Everton are through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after a relatively comfortable 3-1 victory over League One Oldham at Goodison Park.
Everton took the lead on 15 minutes, Kevin Mirallas slotting home from a superb through-ball from Darron Gibson.
Everton had a scare a few minutes later as former-Toffees youngster Jose Baxter curled an effort against the inside of the post.
Everton also survived a penalty shout as Leighton Baines’ clearance appeared to hit midfielder Darron Gibson on the hand.
Everton gave themselves some breathing space by scoring a second goal on 34 minutes. Seamus Coleman surged forward and the Irishman’s cross was handled in the penalty area by Latics defender Connor Brown.
England full-back Leighton Baines made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick, despite keeper Dean Bouzanis getting a hand to the penalty.
Oldham introduced giant striker Matt Smith in the second half and his introduction seemed to galvanise the League One team. The Latics looked the more likely to score next, but it wasn’t to be as Everton made it three on 62 minutes.
South African midfielder Steven Pienaar swung a ball into the penalty area and Leon Osman glanced a header past the despairing Bouzanis, who was distracted by the presence of Everton striker Nikica Jelavic.
Oldham did get a consolation goal, as striker Matt Smith headed home from Jonathan Grounds corner kick. It was the giant strikers’ fourth goal in three games against Premier League clubs this season.
Everton should have extended their lead late-on when midfielder Darron Gibson fired over when well-placed. However, the goal wasn’t needed as Everton eventually eased to victory. The defeat was caretaker Tony Philliskirk’s first defeat in five matches as Latics boss.
Everton will now face fellow Premier League side Wigan in the quarter-finals, as the Toffee’s aim to win their first silverware under boss David Moyes.
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