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Toffees Too Tough For Cheltenham

Everton cruised into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup following a comfortable 5-1 win away to Cheltenham Town on Monday night.

The Toffees had taken a 2-0 lead by the 21st minute thanks to a goal from Nikica Jelaciv and a penalty from Leighton Baines. Leon Osman then added a third before Russel Penn pulled a goal back moments later.

Seamus Coleman produced a sublime finish eight minutes later to restore Everton's comfortable lead though and Marouane Fellaini wrapped up the result with a minute to go.

South African Steven Pienaar was not in the squad for the game as manager David Moyes gave some of his fringe players a run.

Darren Carter enjoyed an early chance for the hosts but fired wide following a sweeping move while Phil Jagielka put in a good tackle to halt Jeff Goulding soon after.

The Toffees would strike four minutes later though when Fellaini's shot came back off the post and Jelavic was waiting to gobble up the rebound.

Fellaini continued his inspirational form as he nodded the ball into the path of Jelavic moments later but the striker fired wide.

Carter then saw his strike go straight to Tim Howard before Baines' free-kick was clawed out brilliantly at the other end.

The visitors would then earn a penalty after a foul on Fellaini in the area and Baines powered home from the spot.

Everton continued to dominate after the break and Osman showed great composure to ditch his defender before thundering a shot past the goalkeeper from close range in the 50th minute.

Cheltenham would restore some hope two minutes later though when Penn darted onto a pass into the area and hit a low drive past Howard.

The Toffees did not panic and a magnificent dink over the goalkeeper from the lively Coleman in the 58th minute crushed the home side's hopes.

Fellaini would then drive the final nail into their coffin in the 89th minute when he ran into the area to meet a cross after a lightning break and he side-footed past the goalkeeper to complete the victory.


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