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Everton progressed to the 4th round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace with more than 37,000 fans watching at Goodison Park and none watching on the telly thanks to BBC and ITV choosing to show Love Island!!!!!!!!! [BBC]
Sean Dyche was satisfied at the final whistle:
“I’m pleased with the result. On the performance, we have played better and lost actually. We never really found a true groove during the game, but there was slightly more purpose to our play in the second half.
"In the first half, we never really found the fluid play that we’d like to find. Saying that, a fantastic goal seals it in the end. But we did look solid, we never looked in too much trouble with the shape of the team or the energy of the team. That’s a good base for us to build on this season, when we are not playing well [and still getting the win]. In the end, it proves it with another clean sheet and we are three unbeaten now.” [EFC]
Andre Gomes scored the first goal of the game with a stunner. It was 196 games since an Everton player had scored from a free kick with 75 chances to score directly in those games.
Everton player ratings for the FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace. [Echo]
Dyche made some comments in his programme notes regarding the second charge for breaking profit and sustainability rules:
As you can appreciate, there is not a lot I can say on the issue at this moment in time, other than to confirm the Club will deal with the matter in due course and continues to prepare for the appeal process over the 10-point deduction handed to us in November. The total focus for the squad, my staff and I remains on the pitch, sticking together - as we have done with our fans all season - and winning football matches. [EFC]
Arsenal have been linked with a move to sign Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite, a player they could’ve landed for just £1 million four years ago. [The Boot Room]
The Premier League’s CEO appeared to refer to Everton and Nottingham Forest as “small clubs,” prompting backlash from fans online. [Independent]
The My Everton series shows how distance cannot diminish an Evertonian’s passion. [EFC]
Farhad Moshiri must take the blame for Everton’s financial mess - his reign has been shambolic. [Echo]
What to Watch
No action in the UK’s top divisions, however, the Asia Cup and AFCON continue.
Full schedule of games here.