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Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool
League Cup
 Wednesday 29 August 2012; 7:45pm
5 0
 L. Orient
Mirallas 16', 29'
Osman 22', Anichebe 39'
Gueye 67'
Half Time: 4 - 0
Attendance: 24,124
Round 2
Referee: East

Match Summary

Leighton Baines took a heavy knock in the early stages but looked to play through it as Everton attacked the Park End. Magaye Gueye had an early opportunity but struck his shot wide. Everton won their first corner off a great cross from Magaye Gueye with Anichebe's header being deflected behind.

Naismith worked a great ball in to Anicehbe and his strike was going in, but pushed away by Jones. Naismith then laid on a brilliant ball in for Mirallas who had a lot to do to beat Jones but that's just what he did, taking his first goal for Everton very well indeed.

Gueye then had a great chance off an excellent cross from Jagielka but his shot was deflected behind for a corner when it could easily have been the second goal. That came soon enough when Leon Osman poked home a ball in from Leighton Baines that was flicked on by Mirallas and set up nicely for the Everton midfielder.

Coleman and Naismith were attacking with relish and there should have been more goals as a result, with good shots from Naismith and Mirallas before he drove another one in right-footed, a low shot to give the new Belgian star his second goal of the night, on a ball from Naismith after good play by Osman.

Baines then came close, driving in from 25 yards and forcing a good save from Jones. And before the break, Victor Anichebe made it 4-0 with an excellent strike teed up for him on a return ball from Mirallas, the Nigerian driving the ball under hapless ex-Blue keeper Jones.

Coleman did a nice nutmeg and picked out Anichebe who's shot pinballed around and was finally cleared as the Orient managed to prevent Everton going in with five at the break.

David Moyes made three changes at the break, with Baines, Jagielka and Osman coming off, to be replaced by Shane Duffy, Ross Barkley & Luke Garbutt. Barkley had a shot from the edge of the area but it was always rising.

Coleman did well and Mirallas was shaping for the volley but the ball was taken off his toe and it was Barkley who's strike was blocked.

Barkley, trying to be too clever in the midfield allowed Leyton Orient to get in a shot that was deflected just wide of Mucha's post. At the other end, Coleman again driving the blues forward, won a corner. Barkley tried to pick out Mirallas for his hat-trick but it didn't come off. But good buildup play by Naismith and Coleman again finally saw an end-produce with Magaye Gueye lashing home the fifth goal of the night.

Neville pulled up with a tight hamstring or calf injury, and he hobbled off, leaving Everton to battle out the last 15 mins with only 10 men, having used all three subs at half-time. A good break, with a run from Mirallas, but Anichebe wanted the glory and he missed the chance. Then a great set-up from Coleman, following a superb pass from Mirallas, who was there for his hat-trick but mishit it into the ground.

Anichebe tried to go for glory in the 1 minute if added time but eh final score was 5-0, the first game to qualify as a Big Win for 18 months!

In the end, it was as comfortable for the Blues as the scoreline suggests. The great start to the season continues...

Michael Kenrick


Match Preview

Everton's first cup foray comes less than 10 days after they kicked off the new Premier League season with that adrenaline-fueled victory over Manchester United in the form of a home tie — a club-record 10th successive home tie in both the League and FA Cups — against Leyton Orient.

The Blues are the highest-seeded team in the second round stage of the newly-renamed Capital One Cup and will be hoping to make swift work of the League One side.

While David Moyes will not underestimate the potential for a cup upset, he will almost certainly make changes from the players that started against United and Aston Villa in the opening two League games as he shuffles his small squad.

New signing, Kevin Mirallas, is almost guaranteed to make his full debut in front of the Goodison faithful after his 20-minute cameo at Villa Park, and there may be opportunities at some stage for the likes of Ross, Barkley, Francisco Junior, Shane Duffy, Apostolos Vellios and Victor Anichebe to stake a first-team claim in what is now a more competitive first-team environment.

John Heitinga could also make his first start of the campaign, having started both of Everton's prior games on the substitute's bench, and Moyes has deployed second-choice goalkeeper Jan Mucha in the early rounds of this competition in the past, albeit to his cost against Chelsea last season.

These two clubs last met in cup competition in January 2002 in the 4th Round of the FA Cup when Duncan Ferguson and Kevin Campbell were banging in the goals and Paul Gascoigne gave what was by then a rare glimpse of his genius by bossing the game from start to finish.

The Blues ran out 4-1 winners and they'll be hoping for a similarly comfortable run-out this time around.

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EVERTON (4-5-1)
  Jagielka (46' Garbutt)
  Baines (46' Duffy)
  Osman (46' Barkley)
  Subs not used
  Hibbert (injured)
  McAleny (injured)
L. ORIENT (4-4-2)
  Griffith (56' Rowlands)
  Odubajo (74' Cook)
  James (47' McSweeney)
  Subs not used


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