Everton 4 - 0 Yeovil Town
Ross Barkley runs out as captain of the side for the first time
Everton are through to the third round of the EFL Cup on the back of a comfortable 4-0 victory over Yeovil at Goodison Park.
Arouna Koné came off the bench with 12 minutes left to put the icing on the cake for Ronald Koeman's side, scoring two excellent goals to round off the scoring after Aaron Lennon and Ross Barkley had put them into a commanding lead.
Barkley's goal capped a memorable evening for the Wavertree-born star. Handed the captain's armband by his manager, the 22-year-old bounced a long-range past the Yeovil 'keeper in the 68th minute and then lifted his jersey to reveal a heartfelt message to Sid Benson, the scout and influential club figure who died recently.
Everton's players wore black armbands to mark Benson's passing and acknowledge his many years of magnificent service to the club.
Koeman named a strong line-up, with Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie making their full debuts and Barkley wearing the armband.
Romelu Lukaku made his first start of the season after coming on as a substitute at West Brom on Saturday, as did Bryan Oviedo and Aaron Lennon.
Maarten Stekelenburg kept his place in goal as Koeman foregoes the "cup keeper" option, leaving Joel Robles on a bench that featured regular starters Phil Jagielka, Kevin Mirallas and Leighton Baines.
Gerard Deulofeu, who was pictured going through what might have been a late fitness test on the pitch earlier this evening, was not included in the squad.
Both sides had early sights of goal, with Lukaku curling a shot a inch over the bar from the edge of the box in the second minute while, at the other end, an under-hit Ramiro Funes Mori backpass was almost seized upon but Stekelenburg was able to smother the danger.
Lukaku then tested the Yeovil keeper from a Barkley corner but his header was saved and fired wide when well-placed a few minutes later.
In between, Lennon won a second corner with a quarter of an hour gone and Lukaku was there again but his effort was hacked off the line following a well-worked set-piece routine.
Yeovil, meanwhile, continued to try and carve out chances of their own and Matt Butcher went close from about 12 yards out after Tom Eaves had knocked the ball on but he missed the target.
Everton took the lead after 27 minutes through a well-worked passing move that ended with James McCarthy pulling the ball back for Aaron Lennon to stroke home.
The home side then had a decent shout for a penalty when Bolasie brought the down well and advanced into the box but while he appeared to have been brought down, the referee waved away appeals for a foul.
Back-to-back corners late in the first half almost led to the second goal of the game but Holgate headed wide from another dangerous Barkley delivery.
Everton probed in the early stages of the second half but the home crowd started to get restless as the score remained at 1-0.
Lukaku smashed one chance wide and failed to anticipate a bouncing ball forward that might have put him in, while Oviedo hammered an effort into the side-netting and Holgate almost connected with Lukaku's ball across goal following a Barkley free kick.
Koeman withdrew McCarthy and Holgate midway through the second half and Barkley doubled the lead shortly afterwards. The midfielder lined up a direct free kick from distance and whipped a shot past the 'keeper to make it 2-0.
Barkley completed his evening's work with 12 minutes to go when Arouna Kone came on for his second appearance of the season from the bench. And the Ivorian made it 3-0 with a terrific driving run and strike that left Krysiak in the Yeovil goal helpless.
And Koné grabbed his second with another fine solo effort, taking the ball past one defender with a clever dink, nudging it wide of another and then belting it home from close range.
The emphatic result puts the Blues into the hat for tomorrow's third-round draw.
Quotes sourced from ToffeeWeb match page
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1 Posted 23/08/2016 at 18:59:35
I like our new manager very much.
Now let's take this competition seriously and win the bloody thing!
2 Posted 23/08/2016 at 19:21:23
3 Posted 23/08/2016 at 19:23:58
4 Posted 23/08/2016 at 19:24:33
5 Posted 23/08/2016 at 19:32:13
6 Posted 23/08/2016 at 19:32:23
Still wondering where Tarashaj has gone?!
7 Posted 23/08/2016 at 19:45:35
8 Posted 23/08/2016 at 19:46:13
I don't why Koeman doesn't rate him but maybe he has a poor attitude; seems a bit immature at times â€“ it's a big shame he can't push for his place in the team!
9 Posted 23/08/2016 at 19:50:00
Great line up and strong bench too... big message to all players â€“ competition for places too.
We've got a good strong squad and we'll be able to move forwards now.
10 Posted 23/08/2016 at 19:52:43
11 Posted 23/08/2016 at 19:59:18
12 Posted 23/08/2016 at 19:59:41
Other than that, sensible selection with the starting line-up and the bench.
Plenty options for some subs to get half a game or whatever.
13 Posted 23/08/2016 at 20:05:42
Championship players at most. This is where the up-and-coming kids should get a bit of game time and experience rather than on a Tuesday night in an empty stadium.
14 Posted 23/08/2016 at 20:06:57
15 Posted 23/08/2016 at 20:11:15
I've been working away today Won't be back til tomorrow so want catch this online.
16 Posted 23/08/2016 at 20:14:19
17 Posted 23/08/2016 at 20:15:11
Might wander down to the local sports bar and watch the other games, see if they have highlights as goals go in.
18 Posted 23/08/2016 at 20:19:20
19 Posted 23/08/2016 at 20:21:02
20 Posted 23/08/2016 at 20:25:01
Ross to McCarthy and he pulls it back across goal to Lennon who slides it in with his right foot. Lukaku has fluffed his lines so far according to Tony Gale... he's had 4 chances and has taken none.
21 Posted 23/08/2016 at 20:59:11
22 Posted 23/08/2016 at 21:31:47
23 Posted 23/08/2016 at 21:38:49
25 Posted 23/08/2016 at 21:47:39
26 Posted 23/08/2016 at 21:49:05
Feeling a little stupid now? And doesn't Robles have a cup winners medal?
28 Posted 23/08/2016 at 21:51:58
29 Posted 23/08/2016 at 21:53:44
I wish people like you would get in the real world we are lucky to have him!
30 Posted 23/08/2016 at 21:59:54
31 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:02:04
How's that humble pie?
32 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:02:51
Would like the crowd to show a bit more patience with the lads though.
33 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:02:51
I know it was only Yeovil but I am really pleased for him- he deserves a break.
34 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:04:28
35 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:11:45
36 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:17:23
I'm with you, mate, I'd love Chelsea to take him off our hands but I doubt any top club wants him, especially at the asking price, hence his 'decision' to do us a favour and stay. I'd swap him with Rondon at WBA and give them £5 mill on top just to get rid of the hugely overrated big lump.
37 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:19:59
After a number of poor performance's, I started to criticise , as much as anyone else. But I hope I'm wrong. I would be more than happy to eat my words if Kone starts to score and provide assists more regularly. It's in all our interests if he does. I'd be delighted to be wrong.
38 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:20:09
39 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:21:46
40 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:38:18
41 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:39:27
42 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:39:44
Nice straightforward win though we obviously still need to recruit - guile is what we lack (apart from a quick striker) and I wonder if Koeman is looking to Barkley to supply it. I'm a big fan of Ross but I want another option to break open defences.
43 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:51:38
We really do need a striker in. Rondon not a bad shout felt a bit sorry for him after the WBA game, where he looked useful while his team mates were useless! Could do with a more prolific striker as well.
44 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:53:32
45 Posted 23/08/2016 at 22:56:39
Or is he?
Just feel we need someone in quick to get the number 9 firing on all cylinders.
46 Posted 23/08/2016 at 23:00:09
Kone, however, is rubbish I agree, despite his brace last night.
47 Posted 23/08/2016 at 23:02:26
Perhaps Arouna is trying to make a statement? RK should not be deceived... If he can't get a hat-trick against Yeovil, he should do it against Man Utd and the other top contenders.
Kone should be released and for Lukaku he needs to be alert and convert all his chances.
It's really a good game and good night for EFC fans. I wish the team a good draw tomorrow and ruthless weekend in the Premier League.
50 Posted 23/08/2016 at 23:13:52
51 Posted 23/08/2016 at 23:14:43
52 Posted 23/08/2016 at 23:15:57
54 Posted 23/08/2016 at 23:24:02
This could be his season, like when a certain ex-RS captain went from being potential to a proper player in 2003-04. I don't like the comparison but he's the most similar one I've seen in the last 20 years although Ross doesn't tackle with two feet and is more skillful.
55 Posted 23/08/2016 at 23:44:09
I was sat with neutral friends who were also impressed with Rom's "distribution and leading the line".
A bit nonplussed but came around to watching more closely and agreeing.
56 Posted 23/08/2016 at 23:53:53
57 Posted 24/08/2016 at 01:20:41
Personally, I hope he scores when we need goals, and he will. That's what he does.
58 Posted 24/08/2016 at 02:38:23
So long as he does a job and the team win games, I'm not worried about him not scoring. 2 or 3 games to get match fitness and he will bang em in. Keep the faith.
59 Posted 24/08/2016 at 04:01:22
60 Posted 24/08/2016 at 04:04:34
62 Posted 24/08/2016 at 05:55:17
63 Posted 24/08/2016 at 06:28:06
Kone got two against League Two opposition and I believe that's about his level, though to his credit he now has a better strike rate than Rom over the last 13 games. Doesn't say much for Rom does it? New striker has to be a top priority and there's not long left to get it sorted.
64 Posted 24/08/2016 at 06:37:29
Hopefully RK agrees and uses him accordingly. One of the few who did his reputation no long term harm last season once he was given his opportunity.
65 Posted 24/08/2016 at 08:04:10
66 Posted 24/08/2016 at 08:35:40
I thought as well that we looked a lot more dangerous from set pieces last night, Ross putting in some decent free kicks and corners.
67 Posted 24/08/2016 at 09:06:15
68 Posted 24/08/2016 at 09:07:33
Set up a number of chances and building his fitness ...
Like the piece early on where he pressed got the ball and went on a run put two of their defenders on their rears and laid gilt edge chance on for Rom
Ross will prosper under RK fitness, press and go for jugular approach. COYB's
69 Posted 24/08/2016 at 09:09:04
Hope he kicks on and gets some pre-injury Wigan form back for us.
Rom needs to sort himself out and find the onion bag quickly!
Only minor niggle last night was that a few more of the younger players never got a start or even on the bench, but that's just me.
You can't really fault Ronnie to be fair, he ain't really put a foot wrong and he obviously sees the EFL Cup as a great chance of us winning something (fingers crossed he can change our history in this bleeding competition!)
70 Posted 24/08/2016 at 09:16:28
71 Posted 24/08/2016 at 09:27:53
At his current goalscoring rate, he will bag THREE this season. Not bad for a world class £75 million striker is it?
Btw, Rondon is a beast of a player and imho will be plying his trade at a top club in the near future. I'd take him over the human pin ball machine in a heartbeat.
72 Posted 24/08/2016 at 09:59:54
I'm not criticising Rondon as I agree he's a decent player but as a striker I don't think his record compares with that of Lukaku and therefore don't think I or any other "supporter" of Lukaku can correctly be described as an apologist.
73 Posted 24/08/2016 at 10:25:30
74 Posted 24/08/2016 at 10:32:44
Give it a rest will you, we all know your point of view. The further introduction of the 'apologists' word in this contexts makes you look ridiculous the word is divisive, patronising and insulting and is a TW disease. Resorting to ad hominem attacks is generally a poor decision and shows desperation in the argument I've no idea why this applies in your posts but it certainly seems to.
Lukaku's finishing was desperately poor last night and he is going through a bad spell as all strikers tend to - and it is a long and really bad spell too, agreed. We can all see that, just as well as we all know what he is NOT good at as a striker. I don't have a problem with you pointing those things out (though it's been done to death and anyone can see them). The problem I do have is when you dismiss his record to date, or start a qualitative analysis of the goals (as in stating "He only scored against so and so" as you did recently).
Koeman is the manager and in my opinion understands a great deal about football, unlike the last last idiot we had. He's doing OK so far, and right now I trust him to make the right calls over any player, however tough.
75 Posted 24/08/2016 at 10:33:51
Which is pretty much what you said, but without the attempt to label a section of ToffeeWebbers as 'apologists'.
76 Posted 24/08/2016 at 10:49:06
77 Posted 24/08/2016 at 10:49:18
I and others come on here and point the obvious out and are attacked immediately, apologists may be the wrong word to use but believe me I've been called a lot worse on here by some for my views on this subject.
78 Posted 24/08/2016 at 11:12:00
And that pretty much goes for all the players and the manager. Until then, let's just get behind the team; we're heading in the right direction but it's going to take time.
79 Posted 24/08/2016 at 11:15:18
You're wrong, you're expressing the same opinion as everyone else!
Do you really believe that ToffeeWeb is full of posts completely ignoring his "form, lack of goalscoring, heading ability, poor touch, hold up play, attitude, the list goes on and on."???
Based on that statement alone you must see that anyone who reads this site would give you zero credibility?
80 Posted 24/08/2016 at 11:21:52
81 Posted 24/08/2016 at 11:33:45
However, I think I will take the same tack as you and see how things pan out this season mainly due to the fact that Koeman described him in the post Match interview as a "quality player".
One thing is for sure though he will have to start scoring shortly because that (stating the obvious) is what is expected of a striker especially when the striker is being provided with regular opportunities by his team mates.
Now that it has been established he is staying, I hope he does find some form and starts banging them in because, if he doesn't, Koeman will drop him and I think that would be bad for all concerned.
82 Posted 24/08/2016 at 11:45:47
83 Posted 24/08/2016 at 11:58:16
These aren't excuses, these are facts. Whether you like the way he has behaved or not, like what his agent/father have said or not, he remains an Everton player and we need him firing and soon. We should all get behind him and cheer him on. I'm confident he will have another 20 goals by the season end.
84 Posted 24/08/2016 at 11:59:27
As for his lack of goals of late I think we have to judge him under RKs tutelage. You can be certain that if the lack of goals continue he will come under pressure from the press as well as RK.
85 Posted 24/08/2016 at 12:04:42
86 Posted 24/08/2016 at 12:05:20
87 Posted 24/08/2016 at 12:10:12
As for Rom, well yeah he had a poor game in front of goal but anyone who thinks he is/will be getting a free pass from Koeman obviously hasn't been taking note of how Koeman does things. For the record Rom will come good, he's too good not to and I also think RK will improve his all round game by making sure he defends from the front, anybody at the game last night will have noticed that he was chasing after defenders and also running back onside when the ball was cleared from Yoevils area.
The big talking point for me is the urgency to get in a proper playmaker. At times we looked a bit one dimensional in the 2nd half. We need someone just to see a pass amid a packed penalty area. Aside from that, I was pleased overall as we generally have a habit of making hard work of these games. Roll on the next round
88 Posted 24/08/2016 at 12:14:05
He must be the ultrasoundest man alive.
(here all week)
89 Posted 24/08/2016 at 13:59:43
I'll still never get my head around Jelavic. He went from deadly to unlucky to poor to just absolutely pitiful. And he did it with compete support behind him.
I don't think it will happen to Rom (for one, the boy doesn't lack confidence) but he'd want to find his form soon.
90 Posted 24/08/2016 at 14:30:59
And stats DO lie as they don't show how many great chances are missed and he has had numerous fall into this catergory.
91 Posted 24/08/2016 at 14:55:33
92 Posted 24/08/2016 at 15:00:55
He gave up last year towards the end. But I think he will be amazing this season.
The big difference between last season & this season, is that the goal scoring isn't all up to him.
So even if he has a shit game, we still have the possibility of getting goals through Ross, Deulofeu, Mirallas, Bolasie, etc.
The positive I take from him being so bad with his finishing in last nights game - is that at least he is getting into those goal scoring situations, he is creating... The finishing is just a bit off at the moment.
Koeman is going to make him work hard & he'll learn a lot.
I just hope he stops throwing his arms up all the time... Really pisses me off!
93 Posted 24/08/2016 at 15:15:15
94 Posted 24/08/2016 at 15:28:29
Fernando Torres basically peaked during his first season with the RS and went downhill from there at a fairly young age and has never really recovered the form that made him one of the most feared strikers in Europe .
I certainly hope this is not the case with Rom and we have missed the chance to offload him for some serious money !!
95 Posted 24/08/2016 at 16:09:40
96 Posted 24/08/2016 at 16:48:36
97 Posted 24/08/2016 at 16:52:33
99 Posted 24/08/2016 at 18:43:29
100 Posted 24/08/2016 at 20:03:42
Spot on ...
Rom needs game tine - that is why he left him on 90 mins.
Come November he will be in full cry!
Took Barks off early - so RK is liking what he sees with him - still more fitness and pressing and urgency to make him click.
Bolasie needs more game time - 30 min cameo's is where it is at with him until he is 90 min fit.
If we can manufacture a couple more results then we will be in good shape end of September.
101 Posted 24/08/2016 at 22:19:58
103 Posted 25/08/2016 at 20:30:22
After the 2 wonder goals scored by you know who on Tuesday, it is clear that "every dog (or coyote) has his day".
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