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FA Cup

  • February 16, 2014
  • • 21:30
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 31498

Everton 3-1 Swansea City: Traore strikes on debut as Toffees ease through

Everton 3-1 Swansea City: Traore strikes on debut as Toffees ease through

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After Jonathan de Guzman had quickly cancelled out the Monaco loanee's opener, second-half goals from Steven Naismith and Leighton Baines secured the Toffees' passage

January signing Lacina Traore netted just four minutes into his Everton debut to help the Toffees record a comfortable 3-1 victory over Swansea City and progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The hosts raced into an early lead, as Sylvain Distin kept a set-piece alive and squared for the towering Monaco loanee, who coolly backheeled the ball into the back of the net from close range.

Swansea hit back almost immediately, with skipper for the day Neil Taylor whipping in a pin-point cross that was powered beyond Joel Robles by Jonathan de Guzman.

In an error-strewn match it was perhaps inevitable that a mistake would produced the next goal, as Taylor's backpass to Gerhard Tremmel was intercepted by Steven Naismith, who calmly slid the ball beneath the stranded German keeper.

Naismith then had a hand in the Toffees' third goal, tripped by Ashley Richards inside the box, and Leighton Baines duly stepped up to bury the penalty and book Everton's passage to the sixth round.

By Tom Maston
This was by no means a vintage Everton performance, with errors littered throughout, but they were the better of two disappointing sides and, in the end, deserved to go through to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Steven Naismith provided the attacking impetus they needed after coming off the bench, and though he had a woeful pass from Neil Taylor to thank for his goal, he was the key man in an otherwise poor Toffees showing.

Swansea paid for the number of changes Garry Monk made and must now concentrate on downing the mighty Napoli on Thursday.
Swansea came into the match knowing that, to reach the last eight for the first time since 1964, they would need to beat Everton for the first time in their history and score a first goal at Goodison since 1983.
However, head coach Garry Monk’s team selection suggested he had one eye on Thursday’s Europa League clash with Napoli, while opposite number Martinez named a near full-strength side, handing a debut to Traore.
Despite the weakened starting XI, Swansea went close to breaking the deadlock early on as Pablo Hernandez played a wonderful through-ball into the path of Alvaro Vazquez, but the striker failed to make the most of the opportunity.
And the visitors were punished moments later, when Traore - a towering presence in the Swansea penalty area - cleverly flicked home from close range after some good work by Distin.
But Swansea pulled level in the 15th minute, as De Guzman stormed into the box with a perfectly timed run to power home a header from Taylor's cross.
Steven Pienaar then hit the crossbar as Everton looked to regain the lead, before Tremmel saved well when Traore got his head to the rebound.
Kevin Mirallas almost curled home a 20-yard free kick five minutes from the interval, but the German goalkeeper was again on hand to punch clear with a diving save.
Everton started the second half brightly, and Ross Barkley pulled the trigger from the edge of the penalty area with an effort that stung the palms of Tremmel.
Then, after Pienaar had sent a powerful header wide of the left-hand upright, Naismith capitalised on Taylor's misplaced backpass to slot the ball underneath Tremmel and into the back of the net.
And Everton could feel sure of their place in the quarter-finals seven minutes later as Baines converted a penalty after Naismith had been felled by Richards.

The result keeps Martinez's hopes of retaining the FA Cup alive as he bids to become the first manager to win the competition in consecutive years with two different clubs after emerging victorious with Wigan last season.