Round praise for Oldham

Everton assistant manager Steve Round was quick to pay tribute to Oldham's efforts after the Toffees' 3-1 victory in their FA Cup fifth round replay.

Last Updated: 27/02/13 at 06:45 Post Comment

Everton assistant manager Steve Round paid tribute to Oldham

Everton assistant manager Steve Round paid tribute to Oldham

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The Premier League club ended the League One side's memorable run at Goodison Park, largely as a result of a clinical first-half display when recalled forward Kevin Mirallas opened the scoring before Leighton Baines earned breathing space from the penalty spot.

Former Goodison youngster Jose Baxter hit the post for Oldham in between those goals but by the time super-sub Matt Smith claimed his fourth goal of this season's competition, Leon Osman had added Everton's third to secure their status as Wigan's quarter-final hosts.

"It was a tough game," manager David Moyes' No 2 said. "I thought Oldham put a right shift in and pushed us all the way.

"They were a credit to the manager and to themselves. I thought they really acquitted themselves right and made it very tough.

"Having said that, I think we matched them for the attitude and then your quality comes through at the end.

"You saw that with one or two of the goals that we scored and unfortunately we missed a couple of chances to maybe make it a bit more clear-cut."

Darron Gibson's magnificent 15th-minute cross allowed Mirallas to set Everton on their way and Round hailed two of his team's key performers on the night.

"I was very pleased with Kevin," he added. "To come back and show the sort of form he has, it will give him a lot of confidence.

"He has had a real stop-start season with injury and I think we saw signs of him getting back to being sharp and match-ready. His quality finish was what he is about.

"Darron Gibson controls the middle of the pitch for us and I thought his passing was excellent."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

oes the absence of Winston Bogarde mean he's finally left Chelsea?

nellyknows
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

P

resumably, Diaby is in this team but receiving treatment

lee
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

A

deadwood 11 and not an arsenal player listed. Heady days.

EssexGooner
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

Footer 365

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Louis van Gaal faces a tough task at United

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will struggle to win the Premier League, says Carlo Ancelotti.

Frank Lampard may be set for loan spell at Manchester City and he can expect a warm welcome

Kaveh Solhekol reports from the States as Manchester City close in on a dramatic loan signing.

Louis van Gaal says he is content with Manchester United squad

Louis van Gaal may not sign any more new players after being impressed with Manchester United’s pre-season form.

Mail Box

Are Villa Fans The Lowest Of Them All?

With the possible exception of Blackpool, are any club's fans feeling any more depressed about the start of the season than Villa? We also have a bizarre suggestion and...

How Can Tim Sherwood Be Out Of Work?

Don't peple know his PPG was THE BEST EVER FOR A SPURS MANAGER? We also have mails on Luis Suarez, the new fashion for 3-5-2 and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property