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Tuesday 08 January 2013

FA Cup: Moyes happy as Everton progress

Toffees too strong for Cheltenham as they record comfortable third-round victory

Nikica Jelavic celebrates scoring the first goal for Everton in the victory over Cheltenham

Scroll down for the FA Cup fourth round draw

Everton manager David Moyes was satisfied with a job well done after watching his side progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 5-1 victory over Cheltenham.

The Toffees went 2-0 ahead thanks to Nikica Jelavic's tap in and a penalty from Leighton Baines after Alan Bennett was adjudged to have climbed over Marouane Fellaini in the area.

Leon Osman fired in a third just after half-time but Cheltenham gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Russell Penn finished from close range.

"Leighton's got a bad ankle problem which I need to watch and be careful with"
David Moyes

However, Everton took control of the tie again when Seamus Coleman latched onto Victor Anichebe's pass before chipping the ball over the goalkeeper. Anichebe was the provider again for the final goal of the night as he set up Fellaini.

"It was a tough game for us at the start, it was what you would expect from an FA Cup tie but it was a good job well done," Everton boss David Moyes told the club's official website.

"They always had a chance, even when they got back to 3-1 they had a half sniff of one and if they make it 3-2 the game can suddenly swing. To be fair we scored some good goals and we played well enough to win the game."

Moyes said afterwards that he will monitor the fitness of Baines ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against Swansea City.

The 28-year-old started the Cheltenham tie despite carrying an ankle injury and was replaced just after half-time.

"Leighton's got a bad ankle problem which I need to watch and be careful with," explained Moyes. "I felt we needed him against Cheltenham because we had to respect the players at this level."

FA Cup fourth round draw

(ties to be played on the weekend of 26/27 January)

Norwich City v Luton Town
Oldham Athletic v Liverpool
Macclesfield Town v Wigan Athletic/Bournemouth
Derby County v Blackburn Rovers
Hull City/Leyton Orient v Barnsley
Middlesbrough v Aldershot Town
Millwall v Aston Villa
Leeds United/Birmingham City v Tottenham Hotspur
Brighton & Hove Albion v Swansea City/Arsenal
Crystal Palace/Stoke City v Manchester City
West Ham United/Manchester United v Fulham/Blackpool
Southend United/Brentford v Chelsea
Reading v Sheffield United
Huddersfield Town v Leicester City
Queens Park Rangers/West Bromwich Albion v Sheffield Wednesday/MK Dons
Bolton Wanderers/Sunderland v Everton

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Key Points

  • Everton through to FA Cup fourth round after victory over Cheltenham
  • Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini on scoresheet in 5-1 win
  • Everton now take on Bolton or Sunderland in next round
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