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FA Cup: Chelsea, Everton dominate lower league foes to advance

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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.

Premier League Player of the Week – Round 11

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Arouna Kone is enjoying a return to form under Roberto Martinez, and the veteran Ivorian striker has topped his latest star performance with a Premier League Player of the Week nod.

The 31-year-old Everton striker scored thrice in the Toffees’ 6-2 destruction of Sunderland, bringing his goal total to five this young season.

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That’s his best total since joining the Goodison Park set in 2013 on the heels of an 11-goal PL performance with Martinez’s Wigan Athletic side the previous season.

Kone is the second Everton player to net a hat trick this season, and the third to earn POTW honors.

Premier League Players of the Week

Week 1: Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Week 2: Romelu Lukaku, Everton

Week 3: Callum Wilson, Bournemouth

Week 4: Bafetimbi Gomis, Swansea City

Week 5: Steven Naismith, Everton

Week 6: Anthony Martial, Manchester United

Week 7: Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Week 8: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Week 9: Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

Week 10: Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

Week 11: Arouna Kone, Everton

Premier League roundup: Chelsea, Liverpool suffer stunning home defeats

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What a crazy Saturday we saw during Week 4 of the Premier League.

Both Chelsea and Liverpool were humbled at home by Crystal Palace and West Ham respectively, while Manchester City took full advantage of those slip ups by beating Watford.

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Elsewhere Tim Howard stood on his head to hold off Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, Arsenal ground out a 1-0 win away at 10-man Newcastle United and their were draws at Aston Villa and Bournemouth, while nine-man Stoke City lost at home to West Bromwich Albion.

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Here’s a quick recap of all the games with plenty of reaction, videos and analysis below.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal PalaceRECAP

In Jose Mourinho’s 100th home game in charge of Chelsea, he lost a home match for just the second time in the Premier League. Bakary Sako put Palace ahead in the second half but Radamel Falcao jumped off the bench to head Chelsea level in the 79th minute. Moments later Palace were back in front as Joel Ward headed home the winner and the Eagles could have increased their lead late on. Chelsea is now eight points behind Manchester City after four games. Mourinho looks a worried man as the defending champs continue their slow start.

Liverpool 0-3 West Ham UnitedRECAP

What a win for the Hammers as they shocked Liverpool to win at Anfield for the first time since 1963. West Ham led 2-0 at the break after Manuel Lanzini scores his first goal for the club, then Mark Noble added another. In the second half both Philippe Coutinho and Noble were sent off but Diafra Sakho added another goal late on to seal a superb win for the Hammers after they had gone 42 games without a win at Anfield. For Liverpool, it was their first defeat of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 EvertonRECAP

Tim Howard put in a Man of the Match display to deny a goal-shy Harry Kane as Everton and Tottenham battled out a 0-0 stalemate at White Hart Lane. Howard stopped from Kane in a one-on-one duel in the 23rd minute and the USMNT star made a string of fine saves to keep Spurs at bay. Everton’s best chance was Arouna Kone’s second half header which went just wide, while two nasty injuries to Tom Cleverley and Moussa Dembele saw both men stretchered off.

Manchester City 2-0 WatfordRECAP

Second half goals from Raheem Sterling (his first for City) and Fernandinho sealed a comfortable win for City as Watford failed to score for the third-straight game. The Hornets struggled to get any stranglehold on the game and it’s now a perfect four wins from four to start the season for Manuel Pellegrini‘s side who are top of the table heading into the international break.

Newcastle United 0-1 ArsenalRECAP

The Gunners made hard work of this one. Despite playing 74 minutes up a man after Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s red card, an own goal from Fabricio Coloccini was the only difference between the two teams as Arsene Wenger‘s side continue to limp through the opening weeks of the season. A win is a win, but plenty of credit has to go to Newcastle for battling on and making a game of this.

Aston Villa 2-2 SunderlandRECAP

A double from Scott Sinclair had Villa ahead but the Black Cats fought back to grab a point as M’Vila had opened the scoring with a cracking free kick and another new boy, Jeremain Lens, leveled things up to share the spoils. Neither Villa or Sunderland will be happy with a point, but as new players continue to bed in, not the worst result in the world.

Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester CityRECAP

Callum Wilson‘s stunning bicycle kick looked to have handed the Cherries all three points for the second-straight game but a late penalty from Jamie Vardy, which he won, stole the victory away from Bournemouth down on the South Coast. Leicester’s unbeaten run is now stretched to four games, while the Cherries will rue more points dropped at home after dominating.

Tottenham 0-0 Everton: Howard stands tall as Toffees weather Spurs storm

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Tim Howard made several key saves as Tottenham dominated the attacking sense but were held goalless at White Hart Lane.

Spurs put 20 shots on Howard’s net, but just six of those were on target and none made it through. Everton sputtered up front, but held on for dear life as the game wound down.

Both teams showed attacking intent in the opening 20 minutes, with Tom Cleverley coming closest on 16 minutes, denied by a diving Hugo Lloris save needed after Kyle Walker gave the ball away in a dangerous area. For Spurs, Naleb Bentaleb had the best early chance in the 15th minute, curling a shot just wide after a pass from Nacer Chadli out wide.

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The game continued to provide exciting moments as Spurs took control, with Harry Kane finding himself clean through on goal after 22 minutes but took his time and couldn’t slide the ball past Howard who made an excellent save well away from his goal.

Howard was called upon again two minutes before the half-hour mark as Chadli found Ryan Mason from a tight angle but the American goalkeeper denied Spurs a second time.

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A controversial tackle brought a stop to the game just minutes before halftime as Eric Dier scythed down Tom Cleverley, with the latter needing an air cast and the stretcher to bring him off. Dier won the ball in the tackle, but also made a dangerous scissor motion with his legs. The referee, however, saw no reason to punish the Spurs defender. The injury sucked the life out of the game, and the final minutes of the first half had a depressing feel.

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Following halftime, another nasty injury forced Spurs midfielder Moussa Dembele to be stretchered off, but the home side stayed on top of the shot advantage as Howard saved well on Mason again in the 55th minute. Spurs continued to be frustrated as Chadli found Kane whose first shot was blocked, and while the rebound came back to the striker, he fell amid heavy pressure.

The home fans continued to wait for an opener as Jan Vertonghen with 20 minutes to go burst forward to the top of the box and skipped past a challenge before striking an impressive shot just over the bar while falling down.

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Despite Everton’s struggles, they got an opportunity with 18 minutes left as Arouna Kone flashed a header just inches wide. Spurs regained the ascendency and Kane had the ball in the back of the net but the offside flag went up. The game remained tense, but neither side found a breakthrough as it all bogged down in the final minutes.

Spurs remain without a win on the season with just three points on three draws thus far, and Kane has not yet scored in league play. Everton moves to five points with the draw.

Southampton 0-3 Everton: Lukaku, Barkley give Toffees easy win

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  • Lukaku opened the scoring after 21 minutes 
  • Belgian doubled the lead on stroke of half time
  • Barkley curled home late to seal win
  • Pelle had Saints’ best chance with a volley in second half
  • Everton only had 1 clean sheet in 17 PL away games before this

Everton cruised to a 3-0 win away at Southampton on Saturday, as the Toffees scored twice in the first half through Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley wrapped up the win late on.

Roberto Martinez men looked the more dangerous throughout at St Mary’s and Southampton struggled defensively while creating few chances. With the win, Everton now has four points from their opening two games and Saints have just one point after this humbling defeat.

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Everton started the brighter of the two teams and deservedly went ahead in the 21st minute after an electric counter attack. Southampton had a corner cleared and Ross Barkley raced down the pitch, feeding the ball into Arouna Kone who clipped in a perfect cross for Lukaku to head home. Boom. 1-0 to the Toffees and just 17 seconds had passed from Saints having a corner at one end of the pitch and the ball hitting the back of their own net at the other.

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The home side tried to gather themselves before the break but lost the ball in possession easily and could easily have been 2-0 down on 29 minutes. Lukaku again ran at the heart of Saints’ shaky defense and he played in Barkley who had his tame shot saved by Maarten Stekelenburg, then Tom Cleverley fired a follow-up miserably wide.

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That was a warning sign Saints didn’t take notice off and although Victor Wanyama headed over in the 35th minute, it was 2-0 to Everton right on the stroke of half time. That man Lukaku was again a menace, as he won the ball in midfield, drove forward and played a great one-two with Barkley before sweeping the ball home for his and Everton’s second. The Toffees were cruising.

In the second half Saints came out all guns blazing an in the 52nd minute Graziano Pelle sent a volley goalwards that Tim Howard saved well. New signing Oriol Romeu looked composed in possession but picked up a yellow card just three minutes into his debut.

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Pelle had a few other chances in and around the box, as the Italian international headed over from a Steven Davis corner at the back post, but it was Everton who had the last word. Barkley found space on the left hand side of the box and curled a sumptuous effort into the far corner for his second PL goal in as many games this season.