We all had a go at picking the side and we all got it wrong. Up front was the most interesting, we had Big Vic and the forgotten Faddy leading the line.
Billy and Felli were in the middle of the park with Maggie and Landon on the flanks. At the back there was a well deserved rest for Bainsey so Phil went left back and Seamus was back on the right. We had Johnny and Sylvain in the middle
Joining Bainsey on the bench were Royston, Strack, Tolis, Duffers, Connor and the Bannerman
Everton thankfully got off to start they needed. After five minutes Landon swung over a corner that the Tamworth goalie completely missed and there was Johnny at the far post to head onto the underside of the cross bar and down into the net
We had a couple of decent chances soon after but couldn't covert
First a decent save stopped Big Vic giving us a second and then decent footy from Billy and Landon gave Faddy a decent chance but his effort was went wide
Kyle Patterson on the half hour hit a hell of an effort that just fizzed passed the post of Tim Howard. It gave us all an indication that Everton had to be very careful
Tamworth were giving it their all and in the last fifteen minutes forced 4 corners and gave us some nervy moments. I would say that David Moyes was the manager who was glad that the half time whistle went
Everton 1 Tamworth 0
There wasn't much going on in the early stages of the first half.
Felli spat his dummy out for being tackled and Seamus Coleman had to come off for Everton's best player Leighton Baines
It is not very good when you want a left back to come on and shake thing up a little bit
The most exciting thing happened was on the hour is that "Operation Goodison" was successful and also Royston Drenthe came on for Faddy
Dennis came on for Victor with about 20 minutes to go
Everton were struggling to make any inroads to the non league club and it was getting more and more depressing watching this performance
Billy brought a decent save from Joe Collister
Royston came on with his usual enthusiasm and burst into the box and got dragged down to get the penalty. Leighton stroked home to put us 2 nil up. The good thing about Royston is he makes things happen.
Landon went close to making it three when his rocket hit the post and bounced wide.
Everton were through to the next round of the FA Cup and that was the most important thing about the result. Well done to Tamworth, they frustrated Everton and gave it everything they had
As for Everton, we just did enough to get through and maybe that's ok, but the performance didn't give us any real hope for the rest of the season. It'll be hard going.
Everton never let you down
I'm giving Leighton Baines my Man of the match because I want to
Full Time Everton 2 Tamworth 0