Junior Stanislas disappoints as Bournemouth exit FA Cup to Everton
Bournemouth missed out on a first FA Cup quarterfinal since 1957 after a weakened team were deservedly beaten 2-0 by Everton.
Eddie Howe fielded more of his Premier League side than he usually does in cup matches, but the absence of six key players from the last game against Stoke proved telling.
BBC commentator Gary Lineker had his back to the action throughout in the commentary box, but the game was deserving of more attention.
The Merseysiders started strongly and had six shots on target against just two for the Cherries.
Once Charlie Daniels had a penalty expertly saved by Joel Robles, any chance of a place in the last eight for the South Coast side looked unlikely.
Ross Barkley gave the visitors the lead on 55 minutes as his looping shot was deflected off Dan Gosling's boot before Romelu Lukaku took advantage of poor marking to strike from close range and settle the tie.
FA Cup progress would have been an unwarranted distraction from Howe's main core target of league survival, but this was a third defeat in a row for Howe's side, who have managed one goal in 270 minutes of football. That run needs to change, and quickly.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
GK Adam Federici, 6 -- Deceived by a wicked deflection off Dan Gosling's foot for the opening goal and let down by typically poor marking at a set piece for the second.
DF Simon Francis, 6 -- Made way for Tommy Elphick in the centre of defence and returned to his usual position off right back, where he took a bit of time to acclimatise. Plays better behind Matt Ritchie, who started on the bench.
DF Tommy Elphick, 6 -- Left behind by an early Romelu Lukaku run, the club captain struggled with the Belgian and needs more game time as he comes back from injury.
DF Sylvain Distin, 6 -- Surprisingly voted sponsors man of the match. Calm at the heart of the defence, but the 2008 FA Cup winner with Portsmouth lost Lukaku for the second goal, which finished his side off.
DF Charlie Daniels, 7 -- Continued to make his usual threatening runs, but after netting penalties in December (against West Bromwich Albion) and in January (against Norwich) Daniels was unable to extend that record here.
MF Juan Iturbe, 6 -- The Argentine looked more like an extra right-back at the start as he was playing too deep and wide, but he improved rapidly over the first half. Faded in the second half and substituted.
MF Dan Gosling, 6 -- Unlucky part in the opening goal, but lost possession on key points. Also had good chance to equalise only to head tamely at Joel Robles.
MF Eunan O'Kane, 6 -- Playing at the centre of a five-man midfield, O'Kane did not do enough to warrant a start in the league team. After giving the ball away on the hour, O'Kane was fortunate that Everton's subsequent goal was ruled offside.
MF Shaun MacDonald, 5 -- Put pressure on James McCarthy to win the penalty, but should have done better with a header on 59 minutes. Generally unable to impose himself on the more experienced Everton midfield.
MF Junior Stanislas, 5 - Retained from the side that lost the last game 3-1 at home to Stoke but fortunate to see out the match. On this performance, seems unlikely to start the next game.
FW Josh King, 7 -- Tireless in his chasing as a lone striker and constantly troubling Bryan Oviedo and Seamus Coleman. Drifted wide to put a number of good balls into the box, in particular a cross on 88 minutes that deserved more. Yellow card for a tackle on Phil Jagielka was extremely harsh.
MF Matt Ritchie, 7 -- Brought on for MacDonald, Ritchie put in a typically livewire performance and should have started. Good shot that went over the bar.
FW Glenn Murray, N/A -- The former Crystal Palace player's impact from the bench has generally been muted at best, but he was better this time. Good run and shot immediately after replacing Iturbe on 71 minutes.
MF Adam Smith, N/A -- the attacking full back was thrown on in midfield in place of Gosling on 77 minutes but was unable to make an impression.
Steve Menary is a freelance journalist who covers football for the likes of the BBC and World Soccer.