A near full-strength Everton cruised to a completely comfortable victory over Cheltenham at Whaddon Road
Right, that's it from me. Thanks for your company and emails. Stick around on site for the full match report and reaction, but from me cheerio!
Peep! Peep!! Peeeeeeeep!!! All over. And Everton are into the fourth round after the most regulation of regulation victories.
90+3 min: Three.
90+2 min: Two.
90+1 min: One.
90 min: Three minutes of added time to play.
90 min: The camera cuts to a member of the local police, who is wearing a huge grin – apparently he's got money on a 5-1 Everton win at 33-1.
Anichebe, who has had one of his better games tonight, surges down the left and chips in to Fellaini who sidefoots emphatically past Brown.
88 min: GOA … no, hang on. How did that stay out? The ball broke loose to Naismith inside the area and sat up perfectly. Brown looked beaten but somehow managed to push the thing clear.
87 min: A little bit of Everton transfer tittle-tattle from Twitter, although it does come from the respected Nigerian journalist Colin Udoh:
84 min: … Jones swings it in, Everton head clear yet again. Other than the one aberration for the goal, the visiting backline has been superb.
83 min: On commentary Craig Burley suggests that bad language gets worse at grounds the further you go up the leagues. Which is, frankly, nonsense. Cheltenham corner …
81 min: There's really not much to see here now.
79 min: Anichebe nearly threads a ball through to Gueye, but can't quite beat the Cheltenham defenders.
77 min: Penn fizzes a shot at Howard's goal but it's slapped straight into the meaty palms of the American.
74 min: Fellaini bashes into Pack. In a game that now has fallen into a gentle, slightly lumbering torpor – very much like a sleeping cow actually – that jarred like a splinter.
72 min: McGlashan again scurries down the right and his cross eventually finds its way to the substitute Jake Taylor, who volleys a good five yards over the bar.
70 min: Anichebe trundles through midfield bu loses out to Jombati. He swings in a cross … that Howard catches unchallenged. The Everton keeper has had too much catching practice tonight.
68 min: Jones's free-kick drops deep to McGlashan but the winger skews his shot high and wide.
66 min: Cheltenham replace Goulding with Duffy and Carter with Taylor. They needed a change – the fourth goal does seem to have dampened spirits at Whaddon Road.
65 min: One for the history boys, via Twitter guru OptaJoe: "Cheltenham have conceded 4+ goals in an FA Cup game at home (excl. qualifiers) for the first time since Nov 1968 (0-4 v Watford)."
63 min: Gueye replaces Baines, which means a bit of a rejig. I think Oviedo's slotted in at left-back with Gueye ahead of him wide on the left.
62 min: McGlashan gets the chance to hurtle upfield once more – he even throws in a couple of stepovers. But Everton get numbers back and smother the danger.
59 min: I think it's safe to say he's back.
This is lovely. A cheeky little gem of a goal. Anichebe zips a pass into the charging full-back, who takes a touch and then gently pokes the ball over Brown as the ball sits up and the keeper rushes out.
57 min: Pack sends in another long throw. Again Howard collects.
56 min: … nodded out to Neville. Square to Jagielka. Inside to Osman. Shot. Looped into keeper's hands.
55 min: Oviedo gets round the back and looks to drill in a cross. Blocked. Corner …
54 min: Everton are on the ropes all of a sudden. McGlashan fizzes in a cross, but Distin just gets there ahead of Goulding and an Everton defender is first on the scene to hammer away the loose ball.
53 min: Another trip down memory lane, courtesy of Allan Scanlon. "Don't remember that Abergavenny game, but nights like tonight were what we dreamed about all those years of failing to get past the qualifying rounds starting in August. Ton Pentre, Merthr Tydfil, Yate, Bideford, Radstock ... great memories. Hasn't gone for us tonight, but we're not doing too badly, and if Everton werre awarded that penalty, then you have to ask why McGlashan wasn't awarded one for Distin locking his arm before being penalised for an arm in Howard's face."
52 min: It looked for a minute there that Buzz Killington was going to make another appearance but that goal keeps a bit of buzz very nicely.
What a fantastic response from the League Two side. Mohamed slips the ball through to the onrushing Russell Penn and he neatly beats Howard at the near post.
Jombati is guilty of snoozing as Anichebe finds Baines on the left. The rest of the Cheltenham back four appeal for offside and Baines should've been, but Jombati is sitting too deep. The left-back picks out Osman, who waltzes past a tackle and smashes the ball past Brown.
48 min: Anichebe gets a yard or two of space 30-odd yards from goal. He shapes to shoot … you already know this didn't end up in the top corner didn't you?
47 min: Cheltenham send a long free-kick into the Everton box but the visitors, as they have done all night, clear with some ease.
46 min: I'm sorry Philip Woolf but TOMMY NUTMEG? My mind is blown.
PEEP! Off we go again, then. It's a long way back from here for Cheltenham, but they stuck to their task well after that second goal.
This is like the Ballon d'Or all over again. Only with less Blatter. And more singing. The correct answer is, of course, MEGS.
POLL RESULTS: NUTS 40% MEGS 60%
Armed with the results of this survey I will make sure I tell the bloke who shouts NUTS at my five-a-side that he is at least two-fifths wrong. And, we should also make clear, anyone who shouts MEGSY – I'm looking at you Dan Shepherd – is clearly a dangerously unstable heretic.
"Well, now living Stateside I can only catch The Robins 'live' whenever we come home, but assuming this game is now looking a bit dodgy, I fondly look back on Cheltenham Town v Abergavenny, FA Cup 2nd (I think) Qualifying Round replay from 1969," writes Ian Roberts. "It was a cool Autumn evening and the terraces stank of cigarette smoke as we grasped our plastic cups filled with steaming hot Horlicks. Great memories indeed. Oh, we won that game 3-2." What a lovely email. A few more like that please.
PEEP! PEEP! And that's the break. Quick point of order: just before the whistle Baines nutmegged his marker. When this happens and you're on the pitch do you shout MEGS or NUTS? There's no right or wrong answer* – it's just a quick straw poll.
*PLEASE NOTE: There is a right or wrong answer.
45 min: Can Cheltenham get back into this before the break? Not like that they can't – Pack launches a big booming long throw into the box … which Howard catches comfortably.
43 min: McGlashan, the home side's best outlet thus far, clatters Baines in the Cheltenham right-back position and is a little lucky to escape a booking. The free-kick comes to diddly squat.
42 min: This game is drifting gently and inoffensively towards half-time now. Like a Lighthouse Family album track.
40 min: Everton have taken their foot off the gas here. Fellaini glances a header well wide.
38 min: "Two-nil and you still don't sing!" chant a few home fans towards the away end. Would carry more weight if more than 20-odd Cheltenham fans were letting their voices be heard.
37 min: … beautifully swerved in by Jones again, but then booted out of the ground – literally* – by Distin.
*Not all that impressive really. There's only a dozen rows of terrace on that portion of the ground.
35 min: McGlashan ends up as the meat in a Baines and Fellaini sandwich. A free-kick is the result. Dangerous one this …
34 min: … Elliott gets on the end of this one but can only loop the ball up into the air. Howard is under a bit of pressure, but Jombati has an arm on the goalkeeper. Free-kick.
33 min: … Jones swings the ball in. Nodded clear by Jelavic and out for another …
32 min: Marlon Pack gets Goulding away down the right channel then receives the ball back. Fellaini gets back to deflect the shot over. Corner …
31 min: Fellaini extends like Optimus Prime on the edge of the box to slap a shot at goal, but his effort crashes into the hoardings a yard or two wide.
29 min: Optimism/pessimism here. "I can't say I am massively impressed with the penalty decision, it was soft," writes Duncan Smith. "And from an Evertonian perspective, I would much rather have had one of the many less soft ones in the league! Also the Robins have played fairly well at times, they've made some half chances, it's not totally dead I don't think."
28 min: Stuart Pearce is at Whaddon Road, wearing a grey scarf with orange trim. That is all.
26 min: Jombati surges through midfield with the ball and he finds Carter in the area. His volley loops off towards Tewkesbury.
24 min: Mark Yates is clearly not happy at that penalty decision. I can't quite make my mind up about it. Fellaini stood there and allowed Bennett to topple over him. Or did Bennett push forward on to the Everton man? Ach, these things even themselves out, etc and so forth, but it's a galling way for Cheltenham to go two down.
22 min: Buzz Killington has definitely arrived.
Brown goes the right way but Baines arrows his shot past the keeper. This is all over isn't it?
20 min: PENALTY! Bennett climbs over a standing Fellaini in an attempt to win a header and the referee points to the spot. One of those ones you occasionally seen given near halfway, but very rarely in the box.
19 min: Superb save! Baines gets to line up a free-kick, 30-odd yards from goal and sends a vicious dipping effort towards Scott Brown's top corner. The Cheltenham keeper reacts wonderfully to claw the ball away.
18 min: Carter again gets space on the edge of the box, but this time his shot is comfortably saved by Howard.
17 min: … a zipping, flat delivery is well dealt with by the Everton and backline and Carter fails to make contact on the edge of the box.
16 min: McGlashan does brilliantly to keep Jones's deep cross in and wins a free-kick off Baines. Free-kick, five yards from the corner flag …
15 min: This really should be 2-0. Fellaini nods down a high ball from the back, Jelavic is again first onto it, but this time he drags a volley wide of goal.
14 min: Russell Penn has hurt himself challenging Fellaini here. The magic sponge seems to have done it's work, though.
13 min: That might prove to be a bigger buzz kill than Buzz Killington.
Oviedo exchanges neat passes with Fellaini on the left and the Belgian swings in a superb effort at goal that beats Brown but clatters back off the post. Jelavic is quickest to react to the rebound and prods the ball home.
11 min: Jelavic nods down, Oviedo shoots from the edge of the box, but it's weaker than orange squash made with a thimble of cordial and a litre of water.
10 min: Oviedo picks the pocket of Bennett but can't make the best of a promising position.
8 min: Seamus Coleman goes long from the right-back position, but Cheltenham nod clear. The home side have settled a touch now.
6 min: Cheltenham work the ball down the left with Mohamed to the fore. My memories of him from Wembley last season was that he was a livewire, a real threat, but that is final ball tended to be poor. He finds Carter with a yard of space but the former Birmingham man prods wide.
5 min: Oviedo lays the ball of to Fellaini but the big Belgium drags his shot a couple of yards wide.
4 min: Another long punt bounces through to Howard. Looks like Town want to get it forward quickly tonight, which is perfectly understandable.
3 min: McGlashan charges down Distin's clearance … with his elbow. He looks peeved, but he's bang to rights.
2 min: A long punt from Brown bounces all the way through to Howard.
1 min: Poor old Cheltenham. Every time they get any media attention it's all "novices, throughbreads, stayers" and so on and so forth. ESPN not choosing any off-piste route tonight.
PEEP! Off we go then. Everton in blue, Cheltenham in their deep red and white stripes.
Click-clack, click-clack … the teams emerge from the cramped tunnel at Whaddon Road.
Our man at Whaddon Road is chief football writer Daniel Taylor, who'll be watching a game of one half …
For any Cheltenham fans reading I feel I must apologise. The curse of the Guardian Football League blog struck after this piece on the Robins and they ended up missing out in the League Two play-off final to a Nick Powell-inspired Crewe. That piece does have a lovely stat in it though: bBetween 1992-93 and 1998-99 Cheltenham finished (deep breath) 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd and 1st in various leagues. Imagine being a kid and going to your first game at Whaddon Road in 1992! What has come since will have been something of a let down I suppose.
Cheltenham: Brown, Jombati, Bennett, Elliott, Jones, McGlashan, Pack, Carter, Mohamed, Penn, Goulding. Subs: Roberts, Lowe, Hooman, Deering, Duffy, Harrad, Taylor.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville, Osman, Anichebe, Fellaini, Oviedo, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
No doubt David Moyes is taking this seriously (is it me or has there been an increase in managers-taking-the-Cup-seriously this year?) Of the team that started against Newcastle John Heitinga, Steven Piennar and Steven Naismith are out, with Seamus Coleman, Bryan Oviedo and Victor Anichebe coming in.
Evening all. Are you well? Good, good. Me? Can't complain I suppose. But the big question is can Cheltenham spring another FA Cup shock? The weekend wasn't great for them. This was the story of their Sunday:
On the eve of the biggest match in their history, Cheltenham Town's training ground has been burgled.
Thieves struck on Sunday morning at the club's training ground in the Swindon Village area of Cheltenham, stealing wallets, watches and mobile phones worth thousands of pounds. On Monday night, the League Two club take on Everton in the FA Cup third-round.
The Cheltenham striker Darryl Duffy took to Twitter to vent his frustration at the theft of his mobile phone and said he would buy it back given the chance. He wrote: "It was stolen from me, it's white and has all my pics/videos of my kids in it so it means a lot to me. Cannot stand thieves."
Between 10.45am and midday on Sunday, thieves entered the training rooms at the site. Keys to two vehicles parked outside were also taken and the cars entered. Wallets were taken from inside.
The thefts were reported to Gloucestershire Police at 12.30pm and at around 4pm officers arrested two 17-year-old boys on suspicion of theft. They have been bailed to return to Cheltenham police station on 13 February.