An away tie at Lincoln City to kick off Everton’s Carabao Cup campaign was never going to be a routine victory but the Blues were determined to bounce back from the disappointing defeat at Villa Park the previous Sunday and Marco Silva fielded a strong side that included first starts for Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi, Fabian Delph and Djibril Sidibe.

Things could not have started worse for the Toffeemen as after a mere 20 seconds, some great work from Lincoln midfielder Jack Payne allowed him to cut it back for Harry Anderson to rifle into the top corner of Pickford’s net and put the Imps 1-0 ahead. An astonishing 30 yard free-kick from Lucas Digne put the Blues back on level terms on 36 minutes and it remained 1-1 until half-time.

Entering the second half, Morgan Schneiderlin won a penalty which Sigurdsson duly converted just before the hour mark, giving Everton the lead for the first time. But Lincoln were not giving up without a fight and a thunderous volley from Bruno Andrade made it 2-2 ten minutes later.

The game looked to be heading for penalties before Cenk Tosun rushed to the far post to flick Sigurdsson’s cross back across the six-yard area and Alex Iwobi was able to nod in his first Everton goal making the score 3-2. Seven minutes later, a magnificent cross from Digne, after some tricky footwork from the full-back, was met by the head of Richarlison who thumped in Everton’s fourth and put an extraordinary game out of the Imps’ reach. Everton secured their progress to the Carabao Cup third round.

28th August 2019 – Carabao Cup Second Round

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