Everton 3 Aston Villa 1: Toffees boss Moyes enjoys the Midas touch

16 February 2009 12:41
He still doffs his cap toward Sir Alex Ferguson, but David Moyes is beginning to build an increasingly convincing argument for why he should be acknowledged as the man with the Midas touch among Barclays Premier League managers.[LNB]Rafa Benitez's scalp already tucked away after an epic battle with neighbours Liverpool [LNB]in the previous round, despite the obvious disparity in spending power, Moyes appeared to be at a disadvantage again as Everton[LNB]continued their push for a Wembley place at Goodison Park on Sunday.[LNB]While Emile Heskey was Aston Villa's[LNB]only absentee of note, Moyes was without the injured Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman and Marouane Fellaini and ineligible Jo and forced to call on youngsters Jack Rodwell and Dan Gosling as well as the unsettled Victor Anichebe.[LNB][LNB] Blues cruise: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel looks on helplessly as Australian midfielder Tim Cahill wheels away to celebrate Everton's match winner [LNB]It was, as he admitted afterwards, 'the hardest team selection I have had to make', but he needn't have worried. Everton 3 Aston Villa 1: All the action as it happened[LNB]West Ham 1 Middlesbrough 1[LNB]Derby 1 Man Utd 4[LNB]Sheff Utd 1 Hull 1[LNB]Blackburn 2 Coventry 2[LNB]Swansea 1 Fulham 1[LNB]FA Cup quarter final draw: Big three separated as United, Chelsea and Arsenal await replay fate[LNB]One-club wonders: Sportsmail's guide to the top 15 players who only ever kissed a single badge[LNB]EVERTON FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB]ASTON VILLA FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB][LNB]Local boy Rodwell, 17, fired Everton into a fourth-minute lead with his first goal for the [LNB]club, and though James Milner equalised with a seventh-minute penalty, Anichebe dispelled any fears his mind may still be on his training ground dust-up with Moyes by laying on the goals that condemned Villa to their first domestic defeat since November.[LNB] Back of the net: Jack Rodwell squeezes in the opener at the far post to get Everton their way [LNB] [LNB]Moyes is always quick to salute his squad's spirit and strength of character, and it was never more evident that in the way they once more defied the odds and booked Everton's first FA Cup quarter-final place since he replaced Walter Smith nearly seven years ago. They may fancy their chances, too, of getting past West Ham or Middlesbrough and progressing into the last four.[LNB]But a winning mentality doesn't just happen by chance, just as managerial reputations are not built on luck alone.[LNB]Much as he claimed he was concerned about his patched-up side's prospects, Moyes has always had faith in his emerging youngsters - Rodwell, in particular - and clearly felt a recall for Anichebe would be met with the required response.[LNB] Spot on: Mikel Arteta converts from 12 yards to restore the hosts' lead [LNB] [LNB] [LNB]These are decisions by which managers stand or fall, and Moyes was justifiably walking tall as he reflected on the way one of the Premier League form teams were worn down and finally forced into submission.[LNB]'I was worried about how it might go, given the extent of our problems, but there were so many good individual performances in an excellent team effort,' he beamed. 'Victor was outstanding and showed again that if he can add consistency to his game, he is going to be some player.[LNB] HAVE YOUR SAY: WHO ARE YOUR FA CUP UNSUNG HEROES - Post your views in the comments box below 'Rodwell shone once more. Jack has such composure - so laid back, he's almost horizontal.'[LNB]Rodwell will sign a new five-year deal this week, and he could hardly have celebrated securing his future any better than by giving his side a flying start with a goal amid controversial circumstances in the fourth minute.[LNB] Up and under: James Milner's equaliser from the spot for Aston Villa trickled under the body of Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard before finding net [LNB] [LNB] [LNB]Stiliyan Petrov clearly handled Tim Cahill's header on the line for what should have been a straightforward penalty for Everton and red card for the Villa skipper. Instead, as Rodwell lashed the loose ball into the roof of the net, referee Martin Atkinson awarded a goal and gave Petrov an unexpected reprieve, indicating later that he had played an advantage and not penalised the handball.[LNB]Another gift came Villa's way three minutes later, as Tony Hibbert launched himself into a lunging challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor that was as ill-advised as it was poorly executed. Agbonlahor was sent sprawling, and James Milner converted the inevitable penalty, albeit with an unconvincing kick that squirmed under Tim Howard's dive.[LNB] Head to head: Victor Anichebe, earning a reprieve in the Everton  first team after a bust-up with manager David Moyes, looks to drive past Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor [LNB] [LNB]Anichebe's attitude may have been found wanting of late, but there can be no faulting his power and pace when his mind is functioning as Moyes would like. It was too much for Curtis Davies, who was left floundering, and Steve Sidwell, who flattened him with a late tackle for the 23rd-minute penalty Mikel Arteta tucked away to restore Everton's advantage.[LNB]Agbonlahor and Sidwell were both guilty of glaring misses, and Jon Carew brought the best out of Howard in between with a flick that was heading for the far corner until the Everton keeper, an injury doubt right up to kick-off, flung himself full length to tip it round the post.[LNB] Hold on: Everton boss David Moyes looks on as his Villa counterpart Martin O'Neill complains over a foul [LNB] [LNB]The presence of 16 English players - eight from each side - added to the appeal of an event that has always been one of the highlights of the country's sporting calendar.[LNB]Thoughts turned to matters on the other side of the world in the 76th minute, though, as Tim Cahill rounded off the scoring and marked his goal with a poignant reminder of a tragedy that has unfolded in his home country over the past week or so.[LNB]Anichebe was again the provider with a cross that was flicked across the area with the outside of his boot. It evaded Gosling but not Cahill, whose scuffed shot may not have been hit cleanly but was still too good for Brad Friedel.[LNB]As the Australian turned to take the acclaim of the Goodison crowd, he lifted his right sleeve to reveal a black armband, his solemn expression reflecting his homeland's turmoil.[LNB]EVERTON (4-4-2): Howard 7; Hibbert 6, Jagielka 7, Lescott 7, Baines 6; Neville 6, Arteta 8 (Castillo 90min), Rodwell 7, Gosling 6; Cahill 7, Anichebe 7 (Yobo 88).Booked: Hibbert, Cahill.[LNB]ASTON VILLA (4-4-2): Friedel 7; Gardner 6, Knight 6, Davies 6, L Young 6; A Young 6,Sidwell 6 (Delfouneso 83), Petrov 7, Milner 7; Agbonlahor 6, Carew 6. Booked: Sidwell, Petrov, Milner.[LNB]Referee: Martin Atkinson.[LNB]Man of the match: Mikel Arteta.[LNB]HAVE YOUR SAY: WHO ARE YOUR FA CUP UNSUNG HEROES - Post your views in the comments box below  Everton 3 Aston Villa 1: All the action as it happened[LNB]West Ham 1 Middlesbrough 1[LNB]Derby 1 Man Utd 4[LNB]Sheff Utd 1 Hull 1[LNB]Blackburn 2 Coventry 2[LNB]Swansea 1 Fulham 1[LNB]FA Cup quarter final draw: Big three separated as United, Chelsea and Arsenal await replay fate[LNB]One-club wonders: Sportsmail's guide to the top 15 players who only ever kissed a single badge[LNB]EVERTON FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB]ASTON VILLA FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB] [LNB] [LNB]  

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