FA Cup - Oviedo injury mars Everton win at Stevenage

FA Cup fourth round, The Lamex Stadium - Stevenage FC 0 Everton 4 (Naismith 6’, 32’ Heitinga 55’ Gueye 85’)

A serious injury to Bryan Oviedo took the shine off Everton’s 4-0 victory over Stevenage in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Costa Rican international suffered a horrendous ankle injury early in the first-half after a coming together with a Stevenage player. Everton latet confirmed that he has broken two bones in his left leg, will be hospitalised throughout the weekend, and faces an operation on Monday.

The collision came either side of a Steven Naismith brace as the Scottish international made the most of a rare start. Substitutes John Heitinga and Magaye Gueye scored second-half goals to wrap up a place in the next round for Roberto Martinez’s men.

Naismith opened the scoring on six minutes, poking home Aiden McGeady’s square pass across goal after Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day could only parry Kevin Mirallas’ low shot.

Stevenage had enjoyed a golden opportunity just moments beforehand when John Stones bravely blocked Lucas Akins shot from close range, with the goalkeeper beaten.

Everton doubled their advantage on 32 minutes after Naismith pounced on Ashton’s failure to clear Osman’s pass, and the forward raced through to slide the ball underneath the goalkeeper.

Heitinga sealed the match for the visitors nine minutes into the second-half as he nodded home a wonderful bicycle-kick cross from Mirallas.

Gueye rounded off Everton’s victory with a well taken goal five minutes before the full-time whistle, shuffling through a couple of Boro challenges before sliding the ball beyond the goalkeeper.

KEY MOMENTS

4’ – CHANCE - What a chance for Stevenage! Robles pulls off a save from Zoko's shot and then Akins' is blocked by Stones! He should have scored!

6’ - GOAL - 1-0 to Everton! Naismith scores from close range to give the visitors the lead. What a start!

17’ – INJURY - Oviedo concedes a foul outside the area but he looks like he has seriously hurt himself in doing so. The Everton players instantly show their concern and this looks bad.

32’ – GOAL - 2-0 to Everton! Naismith has doubled his advantage and Everton have some breathing space! Ashton fails to deal with a through ball and the forward takes full advantage to slide the ball underneath the goalkeeper.

55’ – GOAL - 3-0 to Everton! And that's game over! Heitinga is the quickest to react from a splendid cross from Mirallas.

85’ – GOAL - 4-0 to Everton! Gueye scores just a couple of minutes after coming on with a really tidy finish. He shuffles his way through defenders before sliding the ball into the corner.

KEY STATS

Stevenage had just lost three of their last 11 home games in all competition prior to this match.

Everton have only lost once in their last 17 games in all competitions.

Steven Naismith scored more than once in a competitive match for Everton for the first time ever.

Stevenage's Francois Zoko has scored four goals in three FA Cup appearances this term – but couldn’t get on the score-sheet this time around.

TALKING POINT

How much will Bryan Oviedo be missed? The Costa Rican international has a broken his leg after a coming together early in the first-half. The midfielder – who can also play as a left-back – has played 31 times for the Toffees, scoring two goals including the winner against Manchester United. He would have been a key player for his country in this summer’s World Cup and he will be sorely missed by the North American nation. It was a fairly pleasant night otherwise for Everton who have had an impressive season thus far and manager Roberto Martinez will be keen to retain the trophy he lifted with former club Wigan Athletic last year.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Steven Naismith (Everton) – The Scottish international was handed a rare start tonight and he was a constant thorn in the side for the League One side. A brace in the first-half settled Everton and he was determined to grab a third goal in the second-half but it just wasn’t to be.

PLAYING RATINGS

EVERTON: Robles 6, Hibbert 6, Baines 7, Jagielka 7, McGeady 8, Oviedo 6, Mirallas 8, Naismith 9, McCarthy 6, Barry 6, Stones 7. Substitutes: Gueye 7, Heitinga 7, Osman 7.

STEVENAGE: Day 7, Ashton 5, Jones 6, Morais 6, Charles 6, Akins 6, Zoko 6, Heslop 5, Freeman 7, Smith 6, Hartley 7. Substitutes: Jones 6, Andrade 6.

THE MATCH IN A TWEET