Everton vs Dagenham & Redbridge

by | 08/01/2016  72 Comments  [Jump to last]

Everton embark on a second road to Wembley this weekend with the visit of Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup Third Round.

A home tie against the team currently occupying 90th position in England's top four leagues, while not to be taken lightly, was always going to provide Roberto Martinez an opportunity to rest some weary legs and hand some playing time to up-and-coming or fringe playersbut the manager will also get to welcome two senior players back from injury.

Phil Jagielka will be in the starting XI following two and a half months out of action with medial knee ligament damage while Steven Pienaar is also in line to make his latest comeback from his own catalogue or injury problems.

Jagielka has made the bench for the past two games but his manager has confirmed that the captain will be in the side. Pienaar, meanwhile, has had a number of setbacks in his bid to remain fully fit but he came through 90 minutes of a behind-closed-doors practice game this week and will be included in the squad.

With a busy January programme perpetuating the packed festive schedule, Martinez will make further changes for the visit of the Daggers but injuries from Wednesday to three key players will force his hand where they are concerned. Tom Cleverley, Romelu Lukaku and Seamus Coleman are all ruled out and that could provide opportunities for up-and-coming members of the squad or players who have been battling to hopld down regular first-team spots.

Mason Holgate is a potential starter at right back, and striker Leandro Rodriguez who the manager indicated could make the squad. The two summer signings have featured at Under-21 level, although the Uruguayan was sidelined for a time with a hamstring problem which he has now overcome.

Then there are players like Kevin Mirallas, Aaron Lennon, Leon Osman and Gerard Deulofeu who could all benefit either from more game time or the confidence-booster that could come from playing against and possibly scoring aainst a lower-division.

Furthermore, the manager was asked about the futures of Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson, two players who under normal circumstances would be viewed as pime candidates for a game like this, but the interest he confirmed in both Irishmen from other clubs in their services whether on loan or a permanent transfer could preclude their involvement tomorrow lest they pick up injuries.

Meanwhile, Martinez has yet to make a decision over whether Joel Robles or Tim Howard will get the nod to play in goal. The Spanish 'keeper has been the designated first-choice stopper for Everton's League Cup run and he was the man between the posts for last season's abortive FA Cup campaign because of injury to Howard.

As the League Cup ties against Barnsley and Reading demonstated, shuffling the pack too much can have a destablising effect on the side. On both occasions, Martinez was able to rectify the situation with targeted second-half substitutions but any Everton side playing at home against League Two opposition should have enough quality to progress to the next round.

Kick-off: 3pm
Possible line-up: Robles, Holgate, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Galloway, Besic, Osman, Pienaar, Deulofeu, Mirallas, Kone

Note: The game is not being carried by any of the main global broadcasters

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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 08/01/2016 at 17:36:14
Yet to decide whether Robles or Howard are in goal?

Surely it's a no brainer it's got to be Robles, the lad needs games for Christ sake!

I'm a little worried by one too many newbies coming into the team at once, yes it's Dagenham, they are virtually non-league but this is the FA Cup, it's made its name out of shock results.

Good to see Jagielka back as well.

Robert Workman
2 Posted 08/01/2016 at 17:44:31
I have never listed my preferred team before, but for this one-off game, I feel it is important that fringe players and impressive youngsters are given a chance. Having said that I believe that the game should be as good as won before changes are made.

I would start with:-

Pennington, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Galloway
Lennon, Gibson, Besic, Pienaar

On the bench I would have U21 players, plus Deulofeu. (Just in case!)

Paul Ellam
3 Posted 08/01/2016 at 18:13:11
Good to see Jagielka back! Hopefully we will start to keep a few clean sheets now.

My XI would be 4-2-3-1:

Holgate, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Oviedo (if fit) or Galloway
Besic, Osman
Lennon, Mirallas, Dowell

Christy Ring
4 Posted 08/01/2016 at 18:49:58
Martinez has to look at the bigger picture, and play Robles tomorrow. Howard has been a good servant, he's 36, and his time is up. Give Robles a chance to claim the No 1 jersey, and if he's not up to it, buy a keeper before the window closes.

The team that Bob picked to play Man City, apart from injuries, had shape and tactics correct, for a change. So don't ruin the good work, by bringing Tim and Kone back.

Eddie Dunn
5 Posted 08/01/2016 at 18:50:49
Gentlefolk, if we make too many changes, we could get dumped out of the Cup.

This visiting team will be playing the game of their lives. Remember Krasnodar last season, with lots of the youngsters playing.

We don't want to lose the momentum of the last two games, by blooding too many players.

Keith Conchie
7 Posted 08/01/2016 at 18:55:38
Does anybody know if there is any global TV broadcast for this game? I can't find any so far.
Phil Walling
8 Posted 08/01/2016 at 19:00:18
Our U21 team would be good enough to beat D&G who are having a horror season. My guess is that Tim Howard will be back for this one – not because he is now second choice but because the manager will not want Robles building up a head of steam for inclusion as he did so competently last season.

Any ten others from 46 should see us safely into the fourth round.

Jay Harris
9 Posted 08/01/2016 at 19:01:33

I understand your point but if our youngsters and/or fringe players cant beat Dagenham at home we should get rid of them all. I would give virtually the whole first 11 a day off bearing in mind Man City midweek and Chelsea next Saturday.

I would go with:

Holgate, Jagielka, Funes Mori;
Lennon, Gibson, Osman, Galloway;
Dowell, Kone (Naismith), Mirallas.

Graham Mockford
10 Posted 08/01/2016 at 19:17:55

I agree that D&G are rubbish but they wear the most stylish kit. This season's is to die for.

Darren Hind
11 Posted 08/01/2016 at 19:23:14
It would be fantastic to think we could get a dozen or so games from Pienaar.

Barkley, Lukaku. Stones, Coleman, Deulofeu, Besic and... Bainaar.

Joseph Terrence
12 Posted 08/01/2016 at 19:29:19
I see the point about ruining momentum, but I feel as though the risk of resting the regulars and relying on squad players to see out a League 2 side is one that must be made. My XI:

Holgate, Jagielka, Pennington, Galloway;
Osman, Gibson;
Lennon, Naismith, Dowell;

I do think Phil Wailing could be correct re Howard.

Mike Corcoran
13 Posted 08/01/2016 at 19:36:25
Keith at 7 I usually find a stream via http://shadygiz.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1
Victor Jones
14 Posted 08/01/2016 at 20:36:00
I would go with a strong team tomorrow. Play as many of the team that beat City in midweek.(except for those carrying injuries. Tell Besic to try and not be sent off. Go for Dagenham right from the start. Hopefully have the game won by half time. Hopefully be 3 or 4 up. Then bring on three youngsters for the second half. Easy peasy. Well that is the theory. And you cannot beat a good cup run. With favourable draws, who knows. But I stress caution with playing too much of a second string. As already mentioned, the youngsters were not great against that piss poor Russian outfit.

And I know that times are different, but keep in mind what a very poor Shrewsbury Town did to the mighty toffees. Take no chances. Let's get safely into the next round.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 08/01/2016 at 20:41:11
Hopefully we shouldn't have too many problems getting through to the next round. I'll be taking a keen interest in Jamie Curetan, who plays for the opposition; I think he is 39 years of age, has played for a multiple of clubs over the years and has scored for fun at every one of them, mostly at a lower level.

He is a good professional player and even at his age he must be closely watched. I might have a small wager on him scoring.

Bill Griffiths
16 Posted 08/01/2016 at 20:58:27
Redshite currently paying the price by making wholesale changes and playing lots of kids.
Oliver Molloy
17 Posted 08/01/2016 at 21:11:56
Mason Holgate is going to be a another Stones I reckon. I agree with Jim @ 1 – it has to be Robles between the posts for me.

No matter what team the incredible one picks we should have this won by half-time providing the players on the field do as they should and take nothing for granted.

Come on, Exeter!

Mike Oates
18 Posted 08/01/2016 at 21:12:57
Think he'll go with:

Pennington, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Galloway;
McGeady, Gibson, Osman, Mirallas;
Kone, Naismith;

Subs: Howard, Stones, Baines, Besic, Pienaar, McAleny, Rodriquez.

Phil Sammon
19 Posted 08/01/2016 at 21:25:47
Surely our much improved defensive display against Man City has shown Martinez that Robles is a more appropriate selection than Howard. I certainly don't buy the argument that the defenders feel safer with Howard behind them. If anything, it looks like the absolute opposite!

When a much younger player comes in and starts out-performing a 36-year-old, surely it's a no-brainer to look to the future and play the young lad. Good reliable keepers are hard to come by. Let's not throw away this opportunity for the sake of flapper Howard.

Paul Kernot
20 Posted 08/01/2016 at 21:30:54
Hey guys. Please bang one in early for my young friend Noah who has his 12th birthday on Saturday. He'll be in his wheelchair in his usual place, slot 11 in the park end. 12th minute would be perfect, then go say happy birthday to him.

To the rest of you guys who will be at the game: please join us singing happy birthday to a special young man on 12 mins. To read more about Noel, see his story down the list of articles on the site. Cheers guys COYB. Let's get into two cup finals this year.
David Greenwood
21 Posted 08/01/2016 at 21:35:27
Paul @19. Saw that article, I think young Noah will be inundated with cards. Hope he gets his goal in the 12th minute!
Victor Jones
22 Posted 08/01/2016 at 22:01:23
Good post, Paul... Barring a complete shock, young Noah should see the Toffees win a football match tomorrow. And don't rule out a goal in the 12th minute. These things do happen... sometimes. COYBs
Paul Kernot
23 Posted 08/01/2016 at 22:10:08
Sorry Noah. I see I just called you Noel. Must stil be the hang over from Christmas!!
Keith Conchie
24 Posted 08/01/2016 at 22:15:27
Thanks Mike @12 I'll have a look at that
Jeff Armstrong
25 Posted 08/01/2016 at 22:37:12
Lennon, Deulofeu, Mirallas, Pienaar, McGeady.

Pick any one from five wide men, cause he won't play with two!
Paul Smith
26 Posted 08/01/2016 at 23:06:07
My team for tomorrow is:

Holgate, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Galloway;
Lennon, Besic, Gibson, Pienaar;
Mirallas, Kone / Naismith.

That team will surely have enough to win.

Ken Reece
27 Posted 08/01/2016 at 23:17:14
There is no point in playing the likes of McGeady, Naismith or Gibson if there is any chance of them leaving. Give the fringe players who are staying at the club the opportunity to impress and raise their confidence levels.

We need that Besic type enthusiasm and urgency to dictate the the pace of the game from the first whistle and be ruthless. But, whatever the starting eleven, don't give Kone the chance to look good; if Martinez persists in playing him, please God change the number on his back to anything but the number 9.
Brian Porter
28 Posted 08/01/2016 at 23:21:28
Just wish Kone wasn't our only alternative to Rom. For God's sake RM, give Naisy a game and a chance to say goodbye to the fans if he is leaving us. Even if he's not, I'd prefer him to Kone any day. Kone is the one who should be leaving, not Naismith.
Eddie Dunn
29 Posted 08/01/2016 at 23:28:08
A note about playing too many reserves, is look at the RS, they have another game now!

Also, if things go tits-up in the second leg of the semi, the FA Cup will be high on our list of priorities, and therefore we should not encourage a shock – stranger things have happened. Put the Daggers to the sword!
Harold Matthews
30 Posted 08/01/2016 at 23:40:28
I see Leandro is in the match squad. Might even be involved.
Tony Hill
31 Posted 08/01/2016 at 00:04:10
I do hope so, Harold, I think he's a serious option. My other two great hopes are Holgate who I think is a better prospect than Stones at the same age and, best of all, Dowell who, given the right coaching, will in my view be one of our very best, the lad is just pure class.

As I have said on another thread, I think we have a rare crop of young players behind the first team, I just wish I had more confidence in RM to manage the unity and transition of the whole thing.

Tony Hill
32 Posted 09/01/2016 at 00:08:34
PS: I know Dowell isn't in the squad but I can't resist mentioning him. He's such a talent.
Alun Jones
33 Posted 09/01/2016 at 00:11:48
Shame if Gibson goes. I have a lot of respect for his ability. I thought this season he might have been used a bit more with the injuries to McCarthy and our League Cup run. We never really saw the best of him in a blue shirt so I wish him well if he moves on this January.
Anto Byrne
35 Posted 09/01/2016 at 05:55:10
Lennon at right-back with a Jagielka, Funes Mori and Galloway or Baines; Osman, Pienaar, Besic and Gibson; Kone and Mirallas up front. Robles in goal.

On the bench: Naismith (unless sold), McAleny, Oviedo, perhaps Tony Hibbert or Pennington. Probably unwise to make too many changes. Of course, if Baines is fit, I would play him to link up with Pienaar.
Harold Matthews
36 Posted 09/01/2016 at 07:39:02
This thread looks safe. I'm getting one or two weird complaints elsewhere. Good job I drop the shotgun and only use a water pistol on the negative stuff. Wouldn't be surprised if some players with secret fan clubs employ protective moles on TW.
Harold Matthews
37 Posted 09/01/2016 at 08:27:17
Yes Tony, I think we're all looking forward to seeing Leandro but, coming back from two injuries, I wouldn't expect him to be up to speed. In fact, he may very well stay on the bench.

Holgate, Dowell and all the other talented lads are very carefully guided, coached and monitored in their later stages by Unsy and Joe Royle. Two experienced men who don't miss a trick.

RM is a big admirer of the way John Toshack ran the youth system at Real Sociedad and he might well be trying similar methods with our own boys. The two men probably met while Martinez was with Swansea and I'll bet they had many chats about La Liga as well as various managerial issues. Personally, I think our boya are in good hands but they're all free to go the way of Long if the opportunity arises.

Stephen Brown
38 Posted 09/01/2016 at 08:42:22
A good run in the FA Cup (win it?!) as well as a League Cup trophy and maybe 6th in the League! Can I dream? Is it possible or should I go back to pessimism (pays as a Blue!)

I'd go for:

Holgate, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Galloway;
Gibson, Besic;
Lennon, Osman, Mirallas;

Depending on score, give Pienaar, Dowell and Leandro a run 2nd half!

We need a good win to create some momentum!

Tony Abrahams
39 Posted 09/01/2016 at 08:45:46
Seventh Stephen, I think we have won the cup a couple of times when we finished seventh!! Ask Phil?
Stephen Brown
40 Posted 09/01/2016 at 08:50:20
I'd take that, Tony.
Bobby Thomas
41 Posted 09/01/2016 at 09:09:54
We finished 7th in '84 didn't we? Think it was 11th in '66.

I actually don't know for '95, 16th possibly??

Mike Allison
42 Posted 09/01/2016 at 09:38:09
It's not about playing kids, it's about using the experienced professionals who've not got much game time in their legs, and resting those who've played nearly every minute this season.
Jon Withey
43 Posted 09/01/2016 at 09:49:23
Naismith? It seems we have virtually sold him already.

Anyway, Stephen Brown (#36) gets my vote for manager.

Robles needs competitive game time – if he lets us down badly, at least it answers a question.

That said, it's my birthday and I'm impatient to see Henen, Dowell, Holgate and Rodriguez play proper games.

At the very least, we need to look into our right-back slot as there doesn't seem to be a natural successor to Coleman right now.

Peter Mills
44 Posted 09/01/2016 at 09:56:49
Take no notice Harold (#34), we all suffer from weird complaints now and again! Keep it coming, I rely on you for the lowdown on players near and far.
Tony Abrahams
45 Posted 09/01/2016 at 10:01:16
I'd take 11th or even 16th again to win this cup Bobby. I remember Arsene Wenger, saying years ago that the FA Cup, was going to lose a lot of significance, and I thought no fucking way. He was saying that it was all just going to be about the premier Lge, in the future because that's where the money was.

Although he's been proved right, this cup was and always will be the greatest cup competition in the world to me. I can close my eyes and still picture Elton John, with tears in his eyes, and the flag that was saying sorry... BUT I GUESS THAT''S WHY THEY CALL US THE BLUES!

Just another reason why I hate The Premier League: it's like our left side of the pitch, so fucking unbalanced, and it's ruined The FA Cup!!!!

Paul Rimmer
46 Posted 09/01/2016 at 10:26:04
Good post from Tony Abrahams above. The FA Cup should mean more and still does to most fans. We need a win here as we haven't had enough of them this season!

I'd go with an experienced team such as...

Lennon, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Galloway;
Osman, Gibson;
Pienaar, Mirallas, Oviedo;

John Crawley
47 Posted 09/01/2016 at 10:27:29
Tony like you I love this competition but I think the FA are the ones who've totally messed it up. From the Man United debacle in the World Cup competition, to changing the time/weekthe finals played (more than once!), to moving the semi finals to Wembley- you name it they've cocked it up!

With regard the team selection, please Martinez give us a chance of winning the competition and plays Robles, after all he knows what's needed to win it! Picking Howard for this competition would be a disaster waiting to happen.

Amit Vithlani
49 Posted 09/01/2016 at 10:29:52
Stephen (#36), I think that will be team. But I am hoping Martinez uses 4-4-2 to test out the players' ability to adapt and if some of squad players are fit would like to see them start.

Funes Mori (Galloway if Garbutt fit)
Galloway (Garbutt if fit)

Oviedo (Pienaar if Oviedo not fit)

Mirallas (free to roam)
Leandro (Kone if Leandro not fit)


If Naismith, Gibson and McGeady are going to be shipped out in this window, it makes no sense to me to cup tie them until their suitors have exited the Cup...

Darren Hind
50 Posted 09/01/2016 at 10:35:48
You and many other Evertonians, Tony.

You only need to look at the demand for tickets when we've been drawn at the Emirates, or The SOL in recent seasons, Evertonians have a real affinity with this cup.


Having seen Holgate 4-5 times I have to agree with you. He does have the Stones mentality AND ability. I think he is being groomed to replace Stones when/if he does leave, but I would love to see them have a couple of seasons as a partnership... Though we'd need to set up a special coronary unit for The Park End Panic Merchants.

John Crawley
51 Posted 09/01/2016 at 10:47:59
"...set up a special coronary unit for The Park End Panic Merchants" – love it, Darren!!
Andy Meighan
52 Posted 09/01/2016 at 10:51:15
Amit (#46),

Garbutt is on loan to Fulham for the season, isn't he???

Steve Carse
53 Posted 09/01/2016 at 10:53:24
John (45), I think it's been a case not so much of the FA messing the Cup up but of the PL asserting its power. This is starting to reappear with more talk of doing away with replays.

The only way the FA Cup will regain its standing is if a sponsor was to put up a 㾶m+ prize money for the winners. I'm surprised this hasn't happened yet, given the amounts the leading blue chip multinationals plough into individual clubs like Man Utd.

Peter Norris
54 Posted 09/01/2016 at 10:53:43
Amit. Garbutt's on loan to Fulham for the season. You may want to change your team!
Oliver Molloy
55 Posted 09/01/2016 at 10:56:59

I doubt very much Stones will be here next season, but there is no doubt that those two lads playing together (if possible) would get your heart pumping!

Colin Glassar
57 Posted 09/01/2016 at 11:09:33
I'd go with this team:

Funes Mori

Subs: Howard, Galloway, Barry, Holgate, Pienaar, Barkley, Leandro.

Ognjen Mojovic
58 Posted 09/01/2016 at 11:12:02
I just have learned that Everton lost more FA Cup Finals than any other team. Does that say something about overall character of club? (What do Leicester City supporters then think about their cup record?)

If the club wins the FA Cup, then it will receive almost £3.4 million from the Prize fund (not including other sorts of income). Is this enough to be attractive even from financial side?

John Crawley
59 Posted 09/01/2016 at 11:19:14
Steve I'll have to disagree with you on that.

  • The FA wanted Man Utd to play in World Club competition to help England's World Cup bid;
  • They moved the semis to get more money for Wembley;
  • They moved two finals because they wanted the Champions League finals;
  • They moved the time to 5:15 because they wanted to get a bigger TV audience;
  • They've had it sponsored and renamed The Emirates FA Cup;
  • They reduced the number of tickets to fans for the final.
That's all down to the FA!
Brian Harrison
60 Posted 09/01/2016 at 11:21:02
Colin 53

I agree with your team selection, but surely Hibbert must play – if not now, when will he ever play?

Also would you not play Naismith up front in what may be his final game? Mind maybe the prospect of him getting injured might be a deterrent, especially if Norwich meet the asking price.

Christopher Timmins
61 Posted 09/01/2016 at 11:24:19
Funes Mori
Vijay Nair
62 Posted 09/01/2016 at 11:28:15
I hope Hibbo gets some game time. Love for him to score.
Matthew Salem
63 Posted 09/01/2016 at 11:29:12
If Howard is in goal for this game, may The Lord Almighty forgive me and have mercy on me, for I will not be held responsible for me actions.

FFS, Martinez. What the hell is your problem? Is Robles unable to tend the goal in back-to-back games?
Peter Mills
64 Posted 09/01/2016 at 12:05:44
I've got to agree with you lads about winning the FA Cup, I would love to see us do it.

The usual gang I go to the match with are not going today, all for valid reasons (work, cash, forthcoming matches) but it's 3rd Round day so I'm going, with great memories of Sunderland in '66, Stoke in '84, the day out at Scunthorpe 5 years ago, and many more. And seeking revenge for Marine 3 - Dagenham 4 in the Amateur Cup in 1967!

Ognjen (#54), I've been at 5 of those Cup Final defeats and I don't think any of them were due to lack of character.

Amit Vithlani
66 Posted 09/01/2016 at 12:13:39
Peter 50 I thought it was terminated when he ruptured his achilles at the start of the season?
Amit Vithlani
67 Posted 09/01/2016 at 12:16:06
I see Garbutt is indeed still on loan at Fulham and scored recently. Hard to keep up with our loans!
Jon Cox
68 Posted 09/01/2016 at 12:18:43
Hey Peter, don't forget...

Who put the "T" in Britain?

Dave Abrahams
69 Posted 09/01/2016 at 12:19:19
Peter (#60) yes, you can't beat the FA Cup; memories come flooding back... 1949 Billy Higgins scoring against the late great Frank Swift; Eddie Wainwright scoring a penalty versus the great Spurs team a year later; Davie Hickson with his unforgettable winner against Man Utd and in the same season versus Villa; right through to the sixties and the eighties memorable games, goals and spectators going berserk with joy and crying tears of despair. The FA cup rules, seeing them bastards Liverpool going over seventy years before they won this cup and Everton taking 12 months to win it back... my grandson is going to his first game today at two years of age, hope he brings us luck.
Colin Glassar
70 Posted 09/01/2016 at 12:33:46
Hibbo can't play. Yesterday Martinez finally gave up the ghost and said Hibbo would soon be swimming with the fishes.
Peter Mills
71 Posted 09/01/2016 at 12:37:27
Jon (#64) – that sprang to mind instantly!
Dave (#65), I hope Junior enjoys his day.
Rob Hooton
72 Posted 09/01/2016 at 13:08:39
That's a shame Colin, would like to see Hibbo get 15 minutes up front in the hope that we can, at long last, run riot when he gets that goal!!
Winston Williamson
73 Posted 09/01/2016 at 14:02:37
I think RM will go with three at the back today...

Stones, Jagielka, Funes Mori
Lennon, Galloway
Osman, Besic, Barry

I'd not go with this team, but I think RM will...

Colin Glassar
74 Posted 09/01/2016 at 14:19:16
Hibbo has a serious problem, Rob. I doubt we will ever see him play for Everton again.
Thomas Surgenor
75 Posted 09/01/2016 at 14:20:19
Naismith won't play - that would cup tie him.

Pienaar will play #10 role like he did internationally as he isn't up to speed to bounce up and down a line.

Geoff Evans
76 Posted 09/01/2016 at 14:30:46
Colin @70: Sorry to hear about Hibbo (True Blue).
Clive Rogers
77 Posted 09/01/2016 at 14:31:56
Hibbo has scar tissue on calf muscle.

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