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Round: Patience Paid Off

by Hamish Dufton @efchamishdufton

Steve Round said Everton’s patience paid off as the Blues finally overcame Oldham to reach the FA Cup quarter finals.

Goals from Kevin Mirallas, Leighton Baines and Leon Osman saw off the League One Latics who did manage a reply through hero of the first tie Matt Smith.

But Round was happy with a performance that sees the Toffees book their place in the last eight of the competition where they will now face Wigan Athletic.

“I thought there were signs tonight that our flow was coming back,” he said. “Recently we had lost a little bit of that.

“I know we were against opposition lower than the Premier League but there were signs that our cohesion was coming back. The way that Steven Pienaar and Leighton Baines, and Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman were linking up – we showed that maybe we are starting to return to some sort of form.

“It was a tough game I thought. Oldham put a right shift in and pushed us all the way. I thought they were a credit to the manager and themselves. They acquitted themselves right and made it very tough.

“Having said that, we matched them with our attitude and the quality came through in the end. You saw that with one or two of the goals that we scored. Unfortunately we missed a couple of chances to make it that little bit more clinical.”

Everton started the brighter of the two teams but had to overcome the inevitable tension that comes with Cup ties of this nature, but Mirallas’ goal on 15 minutes helped settle those inside Goodison.

“I think in games like this you have to trust the players and their ability,” added Round. “We had a lot of internationals out on that pitch and you have to trust them that they will get the job done.

“Against some of these teams that fight like Oldham did, you have to be a bit more patient, and wait for the moments.

“I think the first goal came after a period of sustained pressure where we didn’t let them out of their half.

“Eventually you get the chance to break them down, and I think patience was always going to be a crucial part of our play in that first half. Obviously when you get the first goal you settle down a bit.” 

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