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  • 4 January 2014
  • • 15:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 32283
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  • That's it from me at Goodison Park! I'm Alex Moretto and I'd like to thank you all for following along today! Good bye.
  • Roberto Martinez will like his chances to repeat last season's FA Cup success, with an even better Everton side, and give the Toffees their first major trophy since 1995.
  • FULL-TIME EVERTON 4-0 QPR. A dazzling performance put in by Everton, who dominated all facets of this match from start to finish. QPR were dreadful, appearing to throw in the towel after falling behind 1-0. Incredible performance turned in by Everton, who could have had double the amount of goals if not for the play of Julio Cesar, who was forced to withstand over 40 shots by the Toffees.
  • 90' + 2'
    The ball is thrown in and as it rolls to Joey Barton, Howard Webb puts an end to QPR's nightmare as he blows the full-time whistle.
  • 90' + 1'
    Everton still threatening in the waning moments, as Osman picks out Mirrallas but he can't run down the ball and it's out for a QPR throw.
  • 90'
    The fourth official has indicated two minutes of added time. We'll see if QPR can win back possession in that time. I won't be holding my breath.
  • 89'
    Substitution Ross Barkley Kevin Mirallas
    A final substitution now for Everton as Ross Barkley gives way to Kevin Mirrallas.
  • 87'
    The game has reached a lull now, as both teams seem content on playing out the last few minutes. It's hard to envision Howard Webb letting this one run any longer than it needs to.
  • 85'
    Uncharacteristic of Everton today. Alcaraz turns it over and Joey Barton is allowed to walk in on goal, but it sums up QPR's day as Barton's lazy effort goes wide of the target.
  • 83'
    Substitution Gareth Barry John Heitinga
  • 82'
    Substitution Seamus Coleman Tony Hibbert
  • 82'
    Johnny Heitinga, who is rumored to be on his way out of Everton, is also brought on in place of Gareth Barry.
  • 82'
    Seamus Coleman exits the match to a roar of support from both sets of fans. Incredible performance put in by him - fans have come to expect nothing less.
  • 80'
    Incredibly, Everton have 38 attempts on goal as we enter the final ten minutes at Goodison Park.
  • 78'
    JELAVIC CAN'T BUT A HAT-TRICK!! Another great move from Everton, and Clint Hill makes a goal line clearance, then Jelavic tries to knock in the rebound and it's Hill again clearing it off the line! Fantastic defending from the 35-year-old who shows plenty of pride in playing this one out.
  • 76'
    Substitution Charlie Austin Yossi Benayoun
  • 76'
    Goal Seamus Coleman
    GOAAAAAAAAAAAL!! It's outstanding from Seamus Coleman! Spectacular! He lets fly from twenty yards out and his side footed shot remarkably beats Cesar and gives Everton a 4-0 lead! Incredible stuff from Coleman.
  • 73'
    IT'S OFF THE BAR!! Jelavic far too cheeky, goes for the chip instead of putting his foot through it, and chips it against the crossbar. No hat-trick yet for Jelavic.
  • 72'
    PENALTY TO EVERTON! Jelavic goes streaking into the box and he's taken down. No doubts about it as Howard Webb awards the Toffees a penalty. Jelavic will surely take it with the chance to complete his hat-trick....
  • 71'
    The free kick doesn't result in a shot on target, but it's behind for a corner and Everton elect to keep possession.
  • 70'
    Free kick won by Everton from a few yards outside the box, and the crowd screaming for Jelavic to take it. He's on a hat-trick in his 50th start with the club.
  • 68'
    Goal Nikica Jelavic
    JELAVIC GETS A BRACE!! Everton lull QPR to sleep with their passing, then attack, and Oviedo, who has been a revelation for the Toffees this season, provides a delightful ball in to Jelavic who slots home to effectively put this game to bed.
  • 67'
    Slowly but surely the game is starting to fizz out as Everton pass it around and defend this 2-0 lead. QPR haven't showed any signs of making a late push, and it would appear as if the Toffees could get away with passing it around for the last 20 minutes, with little pressure from QPR.
  • 65'
    Alcaraz, McCarthy and Oviedo form a nice triangle and play keep away from QPR, which elicits a loud roar from the Goodison Park fans.
  • 64'
    Signs of life from QPR as Simpson provides a good ball forward, but Charlie Austin just doesn't have the legs to get to it.
  • 62'
    Clever from Barkley. He weaves his way into the box and almost gets the perfect pass over to Naismith, but it's well defended and QPR manage to clear.
  • 60'
    QPR finally push forward, for the first time this half, but nothing at all comes from it as some good defending from John Stones wins Everton a goal kick.
  • 58'
    Substitution Karl Henry Andy Johnson
  • 58'
    QPR make a substitution of their own, as former Everton striker Andy Johnson is brought on for midfielder Karl Henry who has had a real shocker today for the Hoops.
  • 57'
    INCREDIBLE SAVE JULIO CESAR!! Seamus Coleman looked to have the third goal for Everton, but the Brazilian keeper stretches out to make a magnificent fingertip save!
  • 56'
    That's been the story in the first ten minutes of this second half - the game being played in QPR's end, but only mediocre chances to speak of.
  • 55'
    Fantastic build-up from Everton! Nearly everyone played a part in that, but it only results in a half chance as Coleman's cross evades everyone, with Jelavic eventually getting a weak shot off.
  • 53'
    QPR midfielders walking around the pitch at the moment, giving very little effort to speak of. Players beginning to turn on each other after yet another Karl Henry giveaway.
  • 52'
    Naismith and Barry linking up now after another QPR giveaway, but Naismith's heavy touch guides the ball out of play.
  • 51'
    Everton keeping possession well, and will be content on passing it around with a two-goal cushion. QPR need to show more urgency, they've laid down without much fight to this point.
  • 49'
    Oviedo has been brilliant for Everton in the last couple months. He's making the most of his opportunities, showing his skill again with a great ball into the box that makes for some worrying moments for the QPR defence.
  • 48'
    BARKLEY WITH A CHANCE! The second half starts just as the first ended. Kranjcar with a horrible giveaway allowing Barkley to break, but he goes for goal instead of passing it off and it 's out safely for a goal kick.
  • 46'
    And the second half is underway at Goodison Park! One half-time substitution to talk about, as Armand Traore comes off in place of attacking midfielder Niko Kranjcar. QPR going to at least try and get back into this match.
  • Games across the country approaching the 60th minute, but a late kick-off at Goodison Park means we're still yet to get underway with the second half. Just moments away now...
  • The players are making their way back out onto the pitch - Everton in their classic royal blue shirts, and QPR in their red and black stripes.
  • QPR have a number of attacking options on the bench, but is it too late for them to get back into this game?
  • STAT ATTACK: QPR were eliminated from the FA Cup in the fourth round last year, falling 4-2 at home to MK Dons, managing just one victory in the competition - a third round replay win over West Brom
  • Just before the break we saw striker Andy Johnson warming up for QPR! He spent two seasons with Everton from 2006-2008, scoring 17 goals in 61 appearances.
  • HALF-TIME EVERTON 2-0 QPR. The hosts put in a dominating performance in the opening 45 minutes, and after being frustrated for much of the first half, they found their breakthrough. Ross Barkley and Nikica Jelavic have provided the hosts with one leg into the next round. QPR will have to take some chances if they hope to get back in this game.
  • 45'
    Substitution Armand Traoré Niko Kranjcar
  • 45'
    Everton continue to dominate possession as the half-time whistle blows. Delight for Everton fans, as the teams leave the pitch to a roar from the home fans!
  • 44'
    Goal Nikica Jelavic
    GOAAAAAAAAAL! Karl Henry with a shocking giveaway right to Nikica Jelavic who gets off a fantastic strike from 25 yards out that beats Julio Cesar! Relief for Goodison Park, who breathe out a sigh of relief for the Croatian striker!
  • 37'
    The game hasn't changed a bit with that opening goal. Redknapp will likely look to get the Hoops into half before he opens up a bit. Should make for an entertaining last 45!
  • 34'
    Goal Ross Barkley
    GOAAAAAAAAL! Patient build-up from Everton, Oviedo does brilliantly to pick out Ross Barkley who cuts in from the left and slots home confidently with his right foot! Toffees take the 1-0 lead!
  • 34'
    QPR push forward with an attack of their own, as Traore wins them a corner. They're struggling to threaten the Everton goal, playing with just one striker up top.
  • 32'
    HOW DID THAT STAY OUT?! Barkley with a great shot, turned aside by Cesar, and Osman has an empty net on the rebound but he puts it over the bar! Everton can't buy a goal at the moment!
  • 30'
    VITAL INTERVENTION! Coleman picks out Jelavic, but Onuaha clears right to the waiting Gareth Barry but his shot is blocked by O'Neil who probably just saved a goal!
  • 28'
    INCREDIBLE SAVE FROM CESAR!! Great ball from Leon Osman into Coleman, who gets two shots off, both of which are turned aside by the Brazilian keeper and out for a corner! Everton are inching ever closer to the opener here.
  • 26'
    O'NEIL SO CLOSE TO THE OPENER! The cross comes in right at O'Neill who fails to get a touch on it! He really should have scored there, but it runs all the way out for a throw. Better from QPR, however.
  • 22'
    More good possession from Everton. Coleman is picked out on the right and his low cross finds Barry, but his shot is weak and rolls into the waiting arms of Julio Cesar
  • 21'
    Everton unable to breakthrough, as QPR seem content on clogging the midfield. A giveaway leads to a Gareth Barry foul on Joey Barton and possession is back with QPR.
  • 19'
    McCarthy now provides a wonderful ball into the box for Leon Osman, but his touch fails him and he's unable to get a shot off!
  • 18'
    QPR enjoy some possession of their own, but Traore is turned aside wonderfully by the youngster John Stones and starts the attack back the other way.
  • 16'
    Goals everywhere in today's FA Cup action, but still scoreless at Goodison Park despite the best efforts of the Toffees.
  • 15'
    Leon Osman picks up the ball and dishes it off for Barkley who does well to get into a shooting position, but it's collected by Cesar. Good movement from Everton.
  • 13'
    Sorry about the delay everyone! We were having some technical issues but I'm back and here to stay! Still scoreless at Goodison Park.
  • STAT ATTACK: En route to their eventual 1-0 win over Manchester City in last year's FA Cup Final, Roberto Martinez's Wigan team defeated Everton 3-0 in the quarter-finals at Goodison Park.
  • The most interesting match-up today may be that of the two managers, both of whom have won an FA Cup title in the last six years – Harry Redknapp with Portsmouth in 2008 and Roberto Martinez with Wigan in 2013.
  • QPR XI: Julio Cesar; Danny Simpson, Clint Hill, Nedum Onuoha, Armand Traore, Benoit Assou-Ekotto; Karl Henry, Joey Barton, Gary O'Neil, Matt Phillips; Charlie Austin. SUBS: Johnson, Murphy, Zamora, Kranjcar, Onyewu, Dunne, Benayoun.
  • EVERTON XI: Joel Robles; John Stones, Antonin Alcaraz, Gareth Barry, Bryan Oviedo; Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Steven Naismith; Ross Barkley; Nikica Jelavic. SUBS: Vellios, Heitinga, Mirallas, Lukaku, Pienaar, Hibbert, Howard
  • The teams have been announced, so let's have ourselves a look at today's starting line-ups:
  • After 24 games, QPR sit a respectable third place in the Championship with 46 points, but will be hoping to move into the top two by season's end and earn automatic promotion to England's top flight just one year after being relegated.
  • QPR on the other hand may be coming into this game with their focus elsewhere. Harry Redknapp will undoubtedly have his sights set on bringing the Hoops back to the Premier League, and while a cup run would be a welcome sight to owner Tony Fernandes, they are in slightly over their heads as the club continue to search for their first ever FA Cup conquest.
  • Everton have won five FA Cup titles in their history, and with arguably their best team in recent memory, they will be hoping to make it a sixth in 2014. The club crashed out of the competition in the quarter-finals a year ago, but will likely be more confident in their chances this time around.
  • Roberto Martinez begins his FA Cup championship defense, this time with Everton, after leading Wigan to glory last season. The Toffees haven't won a major trophy since their last FA Cup title in 1995, and the Spaniard will be hoping to change that after getting a taste of victory a short year ago. Everton have enjoyed a superb start to their campaign, with just two league losses, the fewest in the top flight after 20 games.
  • Good afternoon footy fans around the world, and welcome to today's tasty FA Cup fixture as Queens Park Rangers travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton. I'm Alex Moretto and I'll be your in-game host, guiding you through the match LIVE as it happens!