A comfortable performance saw Everton beat Oldham Athletic 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round replay at Goodison Park.
The home side opened the scoring in the 15th minute as a tidy cross from Darron Gibson was met by Kevin Mirallas.
The game continued with neither side taking control and Oldham didn’t look like scoring with striker Matt Smith on the bench.
Everton started to gain some momentum in the 30th minute with chances coming from Leighton Baines and Leon Osman, and the pressure led to the home side’s second goal. Seamus Coleman’s cross was handled by Connor Brown and referee Micheal Oliver correctly pointed to the spot. Baines stepped up to score his 13th career penalty for the club.
After the double substitution in the 53rd minute which saw Robbie Simpson and Smith join play, Oldham appeared to get a new lease of life. Phil Neville kept Everton in the game as he blocked a cross that was meant for Jose Baxter, and second’s later Lee Croft’s shot was saved by Tim Howard.
Leon Osman scored the third after a cross from Steven Pienaar in the 62nd minute, which caught everyone in the Oldham box unawares for the midfielder to head home.
Just two minutes later Matt Smith grabbed a consolation for the League One side as he headed home Jonathan Grounds’ corner. Although this finally gave the visitors some hope, they never took advantage and allowed Everton to regain control of the tie.
The Premier League club will play Wigan in the quarter-finals.