Ian Holloway piled the praise onto the Merseysiders after their convincing victory over Blackpool, with goals from Drenthe and Stracqualursi sealing their place in the next round.
The Toffees started the game fantastically with a goal inside 50 seconds from Royston Drenthe followed by a second in the seventh minute from Denis Stracqualursi which effectively ended the tie. Everton boss David Moyes was delighted to begin the game so well.
“It was great to get an early start, it settled everything down a bit,” he told reporters. “It’s always our intention to score as soon as we can in any game, that doesn’t change.”
Moyes’ side dominated possession in the first half and could have had four or five before the break as the exciting Drenthe and Magaye Gueye provided a constant threat to the Blackpool defense. They were ably assisted by Stracqualursi who led the line fantastically, but it was Drenthe who came in for praise from the Scot.
“I thought he [Drenthe] played well today,” he added. “He had one of his better games today, his play was very good, he finished a great move and he was involved in some good play. I think he’s learning and adapting, there’s another side to the game over here which is you’ve got to do the work on the defensive side and he’s getting better.
“You want him on the ball as often as you can and hope he creates or scores a goal. That’s why we got him.”
It was a complete performance from Everton, and the midfield looked in complete control in what could have been a tricky cup tie. But Moyes admitted he never felt comfortable with the score at 2-0 given the threat posed by the Seasiders.
“I think when you play Blackpool you’re never in control,” he said. “They’ve scored more goals than anybody in the last five minutes of games and our keeper made a brilliant save and they missed a penalty kick so they had opportunities.
“But really if that had happened you’d have felt we were missing out given the number of chances we had to put the game to bed.”
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was at a loss to explain the start his side made to the game.
“I can’t believe the start we had,” Holloway admitted. “It was such a fundamental error to let their center half have it and you think you’re solid, we drew our full back out they played it in behind him.
“It’s a schoolboy error really, but such is life.”
The Seasiders managed to get in to halftime with the score only 2-0 when it could have been much worse. They improved after the break but were unable to get themselves a foot in the game and Holloway admitted it wasn’t the kind of performance he was expecting from his side.
“I wanted us to give a good show of what we’ve been doing and to be fair we’ve been beaten by a better team today,” he admitted. “We came back into it late on, but Dave’s got a great team here. We didn’t understand the game, we should be going forward and we did in the second half but nowhere near where we needed.”
Everton takes its place in the quarterfinals with the fans dreaming of a trip to Wembley, but Moyes urged for calm although he did admit a final appearance is something he wants for his side.
“You never know,” he said. “You’ve got to see what comes along but we’re desperately trying to get to the final and win the final. Everybody else is saying the same, for us we’re doing everything we can to try and get there.”
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