Yesterday saw our boys in blue overcome a first half deficit to book a place at Wembley stadium for the first time since the 1995 F.A. Cup victory over Manchester United. It certainly was no easy task however as Everton had to face down a battling Middlesbrough side who had the run of play for the majority of the first half. If ever there were a match of two halves this certainly was it.
In the first, Everton looked a team adrift, not quite linking up, a little slow on the uptake and defending rather sloppily. Still I thought the goal by Middlesbrough on the stroke of halftime was a bit undeserved despite the run of play, Middlesbrough just did not pose much threat in the final third even with a terribly lackluster Everton on the field. Come the second half though, Everton looked truly galvanized, thanks in no small part to a good ripping Moyes and his assistant gave them at halftime. It would also appear that Cahill is now not only a striker/forward/attacking midfielder but a winger as well (in addition to being a part time defender), that cross he sent in to Fellaini for the first goal was simply immaculate. Substitute Louis Saha bagged the second not too much later to seal Middlesbrough’s fate, the final score 2-1.
Unfortunately, the draw hasn’t been kind to Everton for the semi-final as we now face Manchester United who are currently attempting to win five trophies in one season. That being said though, if there is a team that can stop the juggernaut that is Man U it has got to be Everton. With our tough as nails defence and a team spirit to match we may just be able to clobber our way through to the finals. Time will tell though, the semi-final match is slated for April, up next Stoke City in league play.
Full match report here