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Blues must wait for Cup TV Challenge


Hereford and Cheltenham played out a 1-1 draw in their FA Cup 2nd Round tie this evening meaning that Everton must await the outcome of a replay between the two sides before they'll know who they'll face in the Third Round next month.

That replay will be played at Edgar Street on Tuesday 11th December.

Everton's game with either Cheltenham or Hereford has been picked for live broadcast by ESPN for Monday 7 January 2013.

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Paul Turner
526 Posted 04/12/2012 at 07:19:19
I made the short trip from Gloucester to the tie last night; I got a seat in the corner of the In2Print stand. I was advised at the turnstile to retain my ticket as "you'll need it to get a ticket for the Everton game". Result!

Cheltenham have a tricky right winger, Jermaine McGlashan, whose darting run and low cross set up the opening goal, and Hereford, in Harry Pell, have their own Fellaini-lite – tall, strong and commanding in midfield, though rather less hirsute. Otherwise, no other players really stood out, though Hereford's No 22 (another quick right winger) did well before he was subbed.

Hereford did their fans proud by getting the draw, Cheltenham fans were disappointed not to have beaten their local rivals, but the result was about right – neither team really got a grip of the game, which became rather disjointed as time wore on. Cheltenham seem to want to play the ball more, while Hereford – although capable of neat passing at times – tended towards the long, high clearance.

If I were on Everton's coaching staff, I wouldn't be unduly worried whichever team wins the replay; we have the players and fitness levels to progress to the next round, hopefully in some style.

Hereford are in dire straits financially, so the football romantic in me wants to see them get a big payday against us. I guess TV would be more keen to show that tie than Cheltenham v Everton, what with the Edgar St history (Ronnie Radford...) and the back story. Though I'd love to see our boys at Whaddon Road (aka the Abbey Business Stadium).

To quote Ken B (and thanks for all your reports Ken): COYB

Minik Hansen
546 Posted 04/12/2012 at 12:25:45
Nice one, Paul Turner. Thank you very much.

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