Everton won 2-0 at home to League Two strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge and eased into the foruth round of the FA Cup.
Dagenham had gone to Goodison Park hoping to cause an upset, but unfortunately for them Premier League Everton were too strong for John Still’s men.
The Daggers game a good account of themselves, frustrating the team 79 places above them.
Everton striker Kone headed the home side into the lead after half an hour, and it had been coming as all the action was in the away side’s defensive third.
Kevin Mirallas made it 2-0 late on from the penalty spot, but it had all been one way as Dagenham barely made it out of their own half.
Dagenham have conceded 45 goals in their 25 league matches this season, but they made Everton work hard to create openings and although the home side dominated possession, shooting opportunities were hard to come by.
The game finished 2-0, Everton were never really in danger but John Still’s Dagenham side did themselves proud.
Here are THREE things we learned from the F.A Cup match between Everton and Dagenham…..
1). Dagenham’s defence looks quite solid.
Dagenham may have conceded two goals, but to a team that is at the opposite end of the Football pyramid to them is no disgrace.
The Daggers have conceded 45 goals in the league, yet today they frustrated Premier league Everton for large parts of the game, albeit the Toffees were not at full strength.
If they can take this kind if defending into the next League Two match against second placed Northampton Town, they have a good chance of surviving the fight against relegation.
2) John Still is a quality coach
Daggers manager has not be back at the club for long yet Dagenham’s performance has improved dramatically, two wins and a credible performance bodes well for the remainder of the season.
Circumstances at Luton led to John Still being sacked yet they were still playing decent football, and with a bit more luck would of picked up more favourable results.
3). Daggers will need Cousins to play like this every week.
Dagenham keeper Mark Cousins had a very assured game for the League Two side, he was composed, and commanded his defence perfectly.
Cousins pulled off some good saves to deny the Premier League side, he will need to replicate the performance against Northampton next Saturday for the Daggers.
Yes, two goals went in, but he was not at fault for either, so a few more games like that and relegation might be forgotten about for this year.
Dagenham fans have your say………What did you think of todays game? Can Dagenham stay up? Leave your comments below!