Match Details: 23/08/2016
Everton 4-0 Yeovil Town
Carling Cup Second Round
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Liam Shephard, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 9. Tom Eaves, 10. Otis Khan, 16. Matt Butcher, 23. Ryan Hedges
Subs: 12. Jonny Maddison, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 19. Tahvon Campbell, 20. Joe Lea, 22. Ollie Bassett,
Substitutes Used: Tahvon Campbell for Otis Khan (63 mins), Joe Lea for Kevin Dawson (76 mins)
Bookings: Kevin Dawson (Foul, 60)
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten on Tuesday night against Premier League side Everton as the three tier gap between the two sides became apparent in a 4-0 defeat. The Glovers were competitive in the way they closed down their opponents, but struggled to test Toffees keeper Maarten Stekelenburg throughout the evening, going behind to a first half Aaron Lennon angled shot from inside the box. The Glovers' resolution held up to around the point at which Ross Barkley's free kick in the 69th minute crept in at the near post. That was the cue for a bit of showboating by the home side as they dominated possession in the closing stages, with two goals from substitute Arouna Kone giving the Toffees a route into the Third Round.
The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up. Despite Darren Way's protestations on Saturday that Ryan Dickson hadn't been taken off against Morecambe due to an ankle injury, there was always a suspicion that had caused his withdrawal from the team. That proved to be the case when he dropped off the teamsheet - thankfully Liam Shephard had recovered from his Achilles injury, although that still meant a shuffle across the back four, with Nathan Smith taking his more traditional left-back role. On the bench, Francois Zoko was also missing, with presumably some sort of a recurring problem with his ongoing hip flexor issues.
The match opened in a frenetic end-to-end manner, with Romelu Lukaku firing over the bar. At the other end, Otis Khan broke through but couldn't quite get his shot away from deep inside the box, with an Everton defender snuffing out the sort of chance that a lower league defender probably wouldn't have been wise to. Matt Butcher and Bevis Mugabi shot wide, whilst Tom Eaves headed over the bar - in truth none of the efforts had Everton too worried, although Butcher's was notable for the way that he turned his marker with a fair bit of skill. At the other end, Liam Shephard had to be alert as he cleared the ball off his own goal line from Lukaku.
Whilst that period of the game had been relatively even, Everton did give the impression that they could be clinical if they were given enough chances, and 28 minutes into the match they grabbed the lead. Lukaku threaded the ball down the flank to James McCarthy, putting him behind the Glovers back line, and when he pulled the ball back to Aaron Lennon who fired home an angled shot for a 1-0 lead. That was the cue for the home side to finish the half strongly. They had penalty appeals waved away when Yannick Bolasie went down inside the box beyond a challenge from Bevis Mugabi - referee Christopher Kavanagh called it correctly with the former Crystal Palace player having chosen to fall beyond the tackle. A number of corners closed the half, with Artur Krysiak under pressure on a number of occasions - notably when he mis-punched a ball in the direction of his own net, but thankfully the ball was cleared. A Mason Holgate header cleared the bar from another set piece.
Yeovil opened the second period with a Matt Dolan free kick going comfortably wide. Rather closer was a shot from Everton full-back Bryan Oviedo which rippled the netting, but on the wrong side, creating an illusion for those sat on the opposite side of the stadium that had Toffees fans on their feet briefly thinking they'd scored. The killer goal came with 21 minutes remaining when Toffees captain Ross Barkley perhaps surprised Artur Krysiak by firing home a free kick at the near post from what was a fairly narrow angle. 2-0 and that was going to give a mountain to climb.
Not that you would have known it from the noisy 903 fans in the away supporters section. They belted out every chant they could as if they were the club that had the two goal advantage, whilst the Everton fans were curiously muted, apart from when their side stuck a dangerous ball into the box. The Toffees probably weren't really being helped by some hopelessly wayward shooting. Yannick Bolasie, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Holgate all spurned marvellous chances to extend the lead as Yeovil spent much of the half on the back foot.
It wasn't until both clubs made a series of substitutions that Everton finally put the game out of sight though. One of those brought on was Arouna Kone and he needed just four minutes to make his mark. He went on a weaving run from the left flank, leaving Matt Butcher backing off a bit too much, and when he got sight of the edge of the box, he let fly with an extremely well taken solo goal. Arouna Kone then took advantage a second time in the final minute of the match, as the Yeovil defenders failed to clear an aerial ball from Tom Cleverley. As the ball bounced deep inside the box, Kone pounced and then showed some clever feet to give himself some room to control the ball, put it onto his favoured foot, and then fire home from close range. Game most definitely over.
At 4-0 down, you could have forgiven the Yeovil Town supporters if they'd headed out of the stadium on the final whistle. However, whilst the final 20 minutes did turn into a bit of Everton showboating, the first 70 minutes of the match were most definitely competitive, and the away fans all stayed behind to applaud the players, with Everton also showing a nice touch by putting 'Yeovil True' over the tannoy, played in full whilst both fans and players were applauding each other. There'd been a significant gap between the two clubs by the time of the 90 minutes by the end, but in terms of the appreciation handed out to the players at the end, it most certainly didn't feel like a 4-0 scoreline.
Final Score: Everton 4 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Aaron Lennon (28 mins, 1-0), Ross Barkley (69 mins, 2-0), Arouna Kone (83 mins, 3-0), Arouna Kone (90 mins, 4-0)
22. Maarten Stekelenburg
12. Aaron Lennon 30. Mason Holgate 5. Ashley Williams 25. Ramiro Funes Mori 20. Bryan Oviedo
17. Idrissa Gueye 8. Ross Barkley 16. James McCarthy
14. Yannick Bolasie 10. Romelu Lukaku
1. Joel 3. Leighton Baines 4. Darron Gibson (66 mins for James McCarthy) 6. Phil Jagielka 9. Arouna Kone (79 mins for Ross Barkley) 11. Kevin Mirallas 15. Tom Cleverley (66 mines for Mason Holgate)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.
Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell (63 mins for Otis Khan) 20. Joe Lea (76 mins for Kevin Dawson) 22. Ollie Bassett
Everton Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 60 mins)
Everton Match Statistics: Possession: 66%; Shots: 22; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 11; Fouls: 6.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 34%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 2; Fouls: 6.
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire). Assistants: Nick Greenhalgh (Lancashire) and James Mainwaring (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).
Attendance: 24,617 (with 903 Yeovil supporters).