Monday 5 December 2016

McGeady gives O'Neill cause for concern

Published 23/09/2015 | 02:30

O'Neill was hoping that the out-of-favour winger would get some game-time
O'Neill was hoping that the out-of-favour winger would get some game-time

Martin O'Neill was given some cause for concern last night as Aiden McGeady was not part of the Everton squad for their League Cup win at Reading. The Ireland manager was hoping that the out-of-favour winger would get some game-time.

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Darron Gibson was an unused sub, while Seamus Coleman was rested as a precaution as his hamstring continues to heal. James McCarthy was the only Irish international involved.

The Premier League side had appeared at risk of elimination when the impressive Nick Blackman gave Reading the lead, but after Roberto Martinez changed his team for the second half the superior quality in Everton's squad inspired victory.

Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu struck after the break as Everton marched through to the last 16.

Elsewhere, Andy King's header in the second period of extra-time saw Leicester through to the fourth round after a 2-1 win over West Ham.

The tie looked destined for a penalty shoot-out until King struck.

Mark Hughes saw Peter Crouch score the goal to knock his former club Fulham, with the 34-year-old making just his second start of the season.

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