FA Cup: Cheltenham v Everton latest scores and updates

Live text commentary as Everton comfortably see off League Two side Cheltenham in third round of the FA Cup.

7 January 2013 Last updated at 22:03 GMT

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  1. 2201: 

    That is the FA Cup third-round weekend iced then. Until the replays begin, anyway.

    Live text action returns for you tomorrow night though, when Chris Bevan will be the man to steer you through Bradford v Aston Villa. See you all later.

  2. 2158: 

    Everton manager David Moyes: "It was a tough game for us which is what you expect in the FA Cup. The pitch was difficult but we got the job done. They always had a chance, but we scored some good goals tonight. We played well enough to win the game.

    "I've seen it again and I think it is a penalty. The boy climbs on Fellaini's back and you can't do that. Other people can disagree but I would have given that.

    "We've not scored a lot of goals this season so that helps us. If you don't get great draws it's not easy to win the FA Cup and whoever we play it's a tough game for us."

  3. 2155: 

    A bit of news coming out of Tottenham this evening is that forward Emmanuel Adebayor has reversed his decision not to represent Togo at January's Africa Cup of Nations, leaving Spurs with Jermain Defoe as their only recognised striker.

    The 28-year-old initially planned to remain with his club because of a row over team security and unpaid bonuses.

    But he will now go to the tournament in South Africa, which starts on 19 January, and may miss six Spurs games.

    It is undecided whether he will be available for Saturday's match at QPR.

  4. 2155: 

    According to Everton statistician Gavin Buckland, Everton have now played two FA Cup third round ties refereed by Kevin Friend.

    They've won both games 5-1 away from home (Scunthorpe was the other), and had five different scorers in both games.

    Marouane Fellaini, Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman scored in both. Spooky...

  5. 2149: 
    Cheltenham 1-5 Everton

    Cheltenham manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio 5 live: "We started well and had a couple of half chances, but they had a shot that hit the post and a poacher to finish it. We thought the penalty was a little harsh then we conceded a couple of soft goals, but we kept going.

    "We conceded a bad goal early in the second half but credit to my guys they kept going. I am really proud. I am glad the game is out of the way because now we can concentrate on getting promotion.

    "With the weather and a couple of postponements it has been a bit bitty for us recently but now we can concentrate on the league. I am proud of them and we can focus on the second half of the season. I want to get promotion."

  6. 2147: 
    Cheltenham 1-5 Everton

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "Everton's sheer class, and the gap in the football hierarchy, was evident throughout tonight's rout but Cheltenham can now readjust their attention back to their push for League Two promotion, and they take with them a healthy £220,000 cash injection from their Cup exploits."

  7. 2147: 
    Cheltenham 1-5 Everton

    Everton goalscorer Leon Osman: "You need to go through. Each round is important and we had to get the job done. At the start of each half they came out with fight and make it difficult so the early goals were important.

    "The draw is not great, you want to be at home."

    Everton captain Phil Neville: "The manager played his full-strength team. The manager wasn't happy at half-time and we had to step it up. The early goals killed their enthusiasm but they never gave up.

    "David Moyes told us yesterday he wants to win the FA Cup. We've got one game a week now all season so tiredness shouldn't be an issue."

  8. 2140: 

    It's Bolton or Sunderland away for Everton in the fourth round. Those two sides meet in a replay on Tuesday 15 January.

  9. 2140: 

    Kenny Jarvis on Twitter: "Anichebe easily man of the match. Another excellent performance from the big man. Deserves a starting place now."

  10. 2139: 

    Adam on text: "Lucky policeman!! I had 4-1 and Jelavic first goal combo!! Gutted...."

  11. 2138:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Whaddon Road:Cheltenham 1-5 Everton

    "Cheltenham have played their part but they didn't have that bit of luck but the finishing of Everton has been impressive."

  12. 2137: 

    So it's a home game against York for Cheltenham on Saturday, and the home fans give both sides a rousing ovation as they leave the field. It was a strong side from Everton, and a strong performance. Can they win the Cup. Why not?

  13. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Cheltenham 1-5 Everton
  14. 2135: 

    Victor Anichebe is at it again, powering clear of the defence before running out of turf. There's no shame in this defeat for Cheltenham but it's back to the bread and butter of League Two for them.

  15. 2133:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Whaddon Road:

    "I can't remember Everton missing a chance. Every opportunity they have stuck away. It has been clinical. It was a great ball in for Marouane Fellaini and it really does make the finish easy. Victor Anichebe has really impressed tonight. Everton have been clinical in the extreme."

  16. 2131: 
    GOAL- Cheltenham 1-5 Everton - Marouane Fellaini (89 mins)

    Another assist for Victor Anichebe, who has had a busy night. He bursts away on the break, down the left this time, before picking out Marouane Fellaini in the middle. The Belgian slots home with ease, much to the delight of a local policeman in the crowd who has had a bet on 5-1 Everton at 33-1. Honestly.

  17. 2130: 

    Steven Naismith could make it five as he gets on the end of a cross from the right but he miskicks and Cheltenham get it away. At the other end Darryl Duffy falls over under a challenge from Bryan Oviedo but there are very half-hearted penalty appeals. Nothing doing.

  18. 2129: 

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "A few Everton fans making their way out of a very quiet ground. Apart from a few tasty challenges from a menacing-looking Russ Penn, the last 10 minutes has not given the home fans anything to cheer about."

  19. 2126: 

    Thomas Hitzlsperger nearly smashed the crossbar for Everton a few games ago, but when he gets the ball here he disappointingly spins a pass out wide. Steven Naismith does take on a shot but it's well over the bar.

    Leighton Baines on the bench has his feet in ice packs. His legs are certainly showing the scars of a busy festive period.

  20. 2124:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's John Motson at Whaddon Road:

    "The goals have come at good times for Everton tonight - and that always counts for a lot. This has been a learning curve for Mark Yates and his Cheltenham team. Everton have shown ruthlessness when it matters."

  21. 2123: 

    Jermaine McGlashan is replaced by Sam Deering in the Cheltenham side as Thomas Hitzlsperger gets 10 minutes. Nikica Jelavic is the man rested by Everton boss David Moyes.

  22. 2120: 

    Russell Penn has got through plenty of work in that Cheltenham midfield and he gets another long-range shot away, nothing wrong with the connection but it is straight at Tim Howard.

  23. 2118: 

    Cheltenham keep going as we tick into the last 15 minutes. Sido Jombati crosses from the right and Alan Bennett sends his header wide of the far post. Tim Howard has had a pretty easy night.

  24. 2116: 

    Paul on text: "Everton or Cheltenham need one more goal so this third round weekend's combined total alone is equal to what Messi scored in 2012."

    Great stat. If true...

  25. 2113: 

    Everton are totally in control now, popping the ball out with ease. Seamus Coleman whips in a low cross but Nikica Jelavic can't quite get it under control.

  26. 2111: 

    Leon Osman is replaced by Steven Naismith as we approach the last 20 minutes. Osman continues to impress.

  27. 2110: 

    Lee Farren on Twitter: "Heard of curse of the commentator, but curse of the live text? Ah well, 5-4 anyone?"

  28. 2108: 

    We are into the final 25 minutes of a pretty routine evening for Everton.

    Double change for the hosts as Jeff Goulding is replaced by Darryl Duffy, and Jake Taylor replaces Darren Carter.

  29. 2106: 

    He's so likeable, even the Cheltenham fans clap him off. Leighton Baines is replaced after a superb showing again, as Magaye Gueye comes on in his place.

  30. 2104: 
    Leon Osman scores for Everton

    Leon Osman's low finish at the start of the second half started a spell of three goals in nine minutes - with two of them going to Everton.

  31. 2103: 

    Farrukh Rouf on Twitter: "Leon Osman the English Iniesta #twinkletoes"

  32. 2102:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Whaddon Road:

    "Who has been awarded the Ballon D'Or? Lionel Messi would have been proud of that one. At full pace Seamus Coleman lifted the ball over the keeper with the most subtle of touches. A wonderful, wonderful goal by the fullback. I am just left open mouthed."

  33. 2100: 
    GOAL- Cheltenham 1-4 Everton - Seamus Coleman (58 mins)

    Ah, maybe not... Wonderful break from Everton restores their three-goal cushion. Again Victor Anichebe is involved, bursting down the right to find Seamus Coleman breaking into the area. He takes one touch to control the ball before lifting the second touch deftly over the head of Scott Brown. Top-class finish.

  34. 2059: 

    A note of optimism for you Cheltenham fans, I saw my team Northampton throw away a 3-1 lead at Whaddon Road a few years back to indeed lose 4-3 in stoppage-time. It can be done...

  35. 2059: 

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "Osman's goal brought silence to Whaddon Road; Penn's strike lifted the hypothetical roof off. Home fans chant an optimistic rhyme: "we're going to win 4-3".

  36. 2056: 

    Almost a second for Cheltenham, who have not given up on this one! Jermaine McGlashan delivers a teasing cross from the right which Jeff Goulding can attack, he is poised to head in from six yards but Sylvain Distin does just enough to put him off.

  37. 2055:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Whaddon Road:

    "That was reward for Cheltenham's hard work. They deserved that, no doubt about it but there is still two goals between them and it is still a massive ask."

  38. 2054: 
    GOAL- Cheltenham 1-3 Everton - Russell Penn (51 mins)

    Now then! Cheltenham respond instantly as Kaid Mohamed cuts the Everton defence open with a neat pass, Russell Penn runs off the back of Marouane Fellaini and smashes in left-footed at the near post.

  39. 2052: 
    GOAL- Cheltenham 0-3 Everton - Leon Osman (49 mins)

    Wonderful balance and composure as Leon Osman scores a potentially killer third. Victor Anichebe releases Leighton Baines on the overlap, he beats the offside trap before cutting the ball back to Osman. One body swerve dumps Steve Elliott on his backside and he still has time for another turn before slotting in from close range.

  40. 2050: 

    Victor Anichebe runs onto a ball forwards and shoots from range but it goes wide.

  41. 2048: 

    Cheltenham manager Mark Yates, speaking to ESPN: "We are disappointed with their penalty, there was a push before, but the lads are determined and we will give it a good shot."

  42. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Cheltenham 0-2 Everton

    The second half is underway.

  43. 2046: 
    Cheltenham 0-2 Everton

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "It all feels a bit flat here now. The Cheltenham fans certainly won't be surprised by the quality of Everton, but the hope and belief before kick off has all but disappeared. Everton fans have barely raised their voices - they're quietly confident."

  44. 2042: 

    Matthew Vins on Twitter: "I can think of a lot of people with a bad thing to say about Leighton Baines - that he doesn't play for their club."

    Mikey Rigby on Twitter: "Pablo Zabaleta is easily as likeable as Baines."

    Dave Philpot on Twitter: "As usual, Cheltenham play well enough, but lack the two things we need most: goals and luck."

  45. 2037: 

    You're a harsh lot on Leighton Baines. I've got a lot of time for his haircut. At least he's not got the tattooed sleeves and short hair of 95% of the other England lot.

    Anyway, we digress. Mark Yates is giving his teamtalk there, I can't hear what he is saying but if I can take a punt from his body language he is telling them to get a foot on it. Cheltenham need an early goal and then who knows?

  46. 2037: 

    John from London on text: "Is Leighton Baines the Bradley Wiggins of football?"

    Ellis in Greenwich on text: "Re 2028: only his haircut, Tom, Only his haircut."

    Lionel, Barcelona on text: "Re 2028: the only thing wrong with Baines is that barnet, it's terrible!!! Apart from that, the ideal pro."

  47. 2034:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Whaddon Road:

    "They have not made it easy Cheltenham. This is also a side who has not let their heads drop. They have stayed in it and gone with it and that will really give a tonic to Cheltenham manager Mark Yates. Lots of character and lots of spirit and fight as well."

  48. 2034: 

    Cheltenham defender Alan Bennett is right into the ear of referee Kevin Friend as the sides leave the field, he's clearly unhappy about that penalty awarded to the Toffees. I have to say he has a point, but you can't fault Everton's performance since they opened the scoring. Cheltenham will have to pull off something remarkable to turn this one around now.

  49. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Cheltenham 0-2 Everton
  50. 2031: 

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "Little Jermaine McGlashan spends 99% of his time sprinting up the flank, leaving League Two defenders for dead. No such like tonight - Everton have found him out and it's really hindering Cheltenham's creativity."

  51. 2028: 

    Good reaction from Leighton Baines. He is clattered by Jermaine McGlashan as he gets forward, it's quite an ugly challenge but Baines is quickly to his feet and shakes the hand of the Cheltenham man. Bainesy may just be the most likable Premier League footballer I can think of. Anyone got a bad word to say about him?

  52. 2027: 
    Everton boss David Moyes

    Everton boss David Moyes saw his team lose at Shrewsbury in the FA Cup third round in 2003 - but with two goals in the opening 21 minutes the Toffees were quickly in control at Cheltenham.

  53. 2026:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Whaddon Road:

    "That chance just then shows the difference between Premier League quality and League Two quality. The ball to Jermaine McGlashan was hit too hard and he was not able to control the ball and he ends up lashing it over. That is the difference in quality."

  54. 2022: 

    I don't care who you are, a good long throw is hard to deal with. Just ask Stoke's victims down the years. Marlon Pack does his best Rory Delap impression, Phil Neville doesn't get enough on it and Jermaine McGlashan has the chance for Cheltenham but puts his shot over the bar. Good chance as we enter the last 10 minutes of the half.

  55. 2019: 

    Cheltenham force a corner which Billy Jones arrows in but again Marouane Fellaini is the man in the right place to flick a header away. If he fancies a long end to his career he would make a wonderful League Two centre forward.

  56. 2018: 

    Jake on text: "Re 2011: Has Jelavic got no hands?"

  57. 2017:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Whaddon Road:

    "The two-goal advantage has shut the whole game down and Everton are moving the ball round well and, worryingly, starting to find a bit of space."

  58. 2015: 

    Some stattage about the impressive Leighton Baines for you. He has scored in two consecutive games for the first time in his career, and he has now scored in Everton's last four FA Cup third-round ties. Prolific.

    Back at the game, Everton are looking good now. Marouane Fellaini is in a league of his own and the Belgian fizzes a shot wide from 25 yards.

  59. 2013: 

    Dave in Reading on text: "I must say that I thought the penalty came from a foul throw."

  60. 2012: 

    Darren Carter remains the heartbeat of this Cheltenham team and he has another half chance, running on to Sido Jombati's cross and steering a volley over. Apparently Carter's short-term contract runs out at the end of the month. I wonder if any clubs from a step or two up are taking a look at him?

  61. 2012:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's John Motson at Whaddon Road:

    "We would have expected Cheltenham to get the benefit of that good start but they didn't and Everton have taken advantage. It is significant to remember that David Moyes came here with a very strong team and he was not taking any chances."

  62. 2011: 
    Nikica Jelavic (centre) celebrates scoring for Everton

    Nikica Jelavic scored Everton's first at Cheltenham - and it was his first goal for the club since he netted against Spurs on 9 December.

  63. 2010: 

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "The fourth official is having a quiet word in the ear of an exasperated Mark Yates, advising him to keep the noise down. Everton seem settled now and the penalty has killed the party atmosphere."

  64. 2009: 

    Alan Bennett was certainly all over the back of Marouane Fellaini there, but the Belgian made no attempt to jump. I'm not sure what the defender is supposed to do in that situation - a harsh penalty but a penalty nonetheless. What is in no doubt is that Fellaini remains a very difficult man to handle.

  65. 2007:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Whaddon Road:

    "This has killed it a little bit. They had done brilliantly so far and they were the only two real chances Everton have had. It was a very good penalty though."

  66. 2006: 
    GOAL- Cheltenham 0-2 Everton - Leighton Baines (21 mins)

    Metronomic precision from Leighton Baines, as he whips the spot-kick right into the corner and Everton are cruising here.

  67. 2005: 

    Alan Bennett clambers on the back of Marouane Fellaini as he tries to win a header and the referee gives a penalty.

  68. 2004: 

    Everton free-kick in Leighton Baines territory, he hits it beautifully and Scott Brown has to make a flying save! What a stop that is.

  69. 2005: 

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "Mark Yates, his assistant Neil Howarth and 6,000 expectant Robins fans are urging the Cheltenham players to regroup after conceding a sloppy goal."

  70. 2003: 

    Cheltenham have a free-kick in a decent area and Billy Jones puts in a very good cross, only to see the huge head of Marouane Fellaini prove its worth at the other end to flick it away. Good defending.

    Cheltenham keep the ball alive though and Darren Carter slams a shot into the chest of Tim Howard. Good spell for the hosts.

  71. 2000: 

    Cheltenham have been dealing with the aerial threat of Everton very well so far but Marouane Fellaini wins his first header of the night, and Everton should be 2-0 up. Fellaini heads down into the path of Nikica Jelavic, but he snatches at the shot and puts it five yards wide.

  72. 2000: 

    Russell Penn has had a lively start for Cheltenham, snapping into tackles, but he has hurt himself here after tackling Victor Anichebe in midfield. A bit of treatment and he will hope to continue.

  73. 1959:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Whaddon Road:

    "Cheltenham will be gutted. They had started so well in this game, they really had. It is a great finish though, I thought the ball was past him but to finish like he did is magnificent. You can see the body language of the Cheltenham players, they will be gutted."

  74. 1958: 
    GOAL- Cheltenham 0-1 Everton - Nikica Jelavic (12 mins)

    I told you he was better than that! Everton lead with their first real quality move. Marouane Fellaini collects a backheel from Bryan Oviedo and curls a low shot against the far post. Nikica Jelavic is onside and reacts well to mop up the loose ball and slide in from close range. Perfect start for the Premier League side.

  75. 1957: 

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "Mark Yates has not stopped bellowing at his Cheltenham players since the whistle blew - and they seem to be responding so far. Yates's counterpart seems a little more pensive but not at all unnerved by his side's somewhat hesitant start."

  76. 1955: 

    Bryan Oviedo shows good desire to nip in and win the ball back high up the pitch but the move falls down as Nikica Jelavic gives the ball away. Poor from the Everton striker, he's better than that.

    It's a bit sloppy from Everton in general at the moment and Tim Howard gives one of his defenders a huge ticking off as he collects a pass. Not sure who he was glaring at but he is unhappy.

  77. 1953: 

    Jamie in Manchester on text: "David Moyes is a real class act and has grown as a manager. Showing the cup the respect it deserves even though he hasn't always in the past. Does he think this is a competition they can compete for? I know I do..."

  78. 1952:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Whaddon Road:

    "Kaid Mohamed did not need to pass that. He has so much time and space but he passed it instead of shooting. He has a slap on the wrist from me because I think that was a great chance."

  79. 1951: 

    Good chance for the hosts! A long ball is pumped down the left, Kaid Mohamed is too strong for Seamus Coleman on the left and when he squares it to Darren Carter, the former West Brom man scuffs his shot wide of the corner. That has got the fans going though. A promising opening.

  80. 1950: 

    The first shot of the night comes from Marouane Fellaini as the big Belgian crashes in a shot on the run from 25 yards but it is never really threatening the target. It skids wide and the home fans breathe a sigh of relief.

  81. 1949:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Whaddon Road:

    "As that ball bounced Sylvain Distin took a little longer than he would have liked. He has been a very decent acquisition for Everton, but Cheltenham nearly got in there."

  82. 1947: 

    Everton have only lost one of their last 20 away ties in the third round of the FA Cup, but it was David Moyes's first.

    The Toffees lost at Shrewsbury in 2003, when Nigel Jemson scored the winner if my memory serves me right. It's a very scrappy start from both sides in the opening stages.

  83. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Cheltenham 0-0 Everton

    Game on at Whaddon Road.

  84. 1943:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge at Whaddon Road:Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    "This is what you play football for. With all due respect this might be the biggest game some of these Cheltenham lads may play. Of course you get nervous but you shouldn't let that take control otherwise it just drains you."

  85. 1943: 

    Ian Davidson on Twitter: "I choose to believe Leighton Baines chose not to be in the World XI so he could play against Cheltenham tonight."

  86. 1941: 
    Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    Everton manager David Moyes: "We have a tie where we play against lower opposition. It has not always been the easiest thing for us in the past and we are well aware of how difficult it will be.

    "Lower league opposition tend to get themselves better prepared for these games and you have to be ready for that and take on that challenge."

  87. 1940: 
    Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    The Everton players are in the tunnel - it is a rocking atmosphere at Whaddon Road. The Gold Cup has got nothing on this.

    The going is good, Victor Anichebe has been passed fit after a lengthy gallop this morning, let's get this one on...

  88. 1939:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    "The argument about who is the greatest footballer ever can never be definitive. Different eras & different game. But this is the Messi era."

  89. 1938: 
    Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman, at Whaddon Road, on Twitter: "A few small Robins fans are sporting Fellaini-type wigs - in red, of course."

  90. 1936: 

    So we are just 10 minutes away from kick-off. Is there a Cupset in the air? David Moyes has named a strong side, he will expect to get this one done tonight. If Darren Carter can get on the ball though, things could happen.

    Cheltenham would do well not to give away too many free-kicks 30 yards out after Leighton Baines's blockbuster last week. That man has got a deadly left peg.

  91. 1935: 

    Independent journalist Sam Wallace on Twitter: "Roy Hodgson's Ballon D'Or vote (he gets one as a national team manager): 1) Messi; 2) Ronaldo; 3) Falcao"

  92. 1931: 

    The season for goodwill is well and truly over now, and the sackings are coming thick and fast in the Championship.

    Wolves have today confirmed Dean Saunders as their new boss to replace Stale Solbakken, while Barnsley are in talks with Inverness boss Terry Butcher after they binned Keith Hill.

    Sean O'Driscoll - who was himself bizarrely fired from the Nottingham Forest job over the Christmas period - has turned down the Tykes job. He was in the running for the Wolves job and he is also one of the favourites to replace Saunders at Doncaster.

    It's been a busy week in the O'Driscoll household.

  93. 1929: 

    Rebecca in Derby on text via 81111: "I'm a Macclesfield fan, my brother supports Cheltenham. He may not like it if we go further in the cup! (And surely we were a shock result!)"

  94. 1927: 
    LINE-UPS- Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    Cheltenham: Brown, Jombati, Bennett, Elliott, Jones, McGlashan, Pack, Carter, Mohamed, Penn, Goulding. Subs: Roberts, Lowe, Hooman, Deering, Duffy, Harrad, Taylor.

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville, Osman, Anichebe, Fellaini, Oviedo, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy.

    Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

  95. 1926: 
    Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "The usually docile Whaddon Road is buzzing with anticipation. Cheltenham haven't managed a sell-out crowd since 2007 - when they beat Leeds 1-0 in League One - but just under 7,000 are expected through the gate tonight, and most of them are crowding the sidelines trying to get a glimpse of the Premier League elite."

  96. 1926: 
    Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    The Robins took on a top-flight team last season as well, going down 3-0 at White Hart Lane to Tottenham Hotspur.

    "Spurs put out a second string side and they were still too good for us," Mark Yates said this week.

    "This is slightly different. We're at home in front of our supporters on a pitch that, for our league, is one of the best.

    "Hopefully that can level it out. Not that it is in any way, shape or form in a poor condition, but hopefully the surroundings they won't be used to.

    "The tightness of the ground, the small changing rooms and hopefully on the day we can be as good as we can be and they're a little bit low, we get a little bit of luck and things happen for us."

  97. 1921: 
    Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    Everton manager David Moyes may have had a busy festive programme, but he will not under-estimate Cheltenham.

    He said: "The fans want us to play our strongest possible line-up in every game but [other] players have to play because if they don't they may be thrust into big games.

    "We have a few knocks and we'll have to assess who will be fit and who won't. There is always a determination in every cup competition we are in - it's not always worked out that way but we'll try to win this one."

  98. 1920: 

    SJC961 on Twitter: "Used to play alongside Jake Taylor who's on the bench for Cheltenham tonight, whereas I'm stuck writing an essay. Such is life."

  99. 1918: 
    Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    Everton assistant boss Steve Round: "We're really looking forward to the game, it's a proper FA Cup tie but we are going into it in good form and the lads are confident. We know what we are up against and what we are in for.

    "We have prepared the same as we would for a Premier League game. We have some tough characters who understand how to deal with these kind of games - the likes of Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka."

  100. 1916: 
    Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    Cheltenham's preparations for the arrival of Everton were hit by a burglary at their training ground yesterday, but Robins boss Mark Yates will be determined not to let that hamper his side's bid to cause an upset.

    He said: "It's at home, cameras are here, we were fortunate enough to get the cameras here in the previous round against Hereford but that was them hoping for a giant killing against us, a non-league side beating us.

    "For this one, hopefully everyone wants to see the underdog win. We'll give it our best shot."

  101. 1915: 

    Cheltenham may be hoping for a smash-and-grab win tonight, but they were the victims of a robbery over the weekend.

    The break-in at Season's Swindon Village, Cheltenham, was reported at 1230 GMT on Sunday. Wallets, a smart phone, watches and car keys were among the items taken.

    This country.

  102. 1914: 

    Michael Mabbitt on Twitter: "Would seeding Prem League teams for third round would mean more money-spinning clashes for lower league clubs instead all Prem Clashes?"

  103. 1912: 

    The most well-known face in the Cheltenham team is arguably midfielder Darren Carter.

    Carter came to prominence by scoring the winning penalty for Birmingham as they won promotion to the Premier League in 2002. He's had a couple of million-pound moves since, spent the whole of last season technically unemployed thanks to injury worries, but is now bossing it in League Two.

    He for one will not be overawed by playing a Premier League team. He may be overawed by coming up against Marouane Fellaini though. The man has been a beast in the top flight this season.

  104. 1910: 

    Cheltenham midfielder Marlon Pack on Twitter: "I used to dream about playing football matches of tonight's calibre when I was a kid..... #buzzing"

  105. 1910: 

    Cheltenham boss Mark Yates took his side to the play-off final in League Two last season. They were beaten on the day by Crewe, thanks in part to a stunning goal from teenager Nick Powell. Whatever happened to him?

    Cheltenham have continued their fine form this season, and come into this game in fourth place in the table. Promotion undoubtedly remains the club's priority - but a nice Cup run is always a bonus.

    Biggest day in the club's history? It will be if they win...

  106. 1908: 

    David Moyes took his side to the FA Cup final in 2009, when you may recall Louis Saha scoring the fastest final goal in history.

    The Frenchman lashed in after 25 seconds to put Everton ahead - but Chelsea fought back to take the trophy.

    Could this be their year? The way Everton have been playing you would have to make them contenders - but they have to get past Cheltenham first. That won't be easy.

  107. 1907: 

    Kishun Buddha on Twitter: "Stoke's defence > World XI defence"

  108. 1905: 
    Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    Everton boss David Moyes makes just three changes to the side who defeated Newcastle last week. Defender Seamus Coleman, midfielder Bryan Oviedo and striker Victor Anichebe all start. As expected, John Heitinga misses out due to injury.

    For Cheltenham, former Birmingham midfielder Darren Carter has overcome an injury concern to take his place in Mark Yates's side. Carter picked up a knock in the defeat to Oxford United, but has been passed fit to play.

  109. 1905: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "How is RVP not in team of the season?? #fifa"

  110. 1905: 

    Also at the Ballon d'or awards this evening, the Fifa world team of the year was announced, with not a single Premier League player making it in. Not even Tony Hibbert.

    Should we be surprised? I guess not. Here is the full, exclusively La Liga side:

    Casillas, Alves, Pique, Ramos, Marcelo, Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Falcao, Ronaldo

  111. 1859: 

    At the Ballon d'or awards, Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has just been awarded the Ballon d'Or for a record fourth consecutive year. He is quite good.

  112. 1859: 
    Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose reports: "With 67 places between them, the visit of Everton tonight is being seen as one of the biggest matches in Cheltenham's 126-year history. The Robins have reached the third round in three of the last five seasons, but have progressed beyond that just once in the last 10 years.

    "Everton arrive at Whaddon Road in imperious form. With just one defeat in their last nine games even if a few players are rested they should have enough quality to progress. But this is the FA Cup after all and of course anything can happen…"

  113. 1858: 

    So then people, are we in for a Cupset tonight? Can Cheltenham possibly turn it on? Or just how much havoc is Maroune Fellaini going to cause?

    Let us know your thoughts on tonight's game, the FA Cup weekend as a whole or the breaking news that Lionel Messi is in fact the best player in the world - confirmed.

    Text us on 81111 (UK Only) and Tweet in using the hashtag #bbcfootball. Nice one.

  114. 1855: 

    Everton defender John Heitinga on Twitter: "Unfortunately I miss today's FA Cup game of Everton due to a small injury. #COYB"

  115. 1855: 

    Everton have never met Cheltenham before in their history and David Moyes' side have everything to lose.

    In a weekend without any stellar shocks, and with Newcastle and Southampton the only top flight sides to bow out of the FA Cup so far, the trip to Whaddon Road could be a tricky one for the Toffees. That is a strong line-up though.

  116. 1852: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Cheltenham v Everton (1945 GMT)

    Marouane Fellaini, Nikica Jelavic, Phil Neville and Leon Osman all start in a strong Everton side.

  117. 1850: 

    Every spring, the eyes of the sporting media fall squarely on Cheltenham as thousands of punters arrive in the Gloucestershire town for a festival of sport.

    Horses are the draw in these parts - It's more Gold Cup country than FA Cup.

    So we may be two months early, we may not have a crowd approaching six figures, and there's no sign of John McCririck - but there is a hurdle for Everton to clear in the guise of League Two opposition.

    There'll be plenty of thrills and spills on the agenda - will the Toffees fall at the first fence?

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7 Jan 2013 23:59 UK