Everton delivered one of the FA Cup’s most empathic upsets as the Premier League underdogs knocked out National League outfit Boreham Wood.
Two second-half goals from Salomon Rondon, playing only his sixth game in senior football, rewarded a fantastic performance from the Toffees who will meet Crystal Palace in the next round.
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The Merseyside club have been the story of this season’s FA Cup so far, defying all the odds to reach the quarter-final stage.
Much-fancied Boreham Wood were out-fought and out-thought by Frank Lampard’s side on what will surely go down as one of, if not the, greatest night in Everton Football Club’s history.
‘It was a proper old-fashioned cup-tie. Blood and thunder. Plenty of chances at both ends and a real spectacle I’m sure for anyone watching at home’, a grinning Lampard told Paddy Power News.
‘No but seriously. It was dreadful. I think I dozed off a couple times’, he immediately countered.
Goal scorer Rondon said scoring twice against a team like Boreham Wood was beyond his wildest fantasies.
‘It’s real Roy of the Rovers stuff’, beamed the part-time electrician.
‘I can tell my grandkids I once shared a pitch with Mark Ricketts. I’m still pinching myself’.
Meanwhile, Boreham Wood boss Luke Garrard admits last night’s shock FA Cup exit at the hands of lowly Everton could well cost him his job.
‘Everton played the game of their lives, and congratulations to them’, the 36-year-old told Paddy Power News.
‘It’s hard to take a result like that. We should be winning games against teams of that quality – no disrespect to Everton’.
‘The players, myself, we’re the ones who have to go back to Boreham and look the people of that village in the eye’.
‘I still feel I’m the man to take the club forward but it’s a results business and results like that cost managers their jobs’.
In related news, it’s understood Everton are planning an open-top bus parade through Liverpool city centre to commemorate the famous giant-killing.
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