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  • Date:01 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Goodison Park
  • Attendance:29,976
  • Mills (25)
Goal!

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90:40 +0.40

Shot by Jack Rodwell. Blocked by Mikele Leigertwood.

90:16 +0.16

Mikele Leigertwood challenges Victor Anichebe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.

87:27

Phil Neville leaves the field to be replaced by Jose Baxter.

85:11

Simon Church is brought on as a substitute for Noel Hunt.

83:36

Foul by Brynjar Gunnarsson on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Leighton Baines from left wing, save by Alex McCarthy.

82:10

Jack Rodwell takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.

81:45

Noel Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.

81:07

Jay Tabb challenges Leon Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.

79:39

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.

78:48

(Reading) makes a substitution, with Hal Robson-Kanu coming on for Jobi McAnuff.

78:08

Leon Osman takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.

76:16

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, Louis Saha takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Mills.

75:18

Jay Tabb takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jagielka. Corner taken by Ian Harte.

74:11

Noel Hunt is adjudged to have handled the ball. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.

72:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Phil Neville. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

71:14

Effort from the edge of the box by Jay Tabb goes wide of the left-hand post.

70:14

Jobi McAnuff fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Mills.

69:21

Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, Jack Rodwell makes a clearance.

68:39

Jermaine Beckford challenges Ian Harte unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

67:49

Louis Saha takes a shot. Brynjar Gunnarsson gets a block in.

66:59

Shane Long produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

66:42

Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Mikele Leigertwood gets a block in.

64:59

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Ian Harte. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta played to the near post, clearance by Shane Long.

63:55

Leighton Baines booked. Jimmy Kebe fouled by Leighton Baines, the ref awards a free kick. Mikele Leigertwood restarts play with the free kick.

63:33

Unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka by Shane Long results in a free kick. Jack Rodwell takes the direct free kick.

62:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Jimmy Kebe. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.

62:17

Header on goal by Jermaine Beckford from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

58:53

Phil Neville receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Phil Neville challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte takes the free kick.

50:26

Unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Sylvain Distin results in a free kick. Ian Harte produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

49:46

Unfair challenge on Zurab Khizanishvili by Jermaine Beckford results in a free kick. Alex McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.

49:03

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Victor Anichebe goes wide of the right-hand upright.

48:08

Long range effort from Mikel Arteta misses to the left of the target.

46:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leighton Baines on Jimmy Kebe. Brynjar Gunnarsson restarts play with the free kick.

46:09

Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.

45:15 +0.15

Ian Harte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman. Phil Neville restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

Jermaine Beckford replaces Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Victor Anichebe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Seamus Coleman.

43:21

Mikele Leigertwood booked for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Louis Saha, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Mikel Arteta, Brynjar Gunnarsson gets a block in. Corner taken by Leighton Baines played to the near post, Leon Osman produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

42:46

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.

42:03

Shane Long takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jagielka.

40:33

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Sylvain Distin takes the indirect free kick.

38:47

Leon Osman is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Mills.

34:21

Jack Rodwell goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Jack Rodwell challenges Brynjar Gunnarsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Louis Saha manages to make a clearance.

31:47

Unfair challenge on Jack Rodwell by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Rodwell.

30:20

Foul by Shane Long on Phil Jagielka, free kick awarded. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.

27:44

Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line played to the near post.

25:29

Matt Mills finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 0-1 Reading.Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jagielka. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte,

21:40

Zurab Khizanishvili booked. Zurab Khizanishvili gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman. Mikel Arteta crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Mikele Leigertwood.

20:58

Louis Saha takes a shot. Matt Mills gets a block in.

20:04

Ian Harte takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Phil Neville makes a clearance.

17:57

Phil Jagielka challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ian Harte, Leighton Baines makes a clearance.

17:14

Leon Osman takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save.

16:12

Unfair challenge on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.

14:39

Shane Long takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.

11:07

Seamus Coleman has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

9:21

Brynjar Gunnarsson handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Mikel Arteta crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Jimmy Kebe gets a block in.

7:16

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov fouled by Noel Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Leighton Baines delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Zurab Khizanishvili makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, comfortable save by Alex McCarthy.

3:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Leighton Baines. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.

1:27

Shane Long takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.

0:10

Foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Everton boss David Moyes hopes his team will soon become the only reason people are talking about his football club. The club's inability to spend big money on players over the past year and their recently-published accounts have led to speculation about the club's financial position.

That is not an issue Moyes wants to dwell on and he believes his players can change perceptions if they build momentum in the closing months of the season. The long-serving Scot said: "It is about changing the perception of the club from the way it is getting perceived at the moment.

"Because the club's accounts came out, there was a lot of bad news. "I always thought the team could make a difference. If we win games, move up the league, hopefully we can get people talking about the football more than anything else to do with the club.

"It was always going to be something which if the team does well it can cover a lot of things at the football club. At this present time I don't think the team has done well enough this year."

The Toffees have spent most of an inconsistent season in the bottom half of the table. Notable wins over Manchester City in December and Tottenham in January were false dawns but the penalty shootout success at Stamford Bridge could yet prove the turning point.

Moyes said: "Tuesday is a night we need the fans right behind the team and supporting us the way they did at Chelsea. That was probably the best we've been able to give them this season, but you always hope the best is still to come.

"Let's hope it is in this game and future games as well. "But it's the FA Cup - you never know what is going to happen. Throughout the years there have always been results you don't expect.

"We have to make sure this is one where we do expect to get Everton through. But I think Brian McDermott has done a great job down there with his team. He has steadied Reading and it wasn't too long ago they were a Premier League team, so we have got to be mindful of that."

Moyes has a number of injury concerns for the tie but striker Louis Saha should be in contention after walking away unscathed from a car crash on Sunday night. The Frenchman lost control of his Ferrari 458 in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and collided with a fence.

Referring to the player's past problems with various injuries, Moyes joked: "Incredibly, he has no injuries from it!"

The only issue for Saha is whether he is still troubled by the hamstring injury which hindered his return to action after two games out against Sunderland on Saturday. Midfielder Marouane Fellaini is a major doubt with an ankle problem while Tim Cahill, Jermaine Beckford and Victor Anichebe will also face fitness checks.

Moyes said: "We have got a few injuries and we are going to be short of one or two come the game, but I'll keep it to myself for now."

Royals boss McDermott has promised to send his npower Championship side out to attack at Goodison Park. He said: "It's a great game, it's exactly what we want.

"We are trying to get into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the second year in a row and are playing against a team steeped in history with a great manager and good players.

"We are looking forward to having a real go and trying to get through. But we'll only enjoy it if we win and get through. Getting results is the only way to enjoy a game."

Central to the Royals' chances is Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long. He will be partnered by Noel Hunt in an attacking formation but it is at the other end where McDermott's preparations have been hit.

Goalkeeper Adam Federici is out with a knee injury while captain Ivar Ingimarsson is set to miss out with a groin problem. Alex Pearce remains sidelined with his thigh strain, so former Blackburn man Zurab Khizanishvili is set to start.

Right-back Andy Griffin missed out at the weekend with an Achilles injury, meaning Shaun Cummings will deputise once more. A makeshift back four and goalkeeper is not ideal for the underdogs, but McDermott is keen to attack from the off and give his travelling fans a night to remember.

He said: "I want it to be a great game and I want to make sure we do the best for our fans. We'll have good travelling support and it's important that they have a good night."

Formation:4411Manager: David Moyes

Everton

Formation: 442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

  • Tim Howard
  • Phil Neville
  • Phil Jagielka
  • Sylvain Distin
  • Leighton Baines
  • Seamus Coleman
  • Jack Rodwell
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
  • Leon Osman
  • Louis Saha
  • SUBS
  • Jan Mucha
  • Tony Hibbert
  • Johnny Heitinga
  • Jermaine Beckford
  • Victor Anichebe
  • Shane Duffy
  • Jose Baxter

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Match Report

Mills boon for Reading Matt Mills struck the only goal as Championship side Reading claimed another notable scalp to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for a second successive year at Everton`s expense. Mills fired home after 26 minutes of the fifth-round tie at Goodison Park to put the Royals, who knocked out Liverpool en route to the last eight in 2010, within a game of Wembley. Jimmy Kebe should have made victory more comfortable but goalkeeper Alex McCarthy also proved a hero with a stunning late save from Leon Osman. Everton supporters booed at the final whistle and left Goodison Park frustrated as the inconsistency which has dogged their campaign returned to haunt them. Their memorable fourth-round success at Chelsea, it appeared, had proved another false dawn. The Toffees lacked a cutting edge in the first half and the situation was not helped by the late arrival of their weekend goal hero Jermaine Beckford. Beckford, who struck twice against Sunderland on Saturday, was held up in traffic on the M62 in the afternoon and could only make the bench. That left Louis Saha, who had his own car trouble when he crashed his Ferrari on Sunday, up front alone ahead of a midfield lacking influential duo Marouane Fellaini and Tim Cahill through injury. Reading got behind the Everton defence in the first minute but Kebe's cross went behind Shane Long and the in-form Royals striker could only flick tamely at goal. Everton soon began to assert themselves and won a free-kick which Leighton Baines swung into the box dangerously. Mikele Leigertwood headed behind for a corner under pressure from Rodwell. Baines and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov then combined well for Osman to send over a teasing cross to the far post for Seamus Coleman but the Irishman headed into the ground and the ball agonisingly bounced over. Osman tested McCarthy with a powerful left-foot shot from the edge of the box but the goalkeeper, deputising for the injured Adam Federici, saved comfortably. Long had another chance for Reading when he was picked out by a deep Ian Harte cross but Tim Howard easily claimed his header. Reading, having been starved of possession for a spell, took encouragement from that and made what they had of the ball count as they claimed the lead from a 26th-minute corner. Osman blocked as Mills met Harte's cross with a header towards goal but the Everton midfielder could only poke back to the Reading man as he attempted to clear. Mills skilfully took the ball on his chest and then slammed a low shot past Howard. Everton were shocked by the turn of events and should have gone another goal behind moments later. A mistake by Sylvain Distin allowed Kebe a clear run on goal from 40 yards but Howard was alert and stood up well to block the Mali international's shot. Osman went close to an equaliser just before the break when he headed over from a Baines corner. Everton boss David Moyes felt the need to freshen up his attack at the interval and sent on Beckford and Victor Anichebe for Bilyaletdinov and Coleman. The Toffees immediately looked more threatening and pieced together a move which led to Saha setting up Beckford but the former Leeds striker shot straight at McCarthy. A shooting opportunity opened up for Mikel Arteta from distance as Everton came forward again but the Spaniard fired wide from distance. Yet just as Everton supporters might have started to sense a fightback, Reading served another warning of their potency as veteran Harte flashed a 30-yard free-kick narrowly wide. The Toffees applied more pressure but Saha and Jack Rodwell both had efforts blocked as the hosts started to get frustrated. Everton had another major let-off 15 minutes from time when Jay Tabb found space in the penalty area but had a firm shot deflected behind. The Merseysiders' next opportunity came from a corner of their own as McCarthy failed to punch clear. Saha pounced on the loose ball and turned to shoot but Beckford inadvertently blocked and the Royals survived. McCarthy proved his ability moments later, however, with a stunning save from Osman. Osman looked certain to score as he met a Beckford nod-down with a sweet volley but McCarthy somehow palmed the ball over from point-blank range. Everton appealed for a penalty when the ball appeared to brush Harte's arm but referee Andre Marriner was unconvinced. Everton pressed on throughout five minutes of injury time but Reading held on.

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