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  • Mon, 25 Jan 2021 08:00:12 +0000: FA Cup fourth round: 10 talking points from the weekend's action - Everton | The Guardian

    Luke Shaw is proving José Mourinho wrong, while West Ham could have European football on their minds next season

    “He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. He has to change his football brain,” José Mourinho said of Luke Shaw after a game in 2017. “We need his fantastic physical and technical qualities, but he cannot continue to play with my brain.” Few could have imagined four years later that the former Southampton defender could be first choice left-back at Old Trafford and eyeing up a return to the England squad. There is no arguing that Shaw looks far fitter now than four years ago but he has heeded Mourinho’s advice to “change his football brain”. Against Liverpool, Shaw was superb in defence and attack; going forward he made key overlapping runs, aiding Marcus Rashford to ensure United dominated that flank in a battle that was crucial to the victory. The arrival of Alex Telles seems to have spurred Shaw on to build on last season’s form. Gareth Southgate will have taken notice. Will Unwin

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    Burnley v Bournemouth or Crawley
    Manchester United v West Ham
    Sheffield United v Bristol City
    Wolves v Southampton
    Barnsley v Chelsea
    Everton v Wycombe or Tottenham
    Swansea v Manchester City
    Leicester v Brighton

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  • Sun, 24 Jan 2021 21:57:29 +0000: Dominic Calvert-Lewin ends drought as Everton sink Sheffield Wednesday - Everton | The Guardian

    There are some nights where an FA Cup upset can almost be felt in the air around you. This, from a very early stage, was not one of them. Everton and Sheffield Wednesday have contested the final on two occasions but here, you only ever felt that it would be the Premier League side whose ambitions would continue for at least another round.

    In truth, things could not have gone much better for Carlo Ancelotti against a side whose performance and recent form is much more impressive than their league position suggests. As such, that made this a potentially tricky tie to navigate, but the manner in which Everton got the job done will have been mightily encouraging. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s return from injury marked with a goal, James Rodríguez once again looking back to somewhere near his best, and debuts for academy graduates Thierry Small and Tyler Onyango – the former becoming the club’s youngest-ever player in the process, aged 16 years and 176 days.

    Related: Everton 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday: FA Cup fourth round – as it happened

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  • Sun, 24 Jan 2021 21:51:15 +0000: Everton 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday: FA Cup fourth round – as it happened - Everton | The Guardian

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored on his return and James Rodriguez sparkled throughout as Everton moved into the last 16 with a comfortable victory

    Here is the match report ...

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    Peep peep! Everton cruise into the fifth round, where they will play Wycombe or Spurs at Goodison Park. They played some slick football and were far too good for a young Sheffield Wednesday side. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, on his return from injury, slid in the first goal and then Richarlison and Yerry Mina scored in the space of four minutes in the second half. Both were headers from corners by James Rodriguez, who ran the game and was a pleasure to watch throughout. Thanks for your company, goodnight.

    90+1 min Three minutes of added time.

    90 min Wednesday appeal for a penalty after a challenge by Bernard on Brennan. It was a clumsy tackle, but Graham Scott and VAR weren’t interested.

    85 min A double change for Everton: Thierry Small, 16, and Tyler Onyango, 17, come on for Andre Gomes and the marvellous James Rodriguez. At 16 years 176 days, Small becomes the youngest player in Everton’s history. Well in lads.

    82 min James sweeps the ball out to Bernard, who cuts inside and has a shot blocked. Kenny puts the rebound into orbit. I know I’m a stuck record, but James has been so good tonight: elegant, regal and another complimentary word.

    79 min Wednesday make their fifth change. Adam Reach goes off, Jack Marriott comes on. This is his first game since early November.

    78 min “Evening Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “Still working at half nine on a Sunday?! You’d be as well just staying up for the cricket - only seven hours to go. Even during lockdown, the sporting calendar is pretty relentless...”

    With the cricket in mind, I intend to be asleep precisely 12 seconds after this match finishes.

    75 min A double change for Everton: Anthony Gordon and Jonjoe Kenny replace Richarlison, who scored the second goal, and Ben Godfrey, who didn’t.

    74 min Windass changes direction smartly in the area and hits a stinging low shot that is superbly blocked by the sliding Holgate. Every time I see Holgate at centre-back, he looks a class act.

    73 min Windass’s deflected free-kick is held comfortably by Olsen.

    70 min Godfrey is booked for a studs-up lunge at Harris. That wasn’t the greatest tackle, although I’m pretty sure it wasn’t malicious.

    68 min Another change for Wednesday: Barry Bannan off, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru on.

    67 min An Everton substitution: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has had an excellent return to action, is replaced by Bernard.

    64 min: Brennan heads off the line! James is ripping Wednesday apart. He receives the ball from Gomes, 25 yards from goal, and lobs a careful pass over the defence towards Calvert-Lewin. He lobs it over the outrushing Wildsmith, but Brennan gets back to head it behind for a corner. On reflection I’m not sure Calvert-Lewin’s shot was going in, though Brennan wasn’t to know that.

    63 min Brown plays a nice one-two with Windass but then overruns the ball on the edge of the area.

    James swings another fine corner towards the six-yard line, where Mina towers over everyone to head emphatically past Wildsmith. James has been a joy to watch in this game.

    61 min James pokes another delicious pass through to Richarlison, nutmegging Urhoghide in the process. Richarlison sweeps a curling shot towards the far post, and Wildsmith springs to his left to push it behind. Good save.

    60 min Wednesday make a double change: Izzy Brown and Matt Penney replace Ryan Galvin and Callum Paterson.

    James swings an excellent corner to the near post, where Richarlison leaps to flick a deft header by Wildsmith. Everton are heading into the last 16, where they will host either Wycombe or Spurs.

    58 min Sigurdsson has a shot deflected behind for a corner. Everton are well on top just now.

    57 min An Everton corner is headed away to James on the edge of the area. He steers a careful square pass to Doucoure, who slices his shot wide. That was a chance. James has played some gorgeous passes tonight.

    56 min Richarlison plays an angled pass into the path of Calvert-Lewin, who rattles a first-time shot that is pawed round the near post by Wildsmith. That was a decent save, and a really good first-time effort from Calvert-Lewin as he was running away from goal.

    55 min Gomes picks up a loose ball and drives wide from 25 yards.

    54 min James’s free-kick is headed on at the near post, by Reach I think, and headed wide at the far post by Godfrey. He was under a fair bit of pressure so it wasn’t much of a chance.

    52 min James angles a lovely first-time pass to the overlapping Coleman, but his cross is too deep.

    51 min Nothing much to report since half-time. Wednesday are a nice team to watch, but so far they have been a bit toothless.

    48 min Windass tries a one-two with Bannan, whose return pass is slightly underhit. That allows Coleman to come across and intercept on the edge of the area.

    46 min Peep peep! Everton begin the second half.

    Wednesday have made a half-time change: Andre Green, who faded after a lively start, is replaced by Josh Windass.

    Half-time reading

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    Peep peep! Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s poacher’s goal has given Everton a deserved lead over Sheffield Wednesday. It’s been an enjoyable game, with both teams passing the ball confidently, but Everton have had the greater threat in attack.

    45 min One added minute.

    42 min Everton have played some lovely stuff in the last 15 or 20 minutes.

    41 min Coleman scurries into the area and slides another dangerous low cross into the six-yard box. Richarlison is waiting at the far post for a tap-in, but Urhoghide does really well to get himself between Richarlison and the ball.

    39 min Everton are threatening to overwhelm Wednesday, who can’t afford to concede a second before half-time.

    37 min A rabona pass from James tees up Sigurdsson, who lets the ball run across his body to lose Urhoghide but then thrashes his shot wide of the far post. That was lovely play from Everton.

    34 min Everton break four on four, with Calvert-Lewin. He plays it out to Sigurdsson, who curls an excellent cross that flashes across the goal.

    32 min Calvert-Lewin, as you probably know, started his career at his boyhood club Sheffield United.

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin has given Everton the lead on his return to the side. The goal was made superbly by Andre Gomes, who shuffled away from Pelupessy on the left of the area and leathered the ball across the six-yard box. Calvert-Lewin, sliding in at the far post, finished it off.

    The big man is back.

    27 min James plays the ball into the area towards Calvert-Lewin, who fresh-airs an attempted backheel to Sigurdsson. The loose ball is picked up by James, whose curling shot is headed away by Brennan.

    25 min Calvert-Lewin wins a corner for Everton. James’s inswinger just clears the leaping Calvert-Lewin in the middle and Wednesday force the ball away.

    22 min Harris runs at Godfrey, who pokes the ball behind for a corner. Bannan’s inswinging corner shaves the head of an Everton player at the near post and flashes across the face of goal.

    18 min Harris’s dangerous cross is cleared by Mina at the near post. Although Everton have had the biggest chance, Wednesday do look bright and breezy going forward.

    17 min James plays another nice through pass, this time to Calvert-Lewin in the area. He takes it beautifully in his stride, dragging his studs over the ball to pirouette away from Urhoghide, and forces a low shot that is saved at the near post by Wildsmith.

    15 min The debutant Green cuts infield from the left and stings Olsen’s palms with a decent effort. He looks lively.

    13 min That pass from James really was exquisite.

    12 min: Richarlison has a goal disallowed! Ach, that’s a shame, because it was a gorgeous goal. James wandered infield from the right and played a devastating through pass, perfectly weighted to take Brennan out of the game and bring Richarlison into it. He finished calmly past Wildsmith, but replays showed he was fractionally offside.

    9 min Richarlison flashes a terrific cross from the left that just evades Calvert-Lewin.

    8 min: Richarlison hits the bar! Coleman moves into space down the right and swings a deep cross towards Richarlison, whose header is pushed/fumbled onto the top of the bar by Wildsmith.

    5 min Wednesday have made a bright start and look perky in possession. For tactics fans, this is their revised line-up:

    Sheffield Wednesday (3-3-2-2) Wildsmith; Urhoghide, Borner, Brennan; Harris, Pelupessy, Galvin; Reach, Bannan; Paterson, Green.

    4 min Adam Reach finds himself in space 25 yards from goal. He pushes the ball forward and hits a rising drive across goal that is pushed behind by Olsen. It was a fairly comfortable save, but it was also a good strike from Reach.

    3 min Richarlison has a snapshot blocked by a Wednesday defender, Brennan I think.

    2 min BT Sport were right: Wednesday are playing 3-5-2. Nothing else to report yet.

    1 min Peep peep! Sheffield Wednesday, in their black away kit, kick off from left to right. Everton are in blue.

    The BT Sport folk have Sheffield Wednesday playing a 3-5-2, with Harris and Galvin as wing-backs and Green and Paterson up front. We’ll soon find out.

    Here come the teams. I should have said that the Everton subs bench includes Thierry Small, a 16-year-old left-back; he will become their youngest ever player if he gets on.

    It’s just not football

    But this is tremendous fun.

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    “Hi Rob,” says Matt Burtz. “Considering the injuries and the Leicester game on Wednesday, this is probably Carlo’s strongest lineup. They haven’t played in 12 days and there should be no excuses here, but as you’ve already noted, this is Everton we’re talking about. Fingers crossed.”

    They’ve had some special cup defeats since the turn of the century, haven’t they? We all remember Shrewsbury but there’s also Oldham, Tranmere, Reading, Wigan, even Liverpool reserves last year.

    “Evening, Smyth,” says Sean Clayton. “This could be a massacre - Everton have got the likes of DCL and James against a Wednesday back four including three U-23 players with fewer than 10 career starts each. What’s the audio version of watching through your fingers?”

    Good question. Listening on headphones with the commentary in one ear and Brian Eno in the other?

    Everton (4-2-3-1) Olsen; Coleman, Holgate, Mina, Godfrey; Doucoure, Gomes; James, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.
    Substitutes: Pickford, Lossl, Kenny, Keane, Bernard, Gordon, Davies, Small, Onyango.

    Sheffield Wednesday (4-2-3-1) Wildsmith; Urhoghide, Brennan, Borner, Galvin; Bannan, Pelupessy; Harris, Reach, Green; Paterson.
    Substitutes: Jackson, Palmer, Marriott, Penney, Dele-Bashiru, Windass, Brown, Hunt, Kachunga.

    Pre-match reading

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    Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has been out with a hamstring injury, plays for the first time since New Year’s Day. Carlo Ancelotti has picked a very strong side, though Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane have been given a rest.

    Andre Green makes his debut for Sheffield Wednesday, though we’re not sure whether he’ll play wide or up front. They are without the teenage defender Liam Shaw, who played brilliantly in those three wins under Neil Thompson. There’s no official explanation why Shaw is not involved tonight, but if you fancy a bit of feckless, baseless, clueless, meaningless, worthless, headless, witless speculation as to why he is not involved, check out twitter.com, where less is more.

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    Hello. In the FA Cup, every fixture tells a story. Tonight’s meeting between Everton and Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park evokes two classic ties – the 1966 FA Cup final, when Everton came from 2-0 down to win 3-2, and the marathon of 1988, when it took four games to separate the teams in the third round. After three 1-1 draws, Everton settled the matter with a perverse 5-0 win at Hillsborough. (There was also a belting quarter-final in 1906, which Everton won 4-3, but you don’t care about, do you, you xenophobe.)

    Logic suggests this will be a comfortable game for Everton, though we’ve said that a few times in the 26 years since they last won the FA Cup. They are sixth in the Premier League; Sheffield Wednesday are 23rd in the Championship. Even without their six-point deduction, Wednesday would only be 20th.

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  • Sat, 23 Jan 2021 08:00:12 +0000: When Everton took three replays to beat Sheffield Wednesday in FA Cup - Everton | The Guardian

    After three 1-1 draws in 16 days, Everton went to Hillsborough and scored five goals in 38 minutes to finally settle the tie

    By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog

    Even though Everton were the reigning league champions, the summer of 1987 was an unsettling time for the club. Howard Kendall departed for Athletic Bilbao, leaving his former assistant Colin Harvey with the unenviable task of filling his great friend’s shoes. Most of the players stayed but, by the turn of the year, it was apparent that the league title would be going across Stanley Park to Anfield. Liverpool went on to finish 20 points clear of their local rivals, who dropped down to fourth in the table. Although Harvey did have the satisfaction of knocking Liverpool out of the League Cup. And, of course, the FA Cup provided the chance of winning some silverware.

    The draw for the third round paired Everton with a club that had suffered a stuttering start to the 1987-88 league campaign. Sheffield Wednesday had won just one of their first 12 league matches – a dire run that included a 4-0 defeat at Everton. Yet their fortunes improved when manager Howard Wilkinson signed centre-back Nigel Pearson from Shrewsbury in October. With Pearson slotted into a five-man defence, Wednesday won eight of their next 11 matches and shot up the table.

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  • Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:01:48 +0000: FA Cup fourth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend - Everton | The Guardian

    Liverpool meet Man Utd once again, Chorley need ‘a miracle’ against Wolves and Luton could hurt Lampard

    Last season’s fifth-round exit at the hands of Chelsea represented the furthest a Jürgen Klopp team had progressed in the FA Cup. He has been in England for more than five years but his attitude to the world’s oldest competition remains enigmatic at best, dismissive at worst. The biorhythms of a German season, including its winter break, continue to beat within him. Klopp has habitually blooded youngsters in the Cup, plus hardy perennials like James Milner. Last season, particularly in the third-round win at Everton, Curtis Jones announced his credentials and is likely to be granted a leading role at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is more of an FA Cup traditionalist and can be expected to select a stronger team; his squad has been far less riven by injuries and fatigue than the opponent they drew 0-0 with last Sunday. United’s manager has fourth-round history with Liverpool; he scored a late 1999 winner that preluded future super-sub heroics but the time when these great rivals would throw the kitchen sink at each other in the Cup’s early rounds is sadly long passed. JB

    Manchester United v Liverpool, Sunday 5pm (all times GMT)

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    Chorley v Wolves, Friday 7.45pm

    Burnley v Bournemouth or Crawley
    Manchester United v West Ham
    Sheffield United v Bristol City
    Wolves v Southampton
    Barnsley v Chelsea
    Everton v Wycombe or Tottenham
    Swansea v Manchester City
    Leicester v Brighton

    Chelsea v Luton, Sunday 12pm

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    Everton v Sheffield Wednesday, Sunday 8pm

    Southampton v Arsenal, Saturday 12.15pm

    Cheltenham v Manchester City, Saturday 5.30pm

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    Sheffield United v Plymouth, Saturday 3pm

    Brentford v Leicester, Sunday 2.30pm

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    Swansea City v Nottingham Forest, Saturday 3pm

    Wycombe v Tottenham, Monday 7.45pm

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