Brentford v Everton
Everton are out of the Carling Cup after a penalty shoot-out defeat against Brentford.
The Blues played well enough and created sufficient chances but they failed to kill off their league One opponents and paid the ultimate penalty.
The first goal of the game came after just six minutes from a most unlikely source.
Yakubu’s effort was diverted into the path of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and when he teed up Seamus Coleman, the Irishman made no mistake from eight yards.
Everton were very much in the early ascendency and the home keeper Richard Lee had to be alert to gather a Bilyaletdinov header.
On 17 minutes Magaye Gueye slipped Yakubu in with a nicely weighted pass but again Lee was quick to react and from the breakaway Nicky Adams rifled a shot from distance narrowly wide.
Marouane Fellaini then forced Lee into another save and the Belgian midfielder also hit the foot of the post as The Toffees threatened a second goal.
Indeed, the visiting dominance certainly merited another goal so it was a surprise when the League One outfit levelled.
Brentford’s main threat had been the blistering pace of Myles Weston on the left wing and it was he who crafted the equaliser in the 40th minute when he outpaced the Everton backline and crossed for Gary Alexander to head powerfully into the net.
Twelve minutes into the second half, Weston again ran at the Everton defence and when Coleman clipped his heels inside the box the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
MacDonald struck his penalty-kick well enough but Jan Mucha made an excellent stop and the Blues scrambled the rebound away for a corner.
Everton’s response was positive and when Gueye whipped in a dangerous centre, Bilyaletdinov’s header was well palmed away by Lee.
Leon Osman was next to try his luck but his low shot drifted harmlessly wide before David Moyes rang the changes with 23 minutes remaining when he withdrew Bilyaletdinov and Gueye for Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar.
Osman, who had a fine match in midfield for Everton, almost unlocked the home defence when he curled a shot over the keeper but it was just too high.
On 77, a Fellaini knockdown fell to Yakubu inside the 6-yard box but Lee smothered the final shot and from the subsequent corner, Sylvain Distin’s header was cleared off the line.
At the other end, The Bees almost scored a spectacular goal nine minutes from time when Toumani Diagouraga’s volley from 25-yards dipped inches over the bar.
Arteta had a wonderful opportunity to clinch victory when he created space for himself inside the box only to scuff his effort woefully off-target. Then in the 90th minute Coleman burst past three challenges only for Lee to again save the day for Brentford.
Jermaine Beckford was introduced for Yakubu five minutes into extra-time but the closest we came to a goal in the first period came seconds before the end of it when Phil Jagielka’s carefully placed header was cleared off the line.
Two minutes into the second period, Arteta swept a super shot goalwards but that man Lee was there again to acrobatically push the ball around the post for another corner.
Both sides showed plenty of endeavour but there was to be no way through and the contest went to penalties.
Penalty 1: Leighton Baines scores, 1-0 Everton
Penalty 2: Myles Weston scores, 1-1
Penalty 3: Phil Neville scores, 2-1 Everton
Penalty 4: Nicky Forster scores, 2-2
Penalty 5: Mikel Arteta scores, 3-2 Everton
Penalty 6: Michael Spillane scores, 3-3
Penalty 7: Jermaine Beckford saved, 3-3
Penalty 8: Charlie MacDonald scores 4-3 Brentford
Penalty 9: Phil Jagielka hits post, Brentford win 4-3