What The Papers Say - 09 January

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IT must be frustrating being Everton. They overcome a potential banana skin with aplomb yet that lot fromacross Stanley Park still grab the headlines.

Jermaine Beckford scored Leeds’ winner at Manchester United at this stage last year, and found the mark again here after Louis Saha had opened the scoring.

Michael Collins gave Scunthorpe hope 21 seconds into the second half, but Seamus Coleman and  Marouane Fellaini gave the scoreboard a realistic look.

And Leighton Baines’ majestic fifth – a left-foot effort that had even the Scunthorpe fans applauding –  stole the show.

David Moyes’ side deserve plaudits and the scoreline could easily have been double figures. But they will be in Liverpool’s shadows because of the second coming of a certain chap called Dalglish.

After sealing their place in the fourth-round, Everton fans could be forgiven for predicting a Dalglish-inspired stunner at Old Trafford today that would overshadow their win.

Everton assistant manager Steve Round said: “We’ve been threatening this kind of result for a while.

“It’s two in two for Louis Saha and Jermaine is really finding his feet as well. He’s taken a while to come through but we knew that would happen. When you come up from a league or two below it takes time to establish yourself.

“But we know he can score goals, he’s a really good fi nisher.”
  
United have been beyond awful at Glanford Park, where their last win came in August! Little wonder there were 2,000 empty spaces.

Saha’s early opener, which was as easy as you like, knocked out whatever stuffi ng there was in the Iron – and there didn’t appear to be much. Beckford then expertly guided home Leighton Baines’ cross for his fourth of the season to leave Everton cruising.

It could have been 8-0 to Everton at the break!

Manager Ian Baraclough almost came a cropper when he tripped down the stairs in the stand before kick-off and if he called for a rousing start, he would have been seething.

It took just 40 seconds for Scunthorpe keeper Joe Murphy to be called into action when Coleman’s deflected cross was palmed away.

Then their defence stood off as Saha lined up a shot from 22 yards and Murphy reacted slowly, letting the ball into his bottom corner. Chris Dagnall could have injected some life into the tie with a free header at the far post but missed badly.

He then felt the force of a high Johnny Heitinga challenge that resembled fellow Dutchman Nigel de Jong’s in the World Cup Final.

But the gulf in class was apparent. If it was not for overworked keeper Murphy, Beckford would have had a hat-trick in the first half-hour. It was all far too easy. Leon Osman was next to go close after Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Baines carved the Iron open.

Once the inevitable happened and Beckford guided Baines’ cross past Murphy, it was not a matter of if –  but by how many. Somehow Scunthorpe were back in the game when Collins stroked the ball past Tim Howard and they pressed for a spell.

But once Coleman converted a cross from Beckford it was game over.

Fellaini then put the icing on the cake before Baines’ brilliance, which was fit to grace a Merseyside  derby.

Next Sunday’s Anfield clash is one of the most eagerly-awaited in years and Everton have fired out a warning.

They are finally finding form and are hell-bent on being Merseyside’s headline act for once.

A disappointed Baraclough said: “The start of the second half showed what we could do, why wasn’t that  there at the beginning of the game?

“Everton aren’t going to feel sorry for you. You need to get around them and we showed that when we  did, we could create something.”

 

 

Mark Robins has ­admitted that he expects prize asset Adam Hammill to quit Barnsley for the Premier League this month.

Everton are leading the chase for the former ­Liverpool winger, who has a £500,000 buy-out clause in the three-year deal he signed when joining the Tykes from Anfield 17 months ago.

But Wolves – whose boss Mick McCarthy watched Hammill in Barnsley’s 2-1 win over Coventry last ­Monday – Blackpool, West Ham and ­Bolton are also in the chase for his signature.

Hammill, 22, has notched eight goals this season and Oakwell chief Robins ­believes he has already made up his mind to make a switch to the top flight.

Robins said: “I don’t think there is any chance of keeping Adam.

“I don’t want to lose him, but it is out of my hands now. And, if he does move, then we’ll just have to carry on without him and look to do something different.

“There’s been interest from a few clubs, so what happens from here is out of my ­control.

“If someone comes up with the right money, I guess he’ll speak to them and then ­decide ­whether or not to leave.”

 

 

Chelsea have joined Tottenham in the race to sign Steven Pienaar.

 

 

Everton striker Jermaine Beckford credits Scunthorpe United with invigorating his career but he had a funny way of showing his gratitude.

Beckford’s career was drifting at Leeds until he found his feet while on loan at Glanford Park and he has never really looked back, as Scunthorpe found to their cost. Beckford hit the target along with Louis Saha, Seamus Coleman, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.

It was just four years ago that Beckford helped the Iron to the League One title and he came back to Scunthorpe to humiliate his former club with a performance pivotal to his side’s comfortable passage through to the next round.

Saha set the ball rolling in the fourth minute, wrong-footing Rob Jones before beating Joe Murphy with a precise low shot.

Beckford doubled the lead in the 33rd minute by nodding in stand-in captain Leon Osman’s curling cross and his muted celebrations demonstrated his debt to the lowly Championship club who have now lost six consecutive home games.

Scunthorpe looked down and out but the half-time pep talk worked wonders and they were back in it 17 seconds into the second half as Josh Wright’s through-ball caught out Sylvain Distin and Michael Collins shot beyond Tim Howard.

Scunthorpe raised their game but Everton’s lead was restored in the 58th minute when Beckford led a breakaway, exchanging passes with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov before curling over an in-swinging, right-footed cross that Coleman nodded beyond Murphy.

Fellaini put the tie beyond doubt in the 73rd minute, creating space for himself before beating Murphy from the edge of the box with a measured shot before Baines completed the rout 10 minutes later.

Beckford was singled out for praise by his former Scunthorpe team-mate, the club manager Ian Baraclough. “He looked bright, he didn’t look out of place in their team, and I just hope he goes on and proves himself to be a good striker at that level,” said Baraclough.

“It’s all about confidence. Jermaine might have gone in there at Everton thinking, 'Is this a bit too much for me?’. It certainly isn’t. He looked comfortable with them and the longer runs he gets the better player he will become.”

Everton assistant manager Steve Round added: “Jermaine is really starting to come through now. It has taken a while but we knew that would happen. It is very difficult to establish yourself but he is a good finisher and a threat. We are pleased with his progress.”

 

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