Everton earn morale boosting victory
Everton survived a scare at home to League One Sheffield United to progress to the next round and avoid being another Premier League side to be dumped out of the Carling Cup. It was just the Toffees’ second competitive game of the season and the weekend’s defeat to QPR couldn’t have helped the club’s morale in difficult financial times.
Sheffield United had nothing to lose and it showed as they competed well with Everton for most of the opening half. Richard Cresswell shocked Goodison when he met Stephen Quinn’s low cross to fire the Blades into an unexpected lead on the half hour mark. The lead didn’t last long though as just minutes later, the big striker scored at the other end, past his own keeper. Victor Anichebe then put Everton into the lead for the first time after being set up by the highly impressive Ross Barkley. The home side weren’t finished there though as Mikel Arteta, playing in his first game of the season, doubled their lead just before the break.
Everton saw the second half through with ease as they progress to the 3rd round. Full time at Goodison Park, Everton 3-1 Sheffield United.
by Ryan Bailey, @ryanbaileysport
Everton: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Rodwell, Arteta, Fellaini, Barkley, Osman, Anichebe. Subs: Howard, Saha, Distin, Neville, Vellios, Baxter, Wallace.
Sheff Utd: Simonsen, Lowton, Maguire, Collins, Jean-Francois, Flynn, Williamson, Harriott, Doyle, Quinn, Cresswell. Subs: Long, Mendez-Laing, Bogdanovic, Slew, McAllister, Porter, Tonne.
Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham)