All the FA Cup magic today belonged to the big boys.
Chelsea and Everton both advanced with ease past their lower league opponents, as the Toffees skated by Carlisle United 3-0 and the Blues took care of MK Dons 5-1.
Carlisle 0-3 Everton
With Everton in a slump and Carlisle facing stadium adversity, the magical script was written. Except nobody followed it. Arouna Kone scored less than two minutes into the match, and Everton dominated from the word “go” as Aaron Lennon was a positive and Kone filled in for Romelu Lukaku without missing a beat.
Carlisle may be League Two competition, and that showed, but Everton needs every bit of positive energy they can grasp at the moment. The win is the club’s first in any competition since a pair of cup win in early January, having not won in Premier League play since Boxing Day.
Unfortunately, the match was marred by a racist incident that prompted a PA announcement that asked the crowd to stop.
MK Dons 1-5 Chelsea
Oscar picked up a first-half hat-trick and it was smooth sailing from there as Chelsea cruised past Milton Keynes Dons. The Blues were nearly perfect as all their attacking players were on point. Maybe the best part for Chelsea fans is that Eden Hazard scored for the first time in 273 days, a 55th minute penalty that put Chelsea 4-1 up. Guus Hiddink is still perfect in now five FA Cup matches, having won the competition with the Blues after taking over in 2008/09.