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Everton v Salford City Live Commentary, 16/09/2020

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3 - 0
EVE
SAL
M. Keane (8)
G. Sigurðsson (74)
M. Kean (87 pen)
Goodison Park

Commentary

Everton return to league action this weekend as they host West Brom, possibly with a few more players in Ancelotti's thoughts now. Salford get back to the grind too as they travel to Grimsby. Their next day in the sun surely won't be far off. That's all for now then. Goodbye! 
Everton's unbeaten run against fourth-tier opponents in the EFL Cup continues as they move on to face Fleetwood in the next round. Everton had 32 shots in the end so their victory was never really in doubt. Salford acquitted themselves well despite being new to this level.
Everton progress to the third round of the EFL Cup after comfortably seeing off Salford. Ancelotti's team eased up after going a goal ahead in the first half, giving Salford a sniff of an upset, but Sigurdsson saw off the potential revival before Kean's penalty made the win look easy in the end.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: EVERTON 3-0 SALFORD CITY
90' + 2' Gordon has one more try at scoring but fires over from distance. He won't get his goal today but he's still made an impression. Bernard gets a final save out of Hladky too with a shot from outside the box, and that's it!
90' + 1' Everton get to toy with Salford for three more minutes. It didn't always look like it would be that way though until Sigurdsson's goal.
89' Somehow Gordon still hasn't got his goal! Kean heads Kenny's cross from the right down and hits the post himself. Gordon smacks it towards goal and it comes back off the underside of the crossbar and out! This game's been pleasantly entertaining.
M. Kean
Penalty Goal
Everton
87' GOAL! 3-0 EVERTON! Kean hops on one foot and smashes the penalty kick into the top centre of the goal. Everton's win is more than assured now.
87' PENALTY FOR EVERTON! Andrade clumsily fouls Gordon in the penalty area. Salford haven't been able to handle the young winger. He's done his first team chances a world of good.
86' That was very nearly a wonder goal from Gordon! Gordon gets on the end of another Nkounkou pass , cuts inside onto his right foot and smashes a shot against the frame of the goal. Salford have run out of puff.
84' Sigurdsson almost grabs his second goal! The Icelander gives Hladky the eyes from the edge of the box and goes for the near post  He's not far off either as it grazes the upright and goes out for a goal-kick.
82' Salford's brief resistance looks to be over now. Everton are popping the ball around nicely.
80' Kenny tries his luck again from distance as Bernard passes back to him from inside the box. The right-back curls the ball over the crossbar on this occasion.
78' Hladky makes another outstanding stop! Kean's shot from the centre of the box is blocked and Walcott follows it up. Hladky dives to his right to tip Walcott's blast wide. Salford's goalkeeper has been impressive. He couldn't do anything for either of Everton's goals.
76' Kenny has a crack from outside the penalty area from Bernard's pass and fires wide. Everton have got their mojo back now, having survived that difficult spell to put the game to bed.
D. Gibson
O. Threlkeld
Salford City
74' Salford's right-back Threlkeld also goes off. He's had trouble down that flank. Gibson, formerly of Manchester United and Everton, comes on.
T. Elliott
B. Thomas-Asante
Salford City
74' Salford get to make the changes they wanted to now, probably too late. Elliott is on for Thomas-Asante.
A. Gordon
Assist
Everton
74' Gordon deserves the assist. His work with Nkounkou has caused Salford problems all game. Sigurdsson, meanwhile, has a goal and an assist now. He's been the calm influence Everton have needed here.
G. Sigurðsson
Goal
Everton
74' GOAL! 2-0 EVERTON! Sigurdsson scores his 100th goal in English football! Nkounkou plays in Gordon for the third time down the left and this time Gordon finds Sigurdsson who slots home!
73' Sigurdsson puts in a promising ball for Kean but Eastham manages to deal with it. Everton still have the quality to kill this game off if they can score soon.
72' Andrade has eyes only for goal but is nowhere near as he shoots from distance. Salford are about to bring another striker on in the form of former Millwall man Tom Elliott.
70' Nkounkou's latest cross is cleared by Turnbull and Thomas-Asante wins a free-kick. Salford make progress down the left and Touray hangs the ball up for Henderson in the box. Salford's target man steams in to get on the end of it but can only nod it wide.
68' Ancelotti's starting to look frustrated and is no doubt thinking about making a few more changes. Everton have gone off the boil since half-time, despite Gordon cutting inside to force a routine stop from Hladky.
B. Thomas-Asante
Yellow Card
Salford City
67' Thomas-Asante is booked for that challenge on Kenny. He smiles apologetically to the referee.
66' Thomas-Asante slides in on Kenny for a lost cause and promptly catches the full-back. There might be a card coming out here.
64' Salford get a free-kick near the centre circle as Digne fouls Henderson. Everton may live to regret missing those two big chances for Kean and Bernard. They get another half-chance though as Walcott just can't reach a cross from Nkounkou. Nkounkou's been great.
62' Gordon's unhappy as he takes a clip from behind from Towell. It's a foul but nothing more. Everton aren't having things all their own way now.
Bruno Andrade
J. Wilson
Salford City
61' Salford make a substitution. The quiet Wilson is replaced by Bruno Andrade, who actually scored against Everton for Lincoln City last season.
59' Thomas-Asante takes the ball on the turn and has an effort blocked by Kenny. Everton deal with the corner but Salford are starting to improve at just the right time.
J. Turnbull
Yellow Card
Salford City
58' Meanwhile Turnbull earns the first yellow card of the game for blocking Walcott's run. It's fair enough.
57' Now Salford are guilty of wasting a big chance! Wilson gets down the right and stands the ball up to Hunter at the far post. Hunter nods it down for Towell who can't keep his effort down. That's not the sort of finishing Salford need if they want to equalise here.
55' Another chance goes begging for Everton! Gordon races down the left and his cross is cut out by Turnbull. Bernard, Everton's best player here, goes for power and hits the side netting. That was whiskers wide.
53' Touray hands Everton their fifth corner of the game. It comes out to Nkounkou who fires high and wide. Everton seem a little complacent. If Salford can up their game you feel they have a chance of getting something here.
51' Wilson wins a free-kick as he's brought down by Digne but little comes of it. Everton are still in charge.
49' Kean hits the bar! Sigurdsson swings a delicious ball into the box for Kean. Kean peels off Eastham and heads it towards goal but his header cannons off the crossbar and out of play! The Italian's unlucky not to have scored there. He perhaps should have done.
47' Salford are playing with slightly more purpose now. Touray's cross from the left is cleared to Lowe who doesn't keep his shot low.
45' The second half gets underway. Neither side has made changes at half-time.
Everton had 72% possession and 14 shots to Salford's two in that first half. Both of Salford's shots came in the first 10 minutes and they've offered precious little since. Hladky has kept his team just about in the game though. Can Salford build on that in the second half?
It's all easy enough so far for Everton as they go in at the break with a one-goal lead over Salford. Keane gave the Toffees the lead early on from a corner and since then this game has had the feeling of a training exercise. Everton have been in control but Salford will want to threaten more in the second half.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: EVERTON 1-0 SALFORD CITY
45' + 1' Alexander looks flustered down on the touchline. Salford's boss will have to inspire his players at half-time. They've worked hard but haven't offered much going forward.
45' Davies feeds Nkounkou who again finds the run of Gordon. On this occasion Gordon elects to pass back and Everton retain possession. There'll be two added minutes in this first half.
44' Salford clear the corner and the game enters a bit of a lull as we're approaching half-time. Everton look very comfortable at the moment.
42' Hladky makes a fine save to keep Bernard out! Bernard's proving influential in the pocket behind Kean and he takes aim for the bottom right corner from outside the box. Hladky dives the right way. Everton have another corner.
40' Everton get a free-kick as Hunter commits handball in midfield. Sigurdsson fizzes the free-kick in and Touray, a Gambian international and a former Everton youth product, clears it.
39' Sigurdsson's corner finds Keane again but Keane can't get it on target this time. Salford have wised up to Keane's aerial threat and he is now under the close attention of Lowe.
38' Gordon darts inside from the left and tries to curl a shot into the far top corner. Turnbull rises high to get his head on it and it goes out for an Everton corner.
36' Salford's longest serving player Touray gets forward down the left and has his cross blocked by Kenny. Everton counter and Nkounkou rolls the ball into the path of Gordon. Eastham is alive to his cutback though and the chance is gone.
34' Lowe turns Bernard and is fouled for his efforts. Everton have lost a bit of momentum since Branthwaite went off injured.
33' Kean goes down rubbing his head after coming off the worse in an aerial challenge. The Italian gets checked over by a physio but he looks good to continue. 
31' Walcott dances through the Salford defence and decides to go it alone. The England international makes it into the box and blasts wide of the top right corner.
29' Salford enjoy a rare opportunity to work the ball forward. Thomas-Asante flicks the ball on for Henderson and Kenny puts it out for a Salford throw-in.
28' This time Sigurdsson's delivery causes no issue for Hladky. Salford's Czech goalkeeper, recently arrived from St. Mirren, claims it comfortably.
27' Davies pops the ball wide to Nkounkou whose cross is deflected behind by Threlkeld. It'll be another Everton corner. 
26' Kenny commits a smart foul on Hunter in midfield to prevent Salford getting forward on the break. The League Two side have struggled to create much in the past 10 minutes or so.
L. Digne
J. Branthwaite
Everton
24' Everton make that enforced substitution. Branthwaite makes way for Digne who'll play a makeshift role at centre-back.
22' Branthwaite is down with an injury. It looks like he jarred his leg by kicking the ball back to Virginia from Keane's pass. It's a shame for the 18-year-old who has been making appearances in Everton's senior team recently. His game is over.
21' Everton are clearly on top of this game. Salford send a long ball forward for Thomas-Asante to chase and Everton's goalscorer Keane calmly cuts it out.
19' Gordon's effort from midfield is blocked. Nkounkou holds the ball up, beats Threlkeld and fires it into the corridor of uncertainty. Hladky quickly smothers it. The French left-back Nkounkou has been threatening so far on his Everton debut.
17' Kean runs onto a Sigurdsson throughball down the left channel and scuffs his shot wide of goal. Up the other end, Henderson fires in a high cross but can't find the head of Wilson.
16' Salford can't get hold of the ball at the moment. Nkounkou looks to scoop it over Threlkeld's head and blasts a shot straight at Hladky at the near post. Salford scramble it clear. 
14' Everton almost make it 2-0! Walcott latches onto a direct ball from the back and lays off first-time for the arriving Davies. Davies takes a touch and drags his right-footed shot just wide of the left-hand post. Everton are looking fluid and confident despite having made so many changes from their last game.
12' It's been quite an open game so far. There have been five shots so far, three by Everton and two by Salford. Walcott has a crack drifting into the box from the right but his effort is charged down twice by Turnbull.
10' Salford look to get back into the game right away. Henderson lays off to Towell who lets rip from the edge of the box. It's straight at Virginia but a decent effort from the League Two side.
G. Sigurðsson
Assist
Everton
8' Sigurdsson's famously good from set-pieces and that one was no different. Everton will be reassured to take an early lead with Salford not looking cowed by their Premier League opponents.
M. Keane
Goal
Everton
8' GOAL! 1-0 EVERTON! Sigurdsson swings the ball right into the danger area. Keane runs past Turnbull and powers a header into the net!
6' Salford try to pass out from the back as Lowe pings the ball wide left to Thomas-Asante. Kenny clears it as far as Hunter who crosses in. Virginia comes out to claim it.
4' Everton are clearly the superior side and are looking to show that early on. Bernard floats a lovely pass into the box from deep for the onrushing Walcott. Walcott can't keep his header down. Salford are playing a 4-4-2 diamond, looking to clog the middle with Henderson behind Wilson and Thomas-Asante.
3' Salford break upfield through Thomas-Asante down the left-hand side. Thomas-Asante crosses, Everton don't fully clear, and Lowe blasts the ball over the crossbar from distance.
2' Everton get a feel for the ball early on as Salford drop back into their own half. Kenny slides an early ball in to Kean who can't quite find a teammate.
1' And we're off! 
The two teams head out onto the Goodison Park pitch. We're about to get underway here in Liverpool!
This is the first ever competitive meeting between Everton and Salford. Everton have never lost to fourth-tier opponents in the EFL Cup, winning 17 of their 18 such games. Salford's biggest cup victory to date was against then fourth-tier Notts County in the FA Cup in 2015 when Salford still played part-time. Can they kill an even bigger English football giant here?
Ancelotti puts out a strong second string as he makes 10 changes to the team that defeated Spurs last weekend. Virginia and Nkounkou make their debuts for the Toffees while their bench looks very strong indeed. Salford make four changes from their 2-2 draw with Exeter in League Two as Turnbull, Towell, Wilson, and Thomas-Asante come in.
Gordon, who's playing down the left flank, bursts past Threlkeld and crosses low to win a corner for Everton. From it...
SUBS: Darron Gibson, Bruno Andrade, Tom Elliott, Tylor Golden, Luke Armstrong, Alex Denny, William Evans.
SALFORD CITY (4-3-3): Vaclav Hladky; Oscar Threlkeld, Jordan Turnbull, Ashley Eastham (c), Ibou Touray; Richard Towell, Jason Lowe, Ashley Hunter; James Wilson, Ian Henderson, Brandon Thomas-Asante.
SUBS: Allan, Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Seamus Coleman, Jordan Pickford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Lucas Digne.
EVERTON (4-2-3-1): Joao Virginia; Jonjoe Kenny, Michael Keane, Jarrad Branthwaite, Niels Nkounkou; Gylfi Sigurdsson (c), Tom Davies; Theo Walcott, Anthony Gordon, Bernard; Moise Kean.
Everton's visitors today are fourth-tier Salford City for what will be their first ever competitive game against a Premier League side. The Class of 92-owned team have enjoyed a meteoric rise through the divisions in recent years. This will no doubt be the toughest test yet for Graham Alexander's men.
Everton got their Premier League season off to a fine start last weekend with an impressive victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Carlo Ancelotti's team now begin their EFL Cup campaign with hopes of lifting their first domestic trophy since 1995.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this EFL Cup second round match between Everton and Salford City at Goodison Park.