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Interval blast sorts out poor Everton

Everton 2 Middlesbrough 1

Published 09/03/2009

Everton boss David Moyes revealed that his players were given the scolding of their lives to get them back into their FA Cup quarter-final with Middlesbrough.

Boro were deservedly ahead at the break thanks to a David Wheater header, and Moyes and his coach Steve Round both laid into their side at the break.

They got their required response in a six-minute spell which saw Marouane Fellaini and substitute Louis Saha grab the goals which secured a 2-1 win and a semi-final place against Manchester United on the weekend of April 18/19.

Moyes feared though for a long spell in the opening hour that they would fail to make it to the last four.

He said: "It was a case of who could get into the dressing room first to have a real go at them. It was Steve Round, my coach, who got there first.

"The way we played in the first half is not the way Everton play. And they were told that in no uncertain terms by both of us.

"But we are delighted now to have got this far.”

Belfast Telegraph

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