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5 Telling Stats from Everton’s Wild 5-4 Win Over Spurs

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What did the numbers tell us about an FA Cup game for the ages?

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

9 goals.

120 minutes.

But what did the rest of the numbers tell us about Everton’s epic back-and-forth tie against Tottenham Hotspur?

Corner Weakness

Three goals conceded from corners

Spurs took the lead with a glancing header from a corner that closely mirrored Callum Wilson’s winner at Goodison a couple of weeks ago.

Those quality balls into the near post provided us problems all night, with Spurs grabbing a near identical goal for their third, while their fourth goal also came from a corner.

Spurs didn’t make it easy for Everton with the outstanding deliveries and a six-yard box full of bodies, but the Blues need to learn their lessons from this quickly.

Doucoure and Davies Immense

Pair had the most touches in Blues shirts (Davies 95, Doucoure 85)

Although Gylfi, DCL and Richie were all well amongst the goals and assists, it was the non-stop energetic displays of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Tom Davies that most caught the eye.

The pair covered every blade of grass, made crucial tackles and interceptions (7 combined), while Davies had the highest pass success rate (90.7%) of any midfielder or attacked on the pitch.

Phenomenal from both.

Davies + Doucoure Combined Passes v Spurs

Gylfi

Goal and three assists

Of course, the displays of Davies and Doucoure shouldn’t take away from the importance of Gylfi’s performance here.

With James Rodriguez ruled out, Gylfi stepped into the creative void, with his winning assist absolutely oozing the spirit of the Colombian.

Seen it all before

The second 5-4 win in Carlo’s 1110 competitive games as a manager

The coolest man in the stadium (and undoubtedly Merseyside) when Everton went into a 5-4 lead in extra-time was Carlo Ancelotti.

He just took a swig of his hot beverage amongst the pandemonium.

But when you’re taking charge of your 1110th competitive match as a professional manager, you’ve seen everything there is to see. Including 5-4 wins.

His other 5-4 win came in 2017, when his Bayern Munich side came from behind three times to win at RB Leipzig.

It was also Everton’s first 5-4 win since beating Watford FC in 1984.

Quarters

Blues into the last 8 for the first time in 5 years

This was a tricky test. On paper and in reality.

But Everton got through it and now just three games stand between the Blues and a 26 year wait for a trophy.

COYB.