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Scunthorpe United v Everton

Everton produced a clinical away performance to beat Scunthorpe 5-1 and book their place in the FA Cup fourth round.

An early Louis Saha strike set them on their way, with Jermaine Beckford doubling the lead and Seamus Coleman making it safe after Michael Collins had pulled one back for the Iron just after half time.

There was even time for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines to put gloss on the win with two left-foot efforts - and the scoreline didn't flatter the visitors.

The compact nature of the struggling Championship's ground and Everton's inconsistent form had meant that this tie had been identified as the scene of a potential giant-killing.

Louis SahaSaha celebrates his opener

But the Blues started in the same bright fashion that they had three days earlier against Tottenham and took the lead in similar circumstances.

With just four minutes on the clock Saha picked the ball up after a neat period of passing and slotted home, this time with his left foot, from the edge of the box.

His strike partner Beckford was playing very much on the shoulder of the last defender and made a couple of bursts through, seeing one effort blocked by David Mirfin and the other brilliantly saved by Joe Murhpy.

Inbetween those efforts, on the 20 minute mark, Beckford had combined delightfully with Fellaini to tee-up the big Belgian for a shot which didn't do justice to the build-up.

Jermaine BeckfordBeckford makes it two

Leon Osman, captain for the day, had a shot deflected wide just after that and it seemed likely that Everton would extend their lead, with Scunthorpe only able to offer a couple of long range efforts from Michael O'Connor by way of reply.

They duly did just that in the 33rd minute when Osman's perfectly flighted cross was deftly headed into the corner of the goal by Beckford.

Scunthorpe had clearly been given an ear-bashing by boss Ian Baraclough at the break and seconds after the restart Collins raced on to a long ball and dispatched an excellent volley into the corner of Tim Howard's goal.

The Iron were predictably buoyed by the goal and enjoyed their best spell of the game before Coleman's 58th minute strike re-established Everton's stranglehold on the contest.

Seamus ColemanColeman nods in the third goal

The Irishman nodded in Beckford's perfect cross to score his second headed goal in as many games.

Soon Victor Anichebe was introduced in place of Saha and the Nigerian sent a low daisy-cutter well wide with his first significant contribution.

The fourth goal came on 73 minutes when Fellaini found himself in space on the edge of the box and fired a left-foot shot past Murphy.

It was the midfielder's last action as he was promptly replaced by Jack Rodwell after a commanding midfield performance.

Magaye Gueye also saw late action and he set up the fifth for Baines whose superb strike seven minutes from time was arguably the best of the lot.

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