The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND -

NO LUKAKU, no Barkley, no Stones nor Deulofeu when the teamsheet ar­rived at 2.15, it was tempt­ing to won­der whether the Tof­fees had com­mit­ted the same mis­take as their big ri­vals across Stan­ley Park.

Less than 24 hours ear­lier, Jur­gen Klopp’s kids came within a whisker of los­ing to Ex­eter and the 1,800 trav­el­ling Dag­gers fans could scent an up­set of their own.

Sadly, the gulf, though cer­tainly nar­rowed, was still too vast. It wasn’t so much the qual­ity as the pace and power. Ever­ton had enough of both – not to men­tion ex­pe­ri­ence in the shape of men like Phil Jagielka – to nul­lify Da­gen­ham at source.

John Still’s side were bril­liantly or­gan­ised and de­fended su­perbly but didn’t have a sin­gle shot on tar­get. In truth, they could have played un­til next year and still failed to trou­ble Joel Robles.

Yet this was al­ways a bonus. Avoid­ing the Con­fer­ence is what mat­ters. And if they show this kind of dis­ci­pline in League Two, they’ll be fine.

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