Date:Wednesday September 25 2013
Tuesday, September 24
Everton have been knocked out in the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night. Fulham came from behind courtesy of goals from Berbatov and Bent as they cancelled out Naismith's early goal. It was yet another disappointing League Cup result for Everton as they have now only reached the 4th round once in the past 26yrs.
Martinez rolled the dice in this game electing to rest several first team players including Baines, Barkley, Howard and Mirallas. In total Martinez made 7 changes to the side that defeated West Ham on the weekend. For Fulham, it was a different story, Jol elected to name a strong first XI with the likes of Berbatov and Taarabt restored to the starting line up.
Everton started very brightly and had the first chance on goal when Lukaku managed to turn his defender and slip through Steven Naismith, however the Scot could only strike it straight at Stockdale. The Fulham defence did not heed the early warning and a couple of minutes later Everton found themselves ahead when the tricky Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu navigated past a couple of Fulham players and slipped in Naismith who made no mistake with the finish.
Everton continued to pester the Fulham goal with Deulofeu posing the major threat for the Everton attack, however, they failed to really test Stockdale further. As the half progressed Fulham began to come into the game courtesy of some long attempts from QPR loanee Adel Taarabt, but he failed to test Robles in goal. Everton went into half time leading 1-0.
After half time the tables were turned as Everton failed to show up for the 2nd half and Fulham took full advantage and after 54mins found themselves level courtesy of Dimitar Berbatov. After a sloppy pass from the back, the Everton defence were at 6's and 7's and after a Coleman tackle, the ball bounced to Berbatov who had a bit of space in the box and slotted calmly into the bottom left corner to level the tie.
After the equaliser, Fulham were the ones who were looking most likely to grab the winner and it came in the 68th minute courtesy of Darren Bent. After Gibson committed a foul on Karagounis outside the box, the Everton defence fell asleep as Bent was played through in the box and managed to put the ball in-between Robles' legs as Fulham took the lead.
After taking the lead, Fulham tended to sit back as Everton pushed in search for a equaliser and they should of had one 2mins from time when right back Seamus Coleman missed an absolute sitter. After some neat work on the right, Mirallas was threaded through on the right channel, the Belgian then drilled a low cross across the box which Coleman managed to run onto and with the goal gaping could only hit the goalkeeper.
With that golden chance spurned, Everton rarely threatened the Fulham keeper as the final whistle went and signalled yet another disappointing end to a cup run for Everton, something that has become all too familiar in the League Cup. The loss was also the first competitive loss for Martinez in charge of Everton. Everton will be hoping they can bounce back and keep their unbeaten run in the League alive as they host Newcastle next Monday night.
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Date:Wednesday September 25 2013
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