Fleetwood 2-5 Everton: Richarlison makes twice as does Carlo Ancelotti’s side riots against Joey Bartons League One hosts – but Jordan Pickford mistakes the win
- Richarlison headed Everton ahead after a quick start to the visitors
- The Brazilian then doubled Toffees’ lead when the top flight took the lead
- Mark Duffy responded in the second half to bring Fleetwood back within an hour
- A minute later, however, Alex Iwobi recovered the kiss with two goals from Everton
- An acrobatic goal from Callum Camps followed in an action-packed second half
- Bernard saw Everton make the next lap with a thumping finish in the box
- Moise Kean scored in the last moments as Everton continued to impress
Carlo Ancelotti sauntered around with his hands in his pockets, looking at his assistants now and then to vent his irritation.
Everton’s manager is no dreamer and there were times on a damp evening in Fleetwood when he gave the impression that things were going wrong. He frowned when there were unnecessary steps back and scolded Jordan Pickford for silly mistakes.
Watching Ancelotti on Highbury was fascinating simply because his team was relatively confident. Everton has had a terrible habit of making cup ties like this difficult, but with the exception of an awkward 10 minutes, this was as easy as you can imagine.
Richarlison hit a brace when Everton defeated Fleetwood in a six-goal thriller Carabao Cup tie
The Brazilian striker scored a header and a bolt of lightning while the Toffees dominated the first half
Fleetwood XI: Cairns, Andrew, Whelan, Burns, Evans (Saunders 76 ‘), Morris, Camps, Coutts (Matete 75’), Boyes, Stubbs (Duffy 46 ‘), Hill.
Unused subs: Leutwiler, Garner, Holgate, S. Morris.
Goals: Duffy 48 ‘, Camps 58’.
Everton XI: Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Digne, Nkounkou, Delph (Davies 62 ‘), Sigurdsson (C), Iwobi, Bernard, Richarlison (Kean 76’), Calvert-Lewin (Gordon 46 ‘).
Unused subs: Lossl, Coleman, Davies, Doucouré, Walcott.
Targets: Richarlison 22 ‘, 34’, Iwobi 49 ‘, Bernard 73’.
This was an encouraging start to the season for Everton and, thanks to the smooth efforts of his Brazilians Richarlison and Bernard, they now advance to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup; their intentions could not be clearer.
Joey Barton was right not to expect James Rodriguez in the Everton squad, but a few others surprised him; Ancelotti went strong from the start, indicative of their ambitions for this trophy, and he was rewarded with a polished performance.
“I was very happy with that, because it shows that Everton is serious about the competition,” said Barton. “It shows tremendous respect that they showed up and played the right way, especially when you watch golf in class at both clubs.”
Fleetwood had a lot of spirit and energy and was well organized, but Everton had the ones in red and white chasing shadows for long periods of time. The ball zipped from side to side and the hosts couldn’t get close to them, their only pinch to the goal in the first was a left wing corner.
Everton, on the other hand, appeared to be able to break through at any moment and their first goal came in the 23rd minute when Richarlison slid in at the back post to finish Bernard’s cross after good work by Alex Iwobi.
Iwobi has been bitterly disappointed for the past 12 months, but Ancelotti was impressed with his attitude here and the former Arsenal man was involved in the second goal in the 35th minute, his nimble heel gave Richarlison a chance to hit in from 14 yards. .
Alex Iwobi was quick to respond to Mark Duffy’s early second half
While Everton’s replacements wailed, with Seamus Coleman particularly boisterous, Ancelotti chewed his way through a packet of gum. He was a picture of serenity, but he had no intention of getting ahead of himself.
For good reason. Everton was sloppy after the restart, giving a stupid goal to Mark Duffy’s substitute but soon Iwobi recovered their two goals. Fleetwood refused to leave and the fantastic bicycle kick from Callum Camps in the 58th minute gave hope for a penalty shootout.
It was not to be, however, as Everton’s extra class showed with Bernard’s 73rd minute drive, before substitute Moise Kean completed the score by converting a cross from the impressive Niels Nkounkou into extra time. Only then did Ancelotti smile.
“I chose this line-up because it could be a dangerous game,” said Ancelotti, whose side will face West Ham in round four. ‘We scored goals with good attacking football. We didn’t start the second half very well, we were a bit lazy, but by then the game was good. ‘
Fleetwood’s Callum Camps scored acrobatically as the hosts put on an impressive fight