FA CUP: Everton vs Chelsea Review

FA CUP: Everton vs Chelsea Review
Mar 13, 2016

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What a night, what a game. As an Everton fan I couldn’t asked for more from my team after a game which wasn’t by any means an easy win. After heavily criticizing Roberto in my last article, he sure as hell proved me wrong with his match tactics and selection. Everything went perfectly for us apart from a couple of controversial issues which will be a talking point in today’s feature.

Romelu Lukaku struck twice against his former club that secured Everton their place in this year’s FA Cup semi-finals with an emphatic victory over Chelsea. Goodison Park burst into life after Romelu’s moment of magic as he elegantly skipped through players, calmly slotting home past the Belgium international as Everton sealed a 2-0 win against the Premier League champions.

This FA Cup game was nothing short of an emotion filled thriller where both teams dug deep to try send their teams to the next round – however no game involving Diego Costa goes smoothly, especially with his history against us.

Costa will surely be in the centre of attention in tomorrow’s papers as the Spanish international threw his face into the direction of Gareth Barry’s neck and in my opinion, bit him. The elephant man was correctly sent off by referee Michael Oliver and could have no arguments after what he did. It was disgusting by him, should be shipped back to where ever he came from and I speak on behalf of the majority of football fans when saying that.

The red card for Diego now means he will miss the semi-final along with the rest of his teammates.

Chelsea dominated the game for lengthy periods and part of me believed we wouldn’t score at all. Chelsea caused us some problems after a Willain free kick forced a tip over the bar from Joel Robles, as they continuously pushed us backwards, exploiting the flanks. However, the best chance fell for none other than Diego Costa when Fabregas picked out a pass early in the second half which enabled him to run forward away from Jagielka and smash the ball across the face of goal, only narrowly missing the inside post.

The west London club required Courtois to prevent Lukaku’s dazzing run to end up in the back of the net, but there was nothing he could do to stop his compatriot from breaking his scoring duck against them. Just 5 minutes later, the 22 year old who was sold for £28m by then manager Jose Mourinho, picked up the ball on the right hand side after Ross Barkley rolled it through, and made no mistake with the follow up to get the 2nd.

Gareth Barry was then booked again after a rash challenge on Fabregas, leading to his dismissal. Both clubs finished the game with 10 men with both players currently set to receive one match suspensions.

What the managers had to say:

Roberto Martinez: “Romelu Lukaku’s goal was one of the great goals we will see in the FA Cup. We played a great team in Chelsea but we looked a team that was hurting from the weekend loss to West Ham. We had the responsibility to relieve the pain and did that in the last 12 minutes. Today was the complete feeling.”

Gus Hiddink: “I didn’t see the Diego Costa incident. If I had have seen it I would give proper comment so it is difficult to give a comment on that.

Everyone knows where Chelsea were. The first task was to get out of the relegation zone and we did that fast, we went from 16th to 10th. Then there were two cups at stake. It is important now that we have the pride to play when there is nothing much at stake.”

Hahahahaha Chelsea, one of the biggest European powerhouses are happy that they’re safe from relegation. That’s the kind of mentality you expect from a team like Newcastle not Chelsea, especially when their fans were chanting about being the Champions of Europe.

Now, going back to the Everton manager, let me give credit where it is due. Martinez brought on a defender to shut up shop, he didn’t blame the referee and accepted that Barry’s red card was correct, and won the game without conceding. Roberto is that you? The Roberto I know would be arrogant and leave things how they are, prompting us to bottle our lead. Hopefully this is a changing point in our season and we can go and push on for a top 8 finish, starting with a victory over Arsenal next week.

Anyways, back onto topic – WE MIGHT ACTUALLY WIN SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 2 DECADES!!!! Being an Everton fan for years and to see us not have a good cup run since we reached the final in 2009 has been heart breaking. However, I am fully confident we can win it this year with the fine form players such as Barkley and Lukaku are in. A draw against Palace would be sound giving us a huge chance to win our first piece of silverware for 21 years and I can’t wait. #COYB



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