Post by Everton News. on Aug 23, 2016 20:59:26 GMT
Everton 4 - 0 Yeovil
Arouna Koné scores two late goals as Everton cruise past Yeovil
Home team scorers Aaron Lennon 28 Ross Barkley 69 Arouna Kone 83 Arouna Kone 90 +0:27
Ronald Koeman’s first win at Goodison Park may not linger long in the memories of many Evertonians but this was a night for Ross Barkley to savour. Leading his boyhood club for the first time, he scored as an upset was averted comfortably. Aaron Lennon and Arouna Koné, with a brace, also found the net for last season’s semi-finalists as Everton, who have not exited at this stage since 2001, ensured ranked as smooth progress. A gulf of 79 league places proved too wide for Yeovil to bridge.
Yeovil’s resources are so slender that they could only name five substitutes. Everton have the luxury of a rather greater choice and Ronald Koeman’s selection was evidence of his rebuilding. All four of his signings began the game with Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie, acquired for a combined £39 million, making maiden starts and Ross Barkley captaining them for the first time as Phil Jagielka, Gareth Barry and Leighton Baines were afforded rests.
The midfielder marked his elevation from the ranks with a well-worked corner that almost yielded Everton the lead. Romelu Lukaku met his centre with a shot on the turn that Alex Lawless hacked off the line. It was the third of five chances Lukaku was fashioned in the opening 20 minutes. He contrived not to take any, seeming to dive when a touch to take the ball past the Yeovil goalkeeper, Artur Krysiak, proved too heavy.
The referee, Christopher Kavanagh, neither awarded a penalty nor cautioned the striker but Lukaku’s profligacy threatened to come at a cost. Defender Matt Butcher, who has been borrowed from Bournemouth, ventured forward and narrowly cleared the Everton bar with a menacing shot.
Reprieved, the hosts were more clinical on their next attack. Lukaku offered incision with a pass, sending James McCarthy sprinting clear and the midfielder showed the vision and precision to provide a sharp cutback that left Aaron Lennon with a tap in. It was a fine way to mark his first start of the season.
Lennon had appeared an endangered species when Koeman dispensed with wingers in his previous two games, but had switched to 4-2-3-1 in a first-half reshuffle at the Hawthorns on Saturday. He retained that system on Wednesday night, meaning Lennon and Bolasie flanked Barkley. The Congolese’s first two appearances of the campaign had both come against West Brom, one for Crystal Palace and one for Everton. Spared from facing a Tony Pulis defence, Bolasie was lively, adopting a roaming brief and displaying his pace.
While Everton had a surfeit of creative talents, their next opportunity was fashioned by Yeovil captain Nathan Smith. His error meant Lukaku was gifted a glorious opening. The Belgian managed to miss again, skewing a shot wide. He had a greater excuse when, at an acute angle, he met a Barkley free kick that had eluded everyone else and sent the ball across the goalmouth. Mason Holgate was just unable to apply a finishing touch but it may go down as another Lukaku miss.
If there were doubts about his loyalties in a summer when he eyed the exit, there were none about those of his Yeovil counterpart. Striker Tom Eaves is both a Liverpudlian and a Liverpool fan. As Everton dominated possession, he had rather fewer opportunities to impress than Lukaku.
Yet, as the Premier League side failed to build on their lead, Yeovil grew in confidence and manager Darren Way brought on the West Brom loanee Tahvon Campbell in his search for an equaliser. Instead Everton secured the cushion their superiority merited. When Barkley lined up another free kick, the presumption was that he would cross again. Instead, with Krysiak positioned too far towards his far post, he whipped an effort in at the near post. The 22-year-old has scored with a free kick in both games at Goodison Park this season. This time, unlike against Tottenham, there could be no doubt he was shooting.
Koné then came off the bench to add an emphatic third and a late fourth.
Post by Everton News. on Aug 23, 2016 21:14:23 GMT
Official Match Report
Stand-in skipper Ross Barkley led Everton into the third round of the EFL Cup as Yeovil Town were beaten 4-0 at Goodison Park.
The England midfielder, handed the captain’s armband for the first time in his Blues career, scored a second-half free-kick as the Blues comfortably brushed aside the League Two club.
Barkley’s 70th-minute strike added to Aaron Lennon’s sweeping team goal, which had earlier broken the deadlock on the half-hour mark.
The victory was completed late on when substitute Arouna Kone stepped off the bench and struck a quick-fire double - the first a powerful shot, followed by a prodded close-range finish.
It was a pleasing night’s work for Everton boss Ronald Koeman, with the victory his first on home soil since his appointment as manager.
As well as a clean sheet and progression into the next stage of the competition, other positives from the evening included full debuts for Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie who both got through 90 minutes of action.
Koeman promised to go with a strong side and he did just that, despite making five changes to the team named against West Bromwich Albion three days earlier.
Romelu Lukaku came in for his first start of the season - and the Belgian wasn’t too far away with a second-minute curler from 25 yards.
Lukaku then brought an early save out of Glovers goalkeeper Artur Krysiak with a header from a corner, then saw a shot cleared off the line and skewed a right-foot effort wide.
Bolasie, in for his full debut alongside Williams, captain Barkley and midfielder Idissa Gueye all then fired either over the bar or narrowly past the post as Everton pressed for the breakthrough against the stubborn League Two side.
Yeovil’s resistance was finally broken in the 28th minute when Lennon rounded off an excellent team move.
Lukaku played the ball in behind the visitors’ defence, James McCarthy provided the cut-back and the winger darted in to finish first-time from 10 yards out, to give the hosts a thoroughly deserved lead.
The home fans felt the Toffees should have had the opportunity to extend that lead before the break when Bolasie was seemingly upended inside the area by defender Bevis Mugabe. Referee Chris Kavanagh waved away the penalty appeals, however.
And on the stroke of half-time, the impressive Mason Holgate stole in at the near-post but his flicked header was guided too high.
Yeovil only had one chance of note during the first half and that was when the score was still goalless. It was a decent opportunity, too, as Matt Butcher skilfully pirouetted on the edge of the area but shot just over Maarten Stekelenburg’s goal.
It was more Everton dominance in the second half - 60 seconds after the restart Lukaku spurned a chance to double the lead when he side-footed wide from a promising position. The Belgian’s frustrating evening continued as, on the hour mark, he poked along the goalline and just out of Holgate’s reach.
Bryan Oviedo and McCarthy were next to go close, both causing concern for keeper Krysiak without hitting the target.
Everton put the contest to bed in the 70th minute thanks to Barkley’s 25-yard free-kick.
Many were expecting the midfielder to send over a cross but he caught Krysiak by surprise, whipping the ball up and over the wall and placing it perfectly inside the near post.
Barkley marked his goal by lifting up his jersey and revealing the simple message ‘RIP Sid Benson’ in tribute to the Everton scout who had passed away last week.
Late on, Kone stepped off the bench and impressed with his two-goal cameo.
He made it 3-0 with an arrowing drive from just inside the area, then completed the scoring in stoppage time with a stabbed finish after twisting and turning inside the six-yard box.
Evertonians can now look forward to the third round draw as the encouraging start to the Koeman era gains momentum.
Post by Everton News. on Aug 23, 2016 21:30:59 GMT
Koeman - Ross Barkley led by example
Ronald Koeman was pleased with how Ross Barkley led by example after being named captain for Everton’s 4-0 victory over Yeovil Town.
The 22-year-old was handed the armband by Koeman - and he celebrated the occasion by scoring the Blues’ second in the comfortable EFL Cup win over the Glovers.
The Academy graduate marked his goal by revealing a poignant message in tribute to the late Sid Benson, the former Club scout who had played a significant part in his development.
Aaron Lennon had earlier opened the scoring and a late brace from substitute Arouna Kone booked the Toffees’ passage into the third round of the competition.
Koeman told evertontv: “Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines were not on the pitch and if you look around, Ross is the player who has spent the longest time at the Club.
“For him, it’s the next step. He is a talent but he also needs [the chance] to show more responsibility for the rest of the team.
“It was a good experience for a young player.”
Everton carved out plenty of chances throughout the course of the 90 minutes and Koeman was satisfied that the final scoreline eventually reflected the dominance.
“I’m very critical - maybe sometimes too critical!” added the manager. “You saw by the first goal, if you play with high tempo and good movement then you can create a lot. But the final score is what I like.
“Finally we made the difference which maybe everybody expected. There are aways some aspects we can improve but we took it seriously. We had strong defending - they did not create many chances.
“We had some good chances to score more goals but it was a result everybody expects.|
Speaking about Kone’s late two-goal salvo, the manager continued: “It’s always good to have a bench with quality players.
“We had good replacements and good substitutes to break them down and score more goals, which is what we did in the last 20 minutes.”
Post by Everton News. on Aug 23, 2016 21:35:15 GMT
Ross Barkley paid tribute to Sid Benson after captaining Everton to a 4-0 win over Yeovil Town in the EFL Cup.
The Blues midfielder fired home a cleverly-taken free-kick to add to Aaron Lennon’s opener and lifted his shirt to reveal a message reading ‘R.I.P Sid Benson’.
The former Toffees scout was the one who spotted a young Barkley and took him to Everton, and the stand-in skipper said he wanted to pay his own special tribute.
“It was just a little message for Sid and his family,” Barkley told evertontv. “I might not be where I am today without him. He spotted me when I was a kid, brought me to Everton and ever since he spoke to me every week.
“I was sad to hear that he passed away but I know he is watching down on all us Blues – he was the biggest Everton fan you could find.
“I was over the moon to get the goal as well. I saw a gap. They only had one man in the wall so I thought ‘why not?’ – thankfully it came off. I was pleased to see it go in the back of the net.
“It was important we got through to the next round, which we did.”
It was a special night for Barkley, who captained the side for the first time after being handed the armband by boss Ronald Koeman.
And after he finally sealed victory over a stubborn Glovers side with the Toffees’ second goal, Arouna Kone’s late brace rounded off the win.
It added up to a night to remember for the Academy graduate. “I am over the moon to captain the side,” he added. “It is every Evertonian’s dream to lead out the club and it is a dream come true for me. I’m glad that we won as well.
“Just before the game, the manager said that I would have the armband and just told me what it means to captain Everton Football Club. He told me to go out there and show what I could do. We did that as a team tonight.”