Monday, 25 January 2021 07:15

Staff Reporter.

Everton eased past Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted his 15th goal of the season by sliding in to convert Andre Gomes' low cross.

The home side added to their tally in the second half as Richarlison and Yerry Mina headed goals from corners whipped in by James Rodriguez.

Everton will face Wycombe or Tottenham in the next round, with those two sides meeting on Monday.

Victory means Everton have reached the fifth round for the first time since 2015-16 and have now progressed from 12 of their past 13 FA Cup ties against teams from a lower division.

Carlo Ancelotti's side have also been going well in the Premier League and so will feel confident of an extended FA Cup run and perhaps claiming a first major trophy since 1995, when they beat Manchester United in the final.

Wednesday, next to bottom of the Championship, made a bright start as Adam Reach forced Toffees goalkeeper Robin Olsen into a decent save with a drive from long range.

But the hosts took the lead through Calvert-Lewin's opportunistic finish and the England international could have had another in the second half but saw a shot from the angle pushed away by goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith.

Two goals in three second-half minutes ended the game as a contest and Everton could have added further to their tally, Richarlison in particular twice going close.

The hosts gave a debut to 16-year-old Thierry Small with five minutes to go, as he replaced Rodriguez to become Everton's youngest-ever player.