasn’t been pretty, but Everton have been very mobile, moving and exchanging positions. Aside from a torn defense situation from set pieces and a shaky back pass to Jordan Pickford that we almost paid for, Brentford haven’t posed a threat. The Blue moved the call efficiently at times, strikers looking to make shots rather than play someone, all in less than a week since Lampard took over.
Everton have a new manager in place, their sixth ‘permanent’ boss in six years and the cycle begins once again. This time it’s Frank Lampard, the England and Chelsea midfielder extraordinaire in whom we are all placing our trust to take us to the promised land. That journey begins with an FA Cup fourth-round clash against Brentford, although manager, players and fans can excuse themselves if their sights are set on Tuesday when a trip to Newcastle calls with the Magpies breathing down the necks of the fans. Blues in their relegation battle.
Lampard will be without the three midfielders and forwards who were added in the January transfer window, with the trio of Anwar El Ghazi, Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli all tied for the cup. It’s getting worse, however, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure both injured and with no Tom Davies or Fabian Delph available.
The Brentford visitors may not have manager Thomas Frank on the bench for this game after the Dane tested positive for COVID this week. The Bees will pose a physical test for the Blues
Competence: FA Cup fourth round
Start date and time: Saturday, January 5 at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. BST
Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, UK
Weather: 49°F/9°C, light rain, 77% chance of precipitation, 27 mph winds
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The two teams recently met in the league, with Everton going down 1-0 thanks to a penalty conceded in the first half.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.