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MATCH PREVIEW : Emirates FA Cup 3rd Round

4 January 2019

The Imps face Premier League opposition this weekend as they travel to Everton’s Goodison Park in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup. City go into the game off the back of their New Year’s Day draw with Port Vale. Shay McCartan opened the scoring in the 58th minute after a goalless first half. His second half strike was his fourth goal of the season.

However, despite the Imps having 55% possession, Port Vale managed to secure a point thanks to Manny Oyeleke’s 90th minute long-distance strike.

City now have 51 points to their name at the top of the SkyBet League Two, four more than second place MK Dons.

Recent Form

With just one win in their previous six league games, The Toffees are currently looking to turn their form around with upcoming league games against Bournemouth, Southampton and bottom placed Huddersfield.

Everton’s last win was on Boxing Day away to Burnley, just three days after their 6-2 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur.

Yerry Mina scored after just two minutes when Marco Silva’s side travelled to Turf Moor. Former Barcelona left-back, Lucas Digne added a second for the Toffees 11 minutes later.

Gylfi Sigurðsson bagged his eighth Premier League goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute. 

Burnley managed to get one goal back just before half-time through Ben Gibson on his Clarets Premier League debut. 

Digne scored a brace in the 71st minute before Richarlison added a fifth goal for Everton in the 93rd minute.

The Toffees lost their last game 1-0 at home to Leicester City on New Year’s Day. Jamie Vardy scored his seventh goal of the season in the 58th minute to give City three points. 

Last six league games: DLLWLL

League position: 11th       

Manager’s comments

Everton boss Marco Silva joined the club in May 2018 following a 26-game reign at fellow Premier League side Watford.

The 41-year-old manger had previous success with clubs such as Olympiacos and Sporting CP.

Following a spell of disappointing results, Silva recently told press he wants his team to give Everton fans a good feeling with positive football: “We want to play well, with intensity and enjoyment, give good feelings to our fans and achieve good results, because it is the most important thing in football.

“In the last two games, we haven’t shown the quality we have as a team and the quality we have already shown as a team.

“We have shown good performances [this season], with good intensity and mobility. I have seen many moments during this season our players enjoy what we are doing on the pitch – and our fans the same. It is what we want to achieve again.”

The former Hull boss continued by discussing his sides recent disappointing performances: “We know the last few results weren’t the best, and good results always increase confidence in the players.

“We have to pass well and have mobility. When you don’t do that, it is impossible to find the creativity to make chances to score.

“It is our obligation, playing at home, to find these types of things.”

Previous Meetings

The last time the pair met competitively was in the 1993/94 League Cup. The Imps hosted the Toffees at Sincil Bank in September 1993 with a crowd of 9,153.

City’s goal scorers were David Johnson, Neil Matthews and Grant Brown. However, Paul Rideout scored a hat-trick for Everton with Tony Cottee also finding the back of the net to secure the win for Howard Kendall’s side.

The second leg took place at the start of October, with The Imps losing 4-2 in front of 8,373 fans at Goodison Park.

Johnson and Ian Barraclough both found the back of the net for City but Cottee was again on form for Everton, this time scoring a brace. Rideout, who scored a hat-trick in the first leg also scored again before Ian Snodin added a fourth.

Players to Watch – Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman

Dominic Calvert-Lewin came through the youth ranks at Sheffield United spending a total of 11 years with the club from the age of eight.

During his two professional years with the Blades, Calvert-Lewin spent time out on loan, initially with non-league outfit Stalybridge Celtic where he scored six league goals in five league appearances before joining Northampton Town on loan in August 2015.

The 21-year-old arrived at Goodison Park in August 2016 for a fee of £1.5 million after playing 11 league games for United. He has since started in 60 Premier League matches scoring a total of eight goals.

Calvert-Lewin was part of the England U20 squad who won the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea. He scored two goals during the tournament including the winning goal in the final against Venezuela in a 1-0 win. His previous goal was against Argentina in England’s 3-0 win on the opening match.

The other player to look out for on Saturday is current England U21 star Ademola Lookman who arrived at Everton in 2017 following two senior years with Charlton Athletic.

Prior to joining Charlton, the Wandsworth-born winger had played for Waterloo. Lookman left St Thomas the Apostle College with three A*’s and five A’s at GCSE.

The 21-year-old recently spent time on loan at Bundesliga side RB Leipzig where he scored the winning goal against Borussia Möchengladbach in his first game for the game.

Lookman was also part of the England U20 side who won the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup. He scored a brace against Costa Rica in the final 16 bringing his tally for the tournament to three.

Prior to the competition, the young winger had turned down the opportunity to switch his allegiance to Nigeria following the approach of manager, Gernot Rohr.

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MATCH REPORT: Everton V The Imps

5 January 2019

The Imps weren’t to make it into the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup this afternoon following a 2-1 defeat to their Premier League hosts, Everton.

The Toffees raced into a two goal lead early in proceedings with Ademola Lookman and Bernard scoring in the opening 15 minutes but when Michael Bostwick pulled a goal back just over ten minutes later it changed the whole context of the tie.  Try as they might, the hosts just couldn’t shake off the Imps who were in the game right to the end and deservingly received an ovation from almost everyone in the stadium at the final whistle.

The Imps made three changes to the side which picked up a point against Port Vale on New Year’s Day, Josh Vickers, John Akinde and Tom Pett coming back into the starting eleven replacing Sam Slocombe, Matt Rhead and Shay McCartan respectively.  The home side made five changes to their side as Ademola Lookman, Yerry Mina, Leighton Baines, Bernard and Tom Davies returned to the Toffee’s line up.

The players came out to a cacophony of noise from a packed out Goodison Park with 5,500 travelling Imps far from being outsung by the hosts. City started the game quickly and putting the home defence on their heels, Lee Frecklington made a trademark burst forward but was snuffed out by two Everton defenders. Before you could draw breath, the play was in the Imps’ half, Ademola Lookman taking aim and firing just over the top of Josh Vickers’ goal.  City were really making their presence felt as John Akinde almost set up Harry Anderson but he couldn’t take control of the ball, before the latter then was inches away from setting Bruno Andrade on his way but the offside flag went up.

Everton began to probe around the edge of the Imps’ penalty area with intent, but the visitors were standing strong, Frecklington denying Gylfi Sigurdsson the chance to get a shot away on the edge of the box and Andrade working hard and winning the ball back in defensive areas. Tom Pett tried his luck from outside the box after a City free kick was only half cleared as away fans singing and support of the side was constant.

The home side took the lead however and were to hit the Imps hard in a devastating four-minute spell. Firstly, a cross from the left by Baines was met by the head of Lookman who looped his effort over Vickers and into the goal, before the lead was doubled when Bernard made his way into the box following some clever play between Sigurdsson and Tom Davies putting the Brazilian in to coolly chip home.  

The home side were pressing forward quickly and Vickers was called into action when Dominic Calvert-Lewin broke free on halfway, capitalising on a loose ball, the England international got into the box but his effort was superbly blocked by the City stopper.

City though continued to work hard and were unlucky when Frecklington did well just inside the Everton half to win back possession, the skipper then let fly from 25 yards but it flew over the top. The Imps fans urged their side forward with a renewed vigour and when Akinde was brought down just outside the left of the Toffee’s area, Michael O’Connor was given the chance to whip in a dangerous ball and how he made it count.

The curling ball was played to the back post where Jason Shackell met it powerfully, Jordan Pickford saved the header which was destined for the net, but the ball rebounded to MICHAEL BOSTWICK who slammed home the rebound.

The Imps immediately poured forward looking for the equaliser winning two quick corners which the home side struggled to clear, City won a third set piece and atmosphere around the stadium changed completely on its head despite Everton keeping the ball out of their net for a second time. The home fans almost silent, while the Imps’ supporters were almost raising the roof off Goodison Park. It was now the visitors who were asking all the questions, Pett had a shot blocked following sterling work from Harry Toffolo and Andrade down the left before the hosts were again forced into hurriedly clearing the ball under intense City pressure.

Things settled down somewhat as half time approached but it continued to be the visiting side who were making the most of the game, Akinde was brought down by Yerry Mina and O’Connor was again the player putting in the cross from the resulting free kick.  Mina however this time atoning for his earlier foul by beating Shackell to the cross and heading clear, it was to be the last opportunity of a captivating first half for either side.

Half Time

Everton 2 The Imps 1

The home side made a double change at the break, bringing on Cenk Tosun and André Gomes to signal their intentions but it was The Imps who continued to hassle and harry their opponents as they looked to make an early second half impact. Although chances weren’t forthcoming the visiting supporters were still the buoyant ones.

O’ Connor and Pett were determined in the tackle, Frecklington’s guile on the ball was a real feature and the City defence were dealing well with the threat posed by the hosts. Anderson’s energy was causing problems for Baines, as well as Akinde and Mina having a real battle of physicality and it was all supplemented by a thundering soundtrack from the away supporters.

The looming threat from the Premier League side though was highlighted when Sigurdsson found just enough space to get a shot away which was met by the palms of Vickers, diving to his left to save. Gomes then tried a similar effort from outside the area but it whistled wide of the mark.

Slowly the Toffees started to dominate possession, pushing forward with intend to put the Imps out of sight but Bostwick was there just as Sigurdsson let his shot go, the City number 16 threw himself in front of the ball to block.  City’s rearguard action was tremendous, and when the hosts did get a cross though from Baines on the left, Tosun’s little flick was gobbled up by Vickers who was out sharply to save.

City made two substitutions as the game went into its final quarter, Shay McCartan and Matt Rhead on for O’Connor and Akinde who received a rapturous round of applause for their efforts. The home side couldn’t finish off the determined City side who continued to throw everything inbetween the Everton attack and the goal, the Toffees were dominating possession but the desire shown by City was just as inspiring.

Ellis Chapman was introduced for Pett with just over ten minutes remaining with Pett going off to yet another tremendous ovation. City were looking for the chance to score an equaliser and when  Rhead was brought down around 30 yards out, Eardley lined up the free kick . It was delivered onto the head of Shackell got on the end of but the home side deflected it for a corner in front of the travelling City fans. Andrade lifted it in and for a second time, Shackell met it and somehow Everton hooked it almost off the line!

It was to the final opportunity for the visiting side who leave Goodison Park with their heads held high and more than deserving of the ovation they got from both the travelling support and those in home areas.

Full Time

Everton 2 The Imps 1

The Teams


1          Jordan PICKFORD

3          Leighton BAINES

5          Kurt ZOUMA

10        Gylfi SIGURDSSON

13        Yerry MINA

17        Idrissa GANA GUEYE

20        BERNARD

26        Tom DAVIES

29        Dominic CALVERT-LEWIN

31        Ademola LOOKMAN

43        Jonjoe KENNY

Goal: Lookman 12’ Bernard 14’

Booked: Kenny 47’


22        Maartan STEKLENGURG

6          Phil JAGIELKA

8          André GOMES (46’ for Davies)

14        Cenk TOSUN (46’ for Calvert-Lewin)

16        James McCARTHY

23        Seamus COLEMAN

30        RICHARLISON (80’ for Sigurdsson)

The Imps

1          Josh VICKERS

4          Michael O’CONNOR

5          Jason SHACKELL

7          Tom PETT

8          Lee FRECKLINGTON

11        Bruno ANDRADE

14        Harry TOFFOLO

16        Michael BOSTWICK

23        Neal EARDLEY

26        Harry ANDERSON

29        John AKINDE


24        Sam SLOCOMBE

2          Kellan GORDON

6          Scott WHARTON

9          Matt RHEAD (71’ for Akinde)

12        Ellis CHAPMAN (78’ for Pett)

17        Shay McCARTAN (72’ for O’Connor)

18        Bernard MENSAH

GOAL: Bostwick 28’

Referee: John Brooks

Assistants: Akil Howson & Lee Venamore

4th Official: Michael Salisbury

Attendance: 37,900 (5,481 Imps' supporters)

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Ticket News

Everton Ticket Collections

27 December 2018

We are pleased to inform supporters who have purchased tickets for the FA Cup 3rd round tie against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday 5th January and are due to collect their tickets, they can do so from 11am on Friday 28th December.

Extra staff will be on hand to assist supporters coming into the ticket office to collect their orders from 11am, and to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible and to limit any delay in collection we politely request that supporters bring the following with them to the ticket office at Sincil Bank:

  • Order Confirmation
  • Order Name(s) (All names within group)
  • Group Leader Name
  • Quantity of tickets in group

 Postal Ticket Orders

All supporters who selected for their tickets to be posted to them for the game against The Toffees, should have now received their orders. However, if your order has not been received by Monday 31st December then we would ask you to contact the ticket office either in person or via email to

In order for the staff to assist you with any issues that you may have, please ensure you have the following to hand when making contact: 

  • Order Confirmation
  • Order Name(s) (All names within group)
  • Group Leader Name
  • Quantity of tickets in group



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