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  • STEVENAGE 0-2 EVERTON [half-time]

    1/25/2014 6:22:26 PM
    Let's get some reaction from the 3pm kick-offs, starting at Roots Hall.
    The pitch was difficult and towards the end it was awful conditions - a typical cup tie. Sometimes in football you have to roll up your sleeves and we did that in abundance today. Matty Fryatt came into the side today and reminded me what a good player he is.
    Two-goal Matty Fryatt might have given Hull boss Steve Bruce a selection quandary.
    I am proud of them but just disappointed that in the final third there was a difference in quality. It just did not fall for us today but our challenge is to now get out of this division.
    Southend boss Phil Brown
    1/25/2014 6:27:12 PM
    Jeff Stelling and the gang were in the usual seats on Saturday to guide us through a cracking day of FA Cup and Football League action. Keep a look-out for Bianca Westwood getting caught in some atrocious weather, much to the panel's amusement!
    1/25/2014 6:28:06 PM
    Michael Laudrup was thrilled to see Wilfried Bony come off the bench and score a matchwinning double:
    When you have a big price tag it is about patience and I am happy for him and the team. He has a cool head, you can see how he finished his goals, he is playing with confidence. Hopefully we can build on this result in the game on Tuesday against Fulham.
    1/25/2014 6:30:12 PM
    Gus Poyet was philosophical after his side - with 10 changes from the one that beat Manchester United on penalties in the Capital One Cup - scraped past non-league Kidderminster.
    It was not a classic. I was worried about the start, and the best part was the first 20 minutes. The connection, the ability, the understanding wasn't there, so we need to accept it as it comes. It's a win, we are going to be in the draw tomorrow.

    1/25/2014 6:38:14 PM
  • STEVENAGE 0-2 EVERTON [kick-off]
    Back under way in this one and there's been a half-time change for the visitors: John Heitinga on for Phil Jagielka...
    1/25/2014 6:39:25 PM
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    1/25/2014 6:39:59 PM
    A meaty challenge from Ashton leaves Mirallas in a heap on the turf but he's soon up and swiftly forces Day into action with a rising shot across goal. [everton]
    1/25/2014 6:46:48 PM
  • GOAL! STEVENAGE 0-3 EVERTON (Heitinga 55) [goal]
    He's been linked with a move away this window and this could be a parting gift from Johnny Heitinga, who nods in Everton's third when Mirallas keeps a move alive with a overhead kick back into the mixer.
    1/25/2014 6:47:24 PM
  • STEVENAGE 0-3 EVERTON [flag]
    Naismith has the ball in the net again - lovely chip it is too - but the flag's up and he can't snaffle the match ball just yet. Freeman, who's been the standout player for Stevenage, digs out a great cross from the byline at the other end but Robles gets a hand to it. Everton still dominant.
    1/25/2014 6:57:58 PM
  • STEVENAGE 0-3 EVERTON [missed-chance]
    Francois Zoko should pull one back for the League One side here. He brings a ball down on his chest and has plenty of goal to aim at, but slices across the ball and watches it fly wide.
    1/25/2014 7:03:39 PM
  • MAN CITY 4-2 WATFORD REACTION [manchestercity]
    Manuel Pellegrini has been speaking about his side's "disastrous" defending, before they recovered a 2-0 deficit to beat Watford 4-2:
    I was very worried. If you don't play with 100 per cent concentration and intensity you don't win the game. I think Watford did in the first 45 minutes and we played jogging. That way it is impossible to win. If I could have changed 11 players at half-time I would have changed all of them. The important thing was Watford didn't score the third goal.
    1/25/2014 7:07:17 PM
  • STEVENAGE 0-3 EVERTON [everton]
    We're into the final 10 minutes at the Lamex Stadium. Off comes Mirallas, to be replaced by Gueye. 
    1/25/2014 7:13:28 PM
  • GOAL! STEVENAGE 0-4 EVERTON (Gueye 84) [goal]
    A heavy defeat's not what the side holding up League One would have wanted but that's what they've got, courtesy of some real quality in the final third from Everton. Leon Osman rolls a brilliant reverse ball into the path of Gueye, who uses his bulk to cut inside before slotting into the corner.
    1/25/2014 7:17:05 PM
  • STEVENAGE 0-4 EVERTON [missed-chance]
    You wouldn't begrudge Stevenage a consolation but they're thwarted in rather comedic circumstances. Charles's low effort across goal is parried but though he looks certain to score the rebound, he slips in the mud and Leon Osman slides in to clear. 
    1/25/2014 7:25:19 PM
  • STEVENAGE 0-4 EVERTON [full-time]
    Stevenage should have taken the lead inside the opening minutes but it was Everton who got the early goal and some clinical finishing killed the contest. A second successive 4-0 win in this competition and Roberto Martinez's side are through to the fifth round with minimum fuss.
    1/25/2014 7:25:48 PM
    Cup surprises in scant supply then today but there's a intriguing match-up tomorrow at Bramall Lane, where Aston Villa's vanquishers, Sheffield United, host Fulham (1pm). That's followed by an all-Premier League affair as Chelsea take on Stoke at Stamford Bridge. We'll bring all the goals from those games, as well as the draw for the fifth round, which is scheduled to take place just after 5.30pm...
    1/25/2014 7:37:02 PM
    We're done for the night here but if your football appetite's still not sated, there's La Liga double-header on Sky Sports 1 tonight. Valencia are up against Espanyol right now, with Sevilla and Levante's tussle to follow. See you in the morning.
    1/25/2014 7:41:09 PM
    Good morning and welcome back to Weekend Live! as we bring you build-up, updates and reaction on another day of FA Cup Fourth Round action. There's just the two games this afternoon as Sheffield United look to claim another Premier League scalp when Fulham visit Bramall Lane (1pm) before Chelsea host Stoke City (3.30pm). We will also be bringing you all of the best lines from the Sunday Supplement (10am) and Goals on Sunday (11.30am).
    1/26/2014 9:03:32 AM
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  • [sundaysupplement] While we wait for Sunday Supplement to get underway on Sky Sports 1, here is this morning's Paper Review to get an idea of the topics the panel will be discussing:
    1/26/2014 9:13:01 AM
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  • [soccersaturday] Here's a clip from yesterday as the Soccer Saturday panel mull over Juan Mata's move to Manchester United
    1/26/2014 9:28:42 AM
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  • [everton] Everton boss Roberto Martinez was delighted with his side's 4-0 win at Stevenage yesterday, saying he was glad to avoid an upset against lower-league opposition:
    It was a professional performance which was pleasing because even when you have a team with the talent we have, today was still going to be a real test.

    1/26/2014 9:45:23 AM
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    1/26/2014 9:49:12 AM
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    1/26/2014 9:51:42 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] The Sunday Supplement is about to get underway on Sky Sports 1. Joining host Neil Ashton in the studio will be Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail, Paul Hayward from the Daily Telegraph and The Independent's Sam Wallace to discuss all of the big talking points and we'll be bringing you the best lines.
    1/26/2014 10:00:19 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Inevitably, Juan Mata's move to Manchester United is the first topic of debate and Martin Samuel admits he was surprised Chelsea allowed him to leave:
    It's a big statement by United. It's strange from Chelsea's point-of-view - I can see from the financial side of it but it's let Manchester United back in. I cannot understand for the life of me why Chelsea would want to facilitate that. 

    1/26/2014 10:08:56 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Remaining on the topic of Mata, Paul Hayward adds:
    I think Mourinho's loking at Manchester United and thinking 'they are no threat to us and won't be for some time'.

    1/26/2014 10:11:28 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Martin Samuel believes that Manchester United need to continue strengthening their team or risk falling even further behind:
    What Manchester United cannot afford to do is stand still because if you stand still in football, you're dead. You look at Manchester City with Negredo who just keep improving. If Manchester United don't act now, they could potentially be overtaken by clubs like Liverpool and Tottenham.

    1/26/2014 10:17:41 AM
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  • [sundaysupplement] Sam Wallace casts his eye over the ongoing Nicolas Anelka saga following his controversial Quenelle gesture, admitting the FA faces a tough task to decide a punishment:
    It's a really difficult case. My personal view is that it is anti-Semitic - he should be found guilty and he should be banned. No-one in France has been convicted of doing this gesture, the FA are basically having to dip their toes in French, modern, religious culture. It's going to be really difficult to prove what he meant. 

    1/26/2014 10:28:53 AM
  • [twitter] Leeds United managing director David Haigh gives an update on the pending takeover of the Championship club:
    1/26/2014 10:42:30 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Attentions turn to the possibility of Euro 2016 hosts France playing in the qualifiers despite their position in the tournament already secure. Paul Hayward offers a cynical view:
    It sounds like fixture doping to me. It reminds me of Euro 96 when England had a disadvantage as they hadn't been playing regular competitive fixtures.

    1/26/2014 10:46:39 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Speaking of the FA Cup, Martin Samuel thinks the competition needs a bit of a revamp to rekindle its magic:
    You can scrap the replays because if you don't have a replay in the final and the semi-finals, why have them in the third round? You've got to have some consistency.

    1/26/2014 10:54:59 AM
  • [sunderland] Former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has slammed current Black Cats stars Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley, as well as branding John O'Shea "two-faced":
    These two players (Cattermole and Bardsley) were rotten - the most unprofessional players I've ever worked with. What Bardsley has done in the last year speaks volumes. Photos of him lying on the floor in a casino covered by £50 notes and laughing at the team losing on the opening day, that's public. 

    1/26/2014 11:00:36 AM
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  • [sundaysupplement] Carrying on the topic of Paolo Di Canio's controversial outburst, Paul Hayward thinks he will need to change if he is to manage in the Premier League again:
    It's more gibberish of the type which cost him the job in the first place. He tried this dictatorship approach and the players didn't like it. The players were a credit to Poyet on Wednesday night and they clearly want to play for him, but under Di Canio, it was chaos. 

    1/26/2014 11:06:38 AM
  • [westbrom] Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley has criticised West Brom over their handling of Nicolas Anelka's alleged anti-Semitic gesture:
    West Brom should have taken much more responsibility in recognising that the action was offensive to Jewish people and also offensive to anyone who is against discrimination in football. If West Brom had behaved in an honourable manner, then clearly we would be in a better place. They haven't been strong on this. If your player misbehaves, you have an obligation to take action, regardless of what the FA does. 

    1/26/2014 11:13:04 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Liverpool host Everton in Tuesday night's Merseyside derby and Sam Wallace thinks that both clubs have bright futures under their respective managers:
    I think the good thing about both teams' managers is the basic principles of how their teams play. You'd recognise a Martinez team and you'd recognize a Rodgers team. They look like teams that have got a philosophy behind them.
    1/26/2014 11:18:08 AM
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