FA Cup Preview: Cheltenham Town - Everton

Dale Jones
January 4, 2013
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Cheltenham Town

Jones, Elliot, Bennett, Jombati
Pack, McGlashan, Carter, Penn
Mohamed, Harrad


Duffy, Heitinga, Distin, Oviedo
Naismith, Neville, Hitzlsperger, Gueye
Vellios, Anichebe

The Robins hope experienced midfielder Darren Carter can recover from a knock to the knee he took during the 1-0 loss to Oxford United on New Years Day.

Manager Mark Yates has a choice to make with his strikers. Shaun Harrad and Kaid Mohamed have performed well in the FA Cup this season and were only substitutes against Oxford, while Darryl Duffy and Jeff Goulding have impressed in League Two.

On-loan Reading duo Jake Taylor and Lawson D'Ath will both miss out as their loans expired on Jan. 2, but the club could look to bring the former back after catching the eye during his eight appearances for the club.

The away side looks set to rest a number of first-team players for the trip to the Abbey Business stadium, with regulars such as Tim Howard, Marouane Fellaini and Leon Osman expected to miss out.

Young defender Shane Duffy could feature at right back with Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman (hamstring) both missing through injury, along with midfielder Darron Gibson (thigh) and forward Kevin Mirallas (hamstring).



  • Cheltenham Town midfielder Darren Carter is the club's only player with have Premier League experience, playing for Birmingham City and West Brom.

  • The home side is looking to make the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2002 when it made its best run ever, reaching the fifth round.

  • The Robins have had a relatively easy passage to the third round, having played non-league clubs in their previous two rounds, but took to extra time in the second round to get by Blue Square Bet Premier side Hereford United.

  • Cheltenham has only failed to score in one home match this season, when it lost 3-0 to Accrington Stanley at the start of September.

  • Everton has won the FA Cup five times in the club's history, which is tied for eighth place on the all-time winners list along with Chelsea and West Brom.

  • The Toffees' most recent triumph came in 1995, when they shocked Manchester United. The closest they have come since was a final appearance against Chelsea in 2009.

  • Striker Victor Anichebe (pictured) has scored five goals so far this season, only one goal behind his best for a season.

  • The Toffees have only failed to score once when playing away from Goodison Park. That came on the same day as Cheltenham failed to score at home as Everton lost 2-0 away to West Brom on Sept. 1.