Matt Smith came off the bench to head a late equaliser in added time, earning Oldham a replay at Goodison Park
Very, very well played. There was a longish spell, for 25 minutes or so after half-time, when Everton looks as much better than Oldham as you'd expect them to be, but unlike Luton in the earlier match the home side's substitutions swung matters back towards equality, and in the last 10 minutes they piled on the pressure. It looked like Simpson's late miss would be the end of it, but they were to get one more chance – and that one fell to the right man (the only man tall enough to reach it, to be fair).
A fine cup tie, and if a 94th-minute equaliser with the game's final action can't be anything but a bit fortunate, they deserved what they got. Everton are the only top-flight team definitely in the quarter-final draw, and their place is not yet secure. This is a good thing.
Anyway, must rush. Been lovely. Bye!
It's all over, and Oldham have their replay.
90+5 min: Bouzanis jumped right in front of Smith, with his arms in the air, as if trying to punch the ball in. Just as well he missed.
Great delivery, a massive bundle of players and a bulging net, from which Matt Smith emerges, celebrating.
90+4 min: Howard punches it back into touch. Another corner.
90+4 min: They're still pushing. They've got a corner, and Dean Bouzanis, the keeper, is running into the area.
90+3 min: Oldham are peppering Everton's penalty area with not-particularly-threatening high balls.
90+3 min: Everton replace Nikica Jelavic, a striker, with giant defender Shane Duffy.
90+1 min: Smith diverts a cross towards Barnard, but with too much pace and his team-mate can't control.
90+1 min: There will be four minutes of stoppage time. Long enough. There is no lack of belief inside Boundary Park.
89 min: Oldham miss a wonderful chance! Tarkowski's beautiful pass finds Simpson running clear of Neville and into the penalty area, but his shot isn't a great one, and Howard saves and Simpson slashes the rebound wide.
88 min: Barnard's shot from 20-odd yards deflects off the self-flinging Jagielka and, with the goalkeeper wrong-footed, a yard wide of goal.
83 min: Gibson's fine pass releases Jelavic, who should have killed the game but instead blazes over from just inside the penalty area.
82 min: The Oldham fans have not stopped making noise, even when their team went through a humdrum spell after half-time. This is still anyone's cup tie, 10 minutes from the end.
80 min: Oldham's best chance of the half, as Simpson passes to Smith, who digs the ball out from beneath his feet but his shot is saved.
77 min: Obita goes off, Robbie Simpson replacing him..
79 min: Baxter crosses, but there's little pace on it, and Smith manages only to divert it wide of the far post. Everton bring Bryan Oviedo on for Steven Pienaar.
76 min: Mirallas takes a corner from the other (right) wing, and his outswinger isn't a patch on his inswinger. Still finds an Everton head, but they're on the edge of the 18-yard box rather than the six-yard box. "Everton are oft characterised as a long ball ugly team, and usually it's far from true," writes Duncan Smith. "Today, it is. Hoof from the back to the big man! Not that Jelavic is winning much in the air, so we're punting to Fellaini, who's so much better than that role."
74 min: Obita is receiving treatment for cramp.
72 min: The spell ends, for now, with Tarkowski's cross curling straight out of play.
70 min: Oldham are having a bit of a spell. No chance to show for it, but some encouragement, which is a good start.
67 min: Oldham end a mildly promising last 120 seconds or so with a 20-yard half-volley from Baxter that flies over the bar.
66 min: Oldham make another change, as Dean Furman comes on for James Wesolowski.
64 min: Howard collects Oldham's latest overhit optimistic through-ball, and then runs into Obita and collapses like Freddy Krueger's bouncy castle. "I can back up Tom Adams," says Alex Hanton. "Trying to work out what's happening in a hockey game is like being one of those Roman soothsayers trying to see the future in the flight of birds. Actually determining who won probably requires complex machinery."
64 min: Barnard fouls Distin, as another hopeful ball forward ends in nothing very much for Oldham.
63 min: "Not sure if she's the scariest, Simon, but Roma's wolf is definitely one of the weirdest, what with the *ahem* dangling teats," writes Phil Sawyer, as Mirallas's attempted backheel sideflick shot hits a defender's legs and is cleared to safety. "She also looks like she's had a particularly bad day and is just about ready to snap at the next person who looks at her funny. Mind you, if I'd had Romulus and Remus constantly tugging at my vulnerables all day I'd probably be in a bad mood as well."
61 min: Matt Smith, scorer of two goals against Liverpool, replaces Iwelumo, who won every header for half an hour and hasn't been seen since.
60 min: Everton win another corner, and it's another cracker from Mirallas. This time it curls across the penalty area but just in front of Osman, four yards from goal.
57 min: Everton continue to improve. Oldham are feeding on the scrappiest of scraps at the moment.
54 min: Phil Neville fouls Obita, and is booked. The free-kick is hit too long, into the arms of Tim Howard. "Not necessarily an angry animal, but a good shout for bemused (worried?) animal is the Halifax Mooseheads, Atlantic Canada's premier Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team," writes Tom Adams. "Me and my partner (a local) saw a game, and apparently they played well (I think they won?) but I couldn't follow it." Not being able to follow it is one things, not knowing for sure who won is another.
52 min: Everton, who are looking strong at the moment, attack again, Fellaini touching the ball to Pienaar, who twists in the penalty area and shoots accurately but too softly towards the far post. "The image of almost teary eyed Paul Dickov on ITV when Oldham where ahead is a fantastic snapshot of someone who'd rather just leave the studio and head straight to the dugout," writes Marko Teodorcevic. "That person being Paul Dickov, I doubt that anyone could have stopped him."
Jelavic wins a corner, and Mirallas takes it. It's a cracker, curled at pace to the edge of the six-yard box, and Jagielka doesn't even have to jump as he guides it into the net (just as well, as he had Lee Barnard's arms all over him and wouldn't have been able to).
46 min: We're off! Again!
Everton are bringing Kevin Mirallas on for Anichebe, who was limping a bit at the end of the first half.
Incidentally, I am surprised and frankly a little disappointed not to have had more scary sports-badge animal suggestions. How about this?
The whistle is blown, and a largely scrappy, unlovely but still quite entertaining half ends with the game very pleasingly poised.
45+1 min: We're into the first of two added minutes at the end of half one.
44 min: Another chance for Everton, this time Pienaar passing to Anichebe, bursting down the inside left channel, but his first-time shot flies wide of the near post.
43 min: Chance for Everton! Tim Howard's long clearance is missed by Anichebe, who has distracted everyone to such an extent that Jelavic can run on to the twice-bounced ball entirely unmarked. His first touch is dreadful, and Bouzanis collects.
42 min: Fellaini and Iwelumo are now battling each other for goal-kicks and the like. The Belgian becomes the first person to beat Iwelumo to a header.
40 min: Everton win a corner, won in the air by Fellaini, but Tarkowski intercepts the effort and clears. Neville sends the ball back into the mixer, and Fellaini wins it again, this time looping his header just high.
38 min: Tarkowski slides in to make a challenge, just winning the ball when the alternative was a booking, and about five seconds later concedes a free-kick by arriving a little late to challenge Pienaar for a bouncing ball. Everton wait a while and then take the free-kick from the wrong place.
35 min: The game is going through a bit of a lull. On the plus side, we just had a throw-in on the near side, which is a nice change.
32 min: Pienaar plays the ball through to Jelavic, who is given offside. That was extremely close, and the marking was nonexistent.
31 min: Jose Baxter's shot hits the wall.
30 min: For once Iwelumo doesn't win a header, but Distin gets penalised for stopping him. Good shooting chance, 24 yards out (or thereabouts).
28 min: Massive cheers from the home fan as they win a 50/50 decision, Anichebe ruled to have fouled M'Voto. The ball is slammed down to the other end, and Iwelumo wins the header again. "I know it's, well, Oldham but that was a great pass by Croft for the goal, not a shot," insists Graham Parley. Either a terrible shot or a wonderful pass, the truth is uncertain.
25 min: Iwelumo flicks on to Barnard, and the ball breaks to Obita. His first-time shot clips an Everton boot and spins against the far post. The rebound falls to another Oldham player, who shoots wide.
Instead it's the less-heralded aerial might of Nikica Jelavic that proves decisive. Jagielka hoists the ball forward, Jelavic knocks down and Anichebe – aided by M'Voto's puzzling decision to jump out the way – turns and thunders the ball in.
24 min: Croft crosses from the right, Iwelumo wins the header. Nothing much happens as a result, but the on-loan striker could be a useful weapon for the Latics tonight.
22 min: Pienaar and Brown compete for a high ball. Pienaar doesn't win the ball, but does get an elbow in the head. "Doesnt matter what your formation is, if you defend like Everton did for that goal you'll lose," rages Seamus Devlin. "Osman and Gibson at fault there."
20 min: Pienaar's cross is headed clear by Connor Brown, to massive cheers from the crowd. There could be another 70 minutes of this.
18 min: The stage is set: nine Oldham players within 20 yards of goal, Everton trying to work a way through. Baines wins a free-kick on the left touchline.
15 min: Obita's reward is to get clattered by Osman within seconds of the restart. Osman, incidentally, was partly at fault for the goal, having tried to intercept the ball before it reached Lee Croft and succeeded only in making himself irrelevant.
A brilliant break from Oldham! Everton have a corner, which is cleared to Croft on the right, and he carries the ball to the edge of the area and then shoots, really badly, across goal. So badly that Obita runs onto it to tap into an empty net.
12 min: Baines shoots, and the ball hits the head of Baxter, jumping high in the wall, and goes over. The Everton player puts his head in his hands, so clearly thinks it was a decent effort.
11 min: Leon Osman overhits a pass, which trundles straight out of play. But his look of pained disappointment is wiped away when the referee – who had been playing an advantage without anyone realising – gives a free kick.
11 min: A decent Oldham move ends with Obita's overhit cross floating out of play.
9 min: At the other end, Grounds hoists the ball into the penalty area, a nice-looking pass that flies just too far in front of Barnard.
8 min: Pienaar passes to Jelavic, in a good position on the edge of the penalty area, but this is a bobbly pitch and the Everton striker can't work out where the ball is or what it's doing there, and the chance is lost.
7 min: Everton don't shoot – it would have been optimistic, to be fair – and instead Gibson passes to Neville, whose cross from the right is really floaty and soft, and caught by Bouzanis.
7 min: Osman is bundled over by Jonathan Grounds, and Everton could shoot here. Toffee tactical update: "One of Everton's more exciting developments recently is a very fluid set-up," writes Gary Naylor. "Unlike the formation when Cahill played (orthodox 4-5-1), these days Jelavic goes up top and Fellaini floats and Anichebe drifts. It can look a bit chaotic at times, but when it works, the threats come from all over the pitch."
6 min: Oldham take another throw-in from the far touchline. Now Everton have one. How is this happening?
4 min: The last few minutes has seen a series of throw-ins along the entire length of the far touchline, which ends when Oldham play a 70-yard pass too far ahead of Lee Barnard, and Tim Howard gathers.
1 min: Jean-Yves M'Voto's poor touch is pounced upon by Jelavic, but his first touch is also too strong, and Dean Bouzanis collects.
1 min: Phil Dowd blows lustily into his whistle, and Everton, in an all-white change strip, get the game under way.
Ryan Dunne thinks AEK Athens' crest is a match for Oldham's. "Not merely a double-headed eagle, but a double-headed eagle wielding a sword!" he says. I think it's a Rorschach blot that's been accidentally copy-and-pasted in the wrong place.
The players are in the tunnel. This is going to happen, soon. And when I say "this", yes I do mean yet another ad break.
The managers have both been chatting to an ITV microphone-wielder, and here are some highlights of what was said. First, David Moyes:
I thought we'd play to our level the last time we played Oldham in the Cup and we got knocked out. If we don't do it right we do get knocked out. We're going to have to play very well. We've got to match what they do, and at the right time hopefully the extra quality and ability we have will come through.
Tony Philliskirk, Oldham's caretaker, added:
We need a lot of luck. We need to play to our max, Everton have to be a little bit below par. David's playing his strongest, strongest team. We're under no illusions, it's going to be a very tough ask. I've told the players to go out, with no fear, express themselves, and you never know what might happen.
I know not everyone loves Oldham's club crest, but that is one admirably mean-looking owl. I wouldn't mess with that owl. I would flee in fear from that owl. Is there a scarier club-crest beastie in football? Yukong Kokkiri it ain't, and that's to its credit.
Injured Evertonian Tony Hibbert is in the stands today, though if he thought a hood would be a good enough disguise for him to go unnoticed he's been watching the wrong superhero movies.
"Is that Everton lining up 4-4-2?" asks Duncan Smith. "I can understand playing Jelavic, as scoring a few might restore his confidence, but surely a lower league side (correct me if I am out of touch), is more used to a 4-4-2 in opposition, rather than a more mobile 4-5-1 that Everton usually play. Equally, Everton are very unfamiliar with a 4-4-2, it's barely been used under Moyes." Interesting question. Time will tell, I guess.
For the record, PA have now confirmed those teams.
Oldham: Bouzanis, Brown, Mvoto, Tarkowski, Grounds, Croft, Wesolowski, Baxter, Obita, Iwelumo, Barnard. Subs: Cisak, Furman, Simpson, Smith, Byrne, Millar, Winchester.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Fellaini, Pienaar, Anichebe, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Mirallas, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Duffy.
Referee: Phil Dowd.
"As an Evertonian it pains me to type these words, but what price now Moyes to Arsenal in the summer?" asks Seamus Devlin. "I need a lie down." Lord knows Moyes deserves a break, but I'm still not sure that any of this season's Champions League qualifiers would appoint him.
Still waiting for PA to press the send button, but these come from a trusted source*.
Oldham: Bouzanis, Brown, Grounds, Wesolowski, M’Voto, Tarkowski, Croft, Iwelumo, Obita, Barnard, Baxter. Subs: Cisak, Furman, Simpson, Matt Smith, Byrne, Millar, Winchester.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Osman, Pienaar, Gibson, Fellaini, Anichebe, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha. Heitinga, Oviedo, Mirallas, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Duffy.
* Yes, it was Twitter.
The Press Association are yet to file their teams, but they have given us some decent clues as to their make-up with this update:
Caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk named an unchanged XI as Oldham went in search of their second Merseyside scalp in this season's FA Cup. Philliskirk led the Latics to their first victory in 10 npower League One matches against MK Dons last weekend, a run that cost Paul Dickov his job seven days after masterminding Liverpool's downfall in round four. Nikica Jelavic was handed the opportunity to end a six-match barren run in front of goal, with the Croatia striker named ahead Kevin Mirallas in Everton's attack. Sylvain Distin returned to partner Phil Jagielka at centre-back, having missed the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United through illness, as John Heitinga joined Mirallas among the substitutes.
Luton and Oldham, two teams linked by domestic television coverage today and plastic pitches in the past, both started the weekend hoping to cause an upset. The Hatters have already failed in that task, falling 3-0 at home to Millwall in the day's early kick-off. So it falls to Oldham to give Cup romantics something else to get excited about, and surprisingly they have history on their side: Everton haven't won any of the teams' last five FA Cup matches. Though how much should be read into the least recent of those games, a 1-0 away win in 1913, must be open to an infinite amount of doubt. It is no less relevant that Everton won the first ever Cup tie with a 6-1 replay shellacking, in 1908. According to Soccerbase, of all the meetings between these sides in all competitions and over all of history there have been 12 draws, 13 Everton wins and 14 Oldham wins.
None of that means anything. Oldham, in poor form and stuck in the League One relegation zone, are extremely unlikely to beat one of the top-flight's Merseyside giants. Of course, that didn't stop them last time.
The big pre-match talking point, though, seems to be this sign, pasted to the door of Oldham's dressing room, banning their players from post-match shirt-swappage due to "a severe shortage of first team home shirts".
In the meantime read what the former Everton and Oldham manager Joe Royle makes of the tie.
It is a mantle Joe Royle holds dear but is anxious to lose. For almost 18 years he has been the last Everton manager to win a trophy and that is not a cause for celebration for someone who spent his formative years on the terraces at Goodison Park. If he is usurped this season it will come at the expense of the club he revitalised over 12 years and 608 games as manager, Oldham Athletic. He is content to be torn.
"It's no-win and no-lose for me," says Royle, who will be at Boundary Park for Saturday evening's fifth-round tie. "I'll have a smile for one of the clubs although I've never denied that Everton is where my heart is and always has been since I used to stand on the paddock watching Alex Young and Alan Ball make their debuts. I remember exactly where I was stood for both their debuts."
Royle took Young's first-team place as a 16-year-old against Blackpool in 1966 and it is part of Everton lore that Harry Catterick was accosted afterwards by an irate fan for dropping "The Golden Vision". There are weightier issues confronting Catterick's and Royle's successor as Everton manager, David Moyes, as he approaches the end of his contract this summer having restored pride, ambition but not silverware in his 11 years at Goodison. That is why Moyes will not repeat Brendan Rodgers' mistake with Liverpool in the fourth round and field a weakened team against the League One side.