Bolton 1-2 Everton
Johnny Heitinga scored in the 90th minute to send Everton through to the 5th Round of the FA Cup as the Blues won on David Moyes’ 500th game in charge.
Everton again failed to hit the heights of their early season form, but did just enough to earn victory over their Championship opponents.
The biggest disappointment of the day was an early injury to Kevin Mirallas. The Belgium was making his return to the starting line up and looked in top form, dictating play from the first minute. However, his influence was short lived as he again pulled up suffering a repeat of his hamstring injury, and although Everton took the lead through Pienaar shortly after, they failed to stamp their authority on the game.
When Bolton equalised shortly before half time it was hard to argue it wasn’t deserved. The midfield partnership of Osman and Fellaini was struggling to take hold of the game, and although a few Evertonians booed, it wasn’t a surprise when with 10 minutes to go Moyes replaced Jelavic with Heitinga and pushed Fellaini alongside Anichebe into the attack.
The substitution was to have a massive impact, but not in the way many would have expected. With the clock ticking towards full time and a replay, Everton pushed forward in search of a winner. A scramble in the box after an Everton corner broke to Heitinga on the edge of the box and Johnny sent the travelling Evertonians wild, as he fired the ball low into the corner of the net.
Progress in the cup is all that matters, but performances will need to improve in next weeks Premier League fixtures against West Brom and Villa.