Everton prevented any worries of a Carabao Cup banana pores and skin as their much-changed aspect beat Salford 3-Zero to progress to spherical three.
Michael Keane nodded the Toffees forward after eight minutes at Goodison Park from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s nook, however the hosts struggled to check visiting goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky sufficient earlier than the break to ever really threaten so as to add to their lead.
The summer time arrival needed to be at his greatest after the break, nonetheless, to save lots of from Anthony Gordon and Theo Walcott, however may do nothing to disclaim Sigurdsson his 100th aim in English soccer when the Icelander fired dwelling from Gordon’s cut-back.
The woodwork would then come to Salford’s rescue 4 occasions within the dying minutes as Sigurdsson once more went shut earlier than Gordon struck the bottom of the publish with a beautiful 25-yard roller, however when the younger ahead was introduced down by Bruno Andrade with three minutes to go Moise Kean saved his penalty slightly below the crossbar to safe Everton’s secure passage to spherical three.
There was nonetheless time for a Kean header to rattle the woodwork within the closing minute earlier than Gordon struck the crossbar from the rebound, however Everton’s development was already properly safe, with a go to to League One Fleetwood City awaiting subsequent up, dwell on Sky Sports activities on Wednesday, September 23.
Everton host West Brom in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off at 12.30pm, whereas Salford journey to Grimsby later that day in League One at 3pm.