Oldham 2-2 Everton

Oldham Athletic v Everton - FA Cup Fifth Round

Game in a sentence

Oldham score at the death with memories of the hand of god on full display at Boundary Park.

Observations

  • At first glance, it didn’t look like Oldham keeper Dean Bouzanis got a touch the  game tying goal. Matt Smith was credited with the goal in the fourth minute of extra time. The FA Cup dream lives on.
  • Tim Howard deserved better. The American –saw the new show on FX, really good– was fantastic. He thwarted sub Robbie Simpson in the 88th minute, making a great reaction save.
  • It had to be strange for Paul Dickov, watching from above as his former team showed they can battle with the top clubs. He left Oldham two weeks ago, after taking only one point in nine league one games. Dickov lept from his seat when Smith scored.
  • Jordan Obita opened the scoring in the 13th minute, capitalizing on an excellent play from Jose Baxter and Lee Croft. Baxter’s clearance found Croft, who turned Leon Osman with disconcerting ease before sliding a perfect pass to Obita. When we changed the name of this blog to the Counter Attack I felt it was necessary to reference it as much as I could. For once, this is warranted. That goal was made by the Counter. Well done.
  • Victor Anichebe answered back for Everton. Oldham defender Jean Yves Mvoto was to blame for the goal, but Anichebe’s finish was class. The Latics came right back, as Obita struck the post a minute later.
  • Nikica Jelavic doesn’t look right. A heavy touch near the end of the first half summed up a rather poor display today.
  • Kevin Mirallas replaced Anichebe to star the second half. Marouane Fellaini moved further forward with Steven Pienaar playing deepers and Mirallas shifting wide. David Moyes looked like my high school math teacher today: perpetually pissed off.
  • Everton took the lead soon after. Phil Jagielka was the benefactor of a Bouzanis error, heading the ball home in the 48th minute. Lee Barnard did his best Stephan Lichsteiner impression to no avail.
  • Oldham continued to fight, producing one of my favorite cliches from the announcer: “sense there is a bit of character in this Oldham team.”
  • The TV man was right. Smith and Simpson combined torment Howard, who made a terrific save in the 79th minute, finding the ball after it Smith’s shot swerved through Phil Neville’s legs.
  • Jagielka made an excellent block on  Barnard late. The former Blade–shout out to Thomas Dobby– was excellent. 
  • In the end the efforts of Howard and Jagielka went for naught. Smith’s goal at the death ensured a replay at Goodison Park, a fixture Moyes wanted no part of. For a team battling for a Champions League birth a needless FA Cup replay was the last thing they needed. For Oldham. Well. The glory of the cup lives on.

Three stars

1. Tim Howard

2. Jordan Obita

3. Phil Jagielka