Coleman injury woe as Everton silence Lambs
Everton 2 Tamworth 0
Published 08/01/2012 | 05:00
Everton manager David Moyes praised FA Cup minnows Tamworth after seeing his side pushed all the way by the Blue Square Premier League team at Goodison Park.
The Lambs' hopes of becoming the first non-league team to knock out a top-flight side since Sutton beat Coventry in 1989 were hit inside the first five minutes when Johnny Heitinga put the hosts in front.
But Tamworth gave as good as they got after that, particularly in the latter stages of the first half, and it was not until Leighton Baines made it 2-0 with a penalty 11 minutes from time that victory was sewn up.
"Tamworth did really well, kept at it and, while it was only 1-0 there was always a chance. We missed a few chances to make it 2-0 early on, which might have put it to bed, but for the neutrals it kept the game alive," said Moyes.
"They threatened a bit from corners and free-kicks but I thought we had a level of control that was enough to probably see the game out."
Everton's lack of financial clout has made challenging for the top spots in the Premier League very difficult and a decent run in the cup would be a welcome distraction.
"For Everton the cup run is important. Once you get two or three rounds through then you can starting talking about cup runs," added Moyes.
Everton took the lead after five minutes, Heitinga heading in Landon Donovan's corner and Victor Anichebe, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and James McFadden all missed chances to double the advantage.
But Tamworth came more and more into the game as the first half wore on and Kyle Patterson almost scored a goal worthy of the Premier League after running from the halfway line to the edge of the area before planting his shot wide.
The second half was a scrappy affair, but the decisive moment came in the Tamworth box when Sam Habergham was ruled to have pulled down Royston Drenthe. Substitute Baines confidently dispatched the penalty with 11 minutes left and Everton almost netted a third but Donovan's shot hit the angle of the post and bar.
Everton have been hit hard by injuries recently and the one major negative for Moyes was the sight of Seamus Coleman limping off with a recurrence of a thigh problem.
The Toffees boss added: "Everybody's going to get injuries, and we don't need any more, but if we are going to get injuries it might as well be when the transfer window's open."
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