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Thursday 18 September K.O. 20:05



Goodison Park | 29th August 2012 19:45

Everton v Leyton Orient

Everton booked their place in round three of the Capital One Cup with a dominant win over League One side Leyton Orient.

Any pre-match thoughts that the Blues might follow the likes of Fulham and Stoke in exiting the competition at the hands of lower league opposition were dispelled in a blistering first half display that picked up where the players left off at Villa Park.

The O's just couldn't cope with the fluidity of Everton's attacks as a tidal wave of pressure yielded four unanswered goals in the first 45 minutes.

Summer signing Kevin Mirallas marked his home debut with the opening goal following a clever Steven Naismith pass, before setting up Leon Osman to make it 2-0.

Mirallas added his second, with Victor Anichebe rifling in a fourth from distance to utterly crush the Londoners. Magaye Gueye's fifth in the second half completed the rout and booked Everton's place in the next round.

The Blues handed Belgian summer signing Mirallas a start and he operated in a free role just off Anichebe.

Former Everton trainee Jamie Jones started in goal for Orient, whilst fellow ex-Toffee Michael Symes had to settle for a place on the O's bench.

The Blues started the brighter and when Phil Jagielka played the ball up to Anichebe, his knock-down presented a chance for Gueye, but the winger's shot was always rising.

He did better moments later, however, when hooking a splendid cross from the left flank that Anichebe very nearly guided past Jones, if it wasn't for a strong bit of defending from Nathan Clarke.

Anichebe went even closer in Everton's next attack. The impressive Steven Naismith had found a little pocket of space in the O's half and played a clever ball through to the Nigerian, who hit it well but was thwarted by the outstretched leg of Jones.

However it wasn't long before Everton were ahead. Referee Mr East played a good advantage when Phil Neville was impeded and when Naismith played the loose ball over the top for Mirallas, the Belgian took a touch to set himself before sliding a calm finish past Jones to open his Blues account.

Mirallas celebratesKevin Mirallas salutes his first Blues goal

Jones was in action again just minutes later, gratefully accepting a Naismith drive into his arms after some decent link-up play from the Scot and Seamus Coleman down the right. But he was helpless to prevent Osman extending the lead. Gueye's left-wing cross found Mirallas, whose clever flick teed up the midfielder and he ran in to fire the ball past the O's keeper.

Then Mirallas, and indeed Naismith, were only denied adding to the goals by desperate Orient defending. First the former Rangers man drew a save out of Jones and from the rebound, Mirallas was denied by a crucial block by Clarke.

However, he made instant amends. Picking up the ball on the left hand side of the box, he jinked past one and lashed a right-foot shot low and hard past Jones to make it three.

OrientSteven Naismith congratulates Mirallas

Jones' night became busier by the second, Leighton Baines testing him from distance as Everton refused to let up. It was four on 35 minutes, Anichebe taking aim from the edge of the box and rifling past Jones to leave the O's shell-shocked.

Everton's fluid attacks were proving a handful for the O's rearguard. A marvellous crossfield ball from Baines was touched down impressively by Coleman to Naismith, and his interchange with Anichebe allowed him to play in Osman. This time, Osman could only blaze it over the bar.

When Coleman esacaped down the right again his pull-back was inch-perfect for Anichebe, but his placed shot was expertly parried away for a corner.

Even when the Londoners did muster a break, they found the Toffees defence in no mood to allow them chances. Baines was on hand to stop Moses Odubajo breaking clear with a thunderous challenge.

David Moyes made three changes at the break, introducing Shane Duffy, Ross Barkley and Luke Garbutt, who was making his Blues debut.

Barkley stamped his presence on the game quickly, finding space 20 yards out and thumping an effort narrowly over Jones' crossbar.

He was in the thick of it again shortly after and was probably a little too eager when nicking a Coleman cross off the toes of Mirallas, with the Belgian poised to have a clear chance to complete his hat-trick.

Orient breifly threatened when Dean Cox's guided shot struck Duffy's foot and flew across Mucha's goal before heading out for a corner but the Slovakian was barely troubled in the 90 minutes.

In fact it was the hosts who added to the evening's goals tally. Coleman was played in down the right, bamboozled his defender then cleverly picked out Gueye. The Senegal international took aim and smashed a volley through the hands of Jones to put his side further ahead.

Everton were forced to withdraw Phil Neville with 15 minutes left on the clock, leaving them with 10 men, but even then, the O's found it tough going.

As the game drew to a close, Anichebe drilled a couple of shots into the side-netting, while Mirallas had a glorious chance for his hat-trick following yet more excellent play from the outstanding Coleman.

In the end though, it hardly mattered, as the Blues emphatically added their name to the third round draw.



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