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FA Cup 4th Round, 27th January 2001

What could be better for Everton in the 4th Round of the FA Cup?  A fixture that could kindle the fading embers of this grand old competition, pitching local rivals against each other in a top-level competitive match for just the fourth time in their history?  Or utter humiliation. The kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes due to crowd congestion caused by ticket problems as a result of the postal strike in Liverpool.  Xavier made a return in defence for Everton, as the players suspended last week also returned. Amidst a tremendous atmosphere of crushing noise, the match started off at great pace with Everton attacking the Gwladys Street end.  An early drive from Gravesen brought a superb save from Achterberg, and Watson blasted a shot just over.   But it was not all one way, with Tranmere trying hard to give as good as they got as the game developed into a classic end-to-end Cup encounter.  And it was soon first blood to Tranmere as Koumas and Parkinson broke and Flynn whipped in a cross to Yeats who's looped header fooled Myhre and crept inside the post... and all of a sudden, Everton had a mountain to climb. Campbell scored soon after but he was wrongly judged offside.  Ho hum...  Everton huffed and puffed but it was Koumas and Parkinson who exerted increasing control on midfield, and reaped the rewards when Koumas made it 2-0, with Unsworth having a nightmare. Gravesen's response was to foul players like Koumas who were showing him up and going around him with ease.  Gravesen was duly booked just before half time, when the Everton players slumped off to a chorus of boos.  Walter Smith did his best to shake things up at half-time, putting Gough and Moore on in place of Unsworth and Hughes, but it had Brian Little effect.  Tranmere waited patiently 'til the next good opportunity, from a corner, when Yeats headed home his second goal to underline the dreadful capitulation by this moribund Everton team. The game dragged on to the increasing anguish and embarrassment of Evertonians everywhere, eventually petering out to a crescendo of boos as the Goodison "faithful" vented their unremitting anger on the sorry state of Everton Football Club.

Everton: Myhre; S Watson, Xavier, Ball, Unsworth (46' Gough); Gemmill, Gravesen, Pembridge, Hughes (46' Moore); Campbell {capt}, Cadamarteri (71' Tal). unused subs: Simonsen, Jevons.

Achterberg, Hill, Jobson, Hamilton, Yates, Allen, Hinds, Koumas, Flynn (83' Henry), Parkinson (86' S Taylor), Rideout (81' Hume). Unused Subs: Allison, Murphy.
Referee: Jeff Winter (Stockton-on-Tees)





MOTTO: UBI FIDES IBI LUX ET ROBUR which means "Where there is faith, there is light and strength."

Designed by Ned O'Toole, Paul Harmon and Oisín Ronan.
Special thanks to Tranmere Rovers Football club for the information.