Everton 1 - 1 SunderlandKO: Sat Mar 17 12:45:00 GMT 2012 Ground: Goodison Park
Referee: A Marriner
Martin O'Neill: Bendtner's Fit And In Great Form For Sunderland's Game Against Everton
Toffees smarting from derby defeat; Black Cats out to end Goodison run
Everton will be looking to extend Sunderland's Goodison Park hoodoo this weekend by booking a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.
The Saturday lunch-time kick-off is the first of four intriguing quarter-final clashes, three of which are all Premier League affairs.
Everton and Sunderland are separated by only goal difference in the top half yet the Black Cats have a wretched record at Goodison Park.
The Wearsiders have won there just twice in 30 years, with their last away success against Everton coming in November 1996.
In fact, Sunderland have failed to beat the Toffees in their last 15 meetings, meaning their last win against them was in December 2001, Claudio Reyna scoring the only goal at the Stadium of Light.
Everton suffered a 3-0 derby defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday night but David Moyes' men went into the game on the back of a nine-match unbeaten run, which included FA Cup wins over Fulham and Blackpool in the previous two rounds.
The Toffees are unbeaten in their last seven home games and Moyes is hoping to mark his 10th anniversary at Goodison by claiming a first trophy as Everton boss.
He went close in 2009, losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup final, while this is the furthest Sunderland have gone in the competition since losing to Millwall in the 2004 semi-finals.
Everton have won 2-0 on each of Sunderland's last two trips to Goodison and their last meeting was a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day.
Sunderland's resurgence under Martin O'Neill has continued as they have lost just four of his 18 games in charge and claimed a 1-0 home win against Liverpool last weekend.
Moyes is expected to rotate his squad after making six changes in midweek. Johnny Heitinga, Phil Neville, Royston Drenthe, Leon Osman, Tim Cahill and Nikica Jelavic all started last week's 1-0 home win against Tottenham but were dropped to the bench at Anfield.
Steven Pienaar will definitely make way as the on-loan winger is cup-tied while midfielder Darron Gibson (knee) is unlikely to return.
Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner (knee) is expected to be fit despite leaving the field on a stretcher after scoring the only goal against Liverpool last week.
However, Kieran Richardson (calf) is losing his battle to recover in time while Wes Brown (knee) and Titus Bramble (Achilles/calf) will definitely remain out. They have been joined on the sidelines by banned pair Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon.
FA Cup: Quarter Final: Everton 1-1 Sunderland
Everton and Sunderland played out a thrilling 1-1 draw in their FA Cup quarter-final clash at Goodison Park.
Sunderland went ahead in the 12th minute after Phil Bardsley fired in a rocket of a shot from distance, but Tim Cahill headed the hosts level 10 minutes later.
The Black Cats tired in the second half as Everton dominated and will be the happier side to get another chance at the Stadium of Light.
Martin O'Neill's side have now not beaten the Merseysiders in 16 games stretching back to 2001.
The cup competition provides a fine opportunity for both clubs this season and that made for a frenetic end-to-end start, although the game slowed and became scrappy in the second period.
Sunderland had an early chance when James McClean glanced a header wide from a Seb Larsson free-kick while Everton were also into their stride quickly as Leon Osman headed over from Seamus Coleman cross.
Everton boss David Moyes was criticised for making six changes for the midweek derby loss at Liverpool but his intentions were clear as he reverted to side which beat Tottenham last week.
His players were keen to attack and Royston Drenthe appealed for a penalty after going down under a challenge from Craig Gardner in the eighth minute.
Replays suggested the Dutchman may have had a case but referee Andre Marriner was not interested.
Sunderland grabbed the lead in the 12th minute with a ferocious low strike from Bardsley from 30 yards.
Everton may have been expecting a cross as Jack Colback prepared to take a free-kick on the right but he played short to Bardsley and the defender fired through a crowded penalty area.
Everton got their threatened equaliser as Baines delivered a typically dangerous cross from the left.
Jelavic's misdirected his header but Cahill followed up with one of his own to beat Mignolet in trademark fashion, although it was only his second goal of the season.
Jelavic threatened another as he raced onto a long ball from deep but could only screw a shot wide under pressure from Wayne Bridge.
Sylvain Distin had a better chance after Cahill tested Mignolet with another header which the keeper could only punch off the line.
The ball fell invitingly for Distin but Sunderland escaped as the defender blasted wide from close range.
Drenthe was unlucky just before the break as he curled a free-kick against the bar from 30 yards after Coleman was fouled by Bridge.
Osman tried another shot from just outside the area but Mignolet gathered easily.
Everton continued to take the attack to the visitors in the second half with Cahill bursting forward and trying his luck from long range.
Mignolet got down but spilled the ball and it needed Bridge to clear the danger.
Sunderland's Nicklas Bendtner found the net after being played through by McClean but the flag had long been raised for offside.
Cahill had another chance as Fellaini headed down an Osman corner but his shot on the turn lacked the power to beat Mignolet.
Jelavic won a header as Baines whipped in a free-kick but his effort flew over and the Croatian had a penalty shout turned down after heading another against John O'Shea's arm.
Jelavic suffered more frustration as he headed straight at Mignolet and then had a shot blocked.
Sunderland, perhaps thinking in terms of a replay, attempted to take the edge out of the game as time ran down but Everton finished strongly.
Mignolet produced a fine double save to prevent the Toffees snatching a winner four minutes from time.
Osman threatened to shoot but instead clipped a cross to Heitinga, whose header had Mignolet at full stretch.
Jelavic pounced on the rebound but Mignolet recovered to block as Sunderland held on.
|1||1st Half Goals||1|
|8||Shots on Target||2|
|10||Shots off Target||3|
|54.3%||1st Half Poss.||45.7%|
|63.4%||2nd Half Poss.||36.6%|