Carabao Cup: Bournemouth 4-1 Everton – Cherries cruise into fourth round

Bournemouth's first goal against Everton
Asmir Begović was beaten by a great curl for Bournemouth

Bournemouth defeated Everton in a clash of much-changed Premier League sides in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Blues manager Frank Lampard made 11 changes as his side lost to a team with nine changes from the weekend.

The Cherries took the lead through Jamal Lowe’s deflected shot and Junior Stanislas finished after a defensive error.

Substitute Demarai Gray pulled one back for Everton, before Emiliano Marcondes and Jaidon Anthony secured Bournemouth’s place in the last 16.

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Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil and Everton counterpart Lampard have made big changes, with the final round of Premier League games ahead of the 2022 World Cup coming up this weekend.

Only goalkeeper Mark Travers and centre-back Chris Mepham kept their place for the hosts after their incredible 4-3 defeat by Leeds United on Saturday.

Lampard went even further, completely replacing his starting XI from Saturday’s defeat to Leicester, including giving Everton’s first start to summer signing James Garner.

The new-look Cherries were quicker to adapt and took the lead after seven minutes when Lowe’s effort hit Nathan Patterson and into the net with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic stranded.

Everton had the better of the first-half chances after that – in the first 16 minutes Tom Davies hit a one-on-one, Travers made a good save from Garner and Anthony Gordon mistimed a header over the bar from six yards.

Gordon should have been sent off for a two-footed lunge on Jordan Zemur just before half-time but instead got away with his seventh yellow card in 14 games this season and should be grateful for the lack of VAR in the EFL Cup.

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Everton supporters voiced their displeasure with Lampard throughout the game over his decision to make so many changes, upset at the prospect of missing out on their first major trophy since 1995.

O’Neil is back to winning ways

Having gone unbeaten in his first six games as interim Bournemouth boss following the sacking of Scott Parker, O’Neil has overseen defeats in each of his last four matches.

However, a run in the cup won’t hurt his prospects of a permanent job – although Everton took their chance, it could be a very different story.

Instead, Everton gifted Bournemouth captain Stanislas a goal in the 47th minute. Mason Holgate slipped as Begovic passed to him, allowing Ryan Christie to steal it away.

He ran to Lowe whose shot was blocked by Begovic, but he deflected to Stanislas to tuck it in, with defender Michael Keane slow to respond.

Stanislas praised O’Neill after the game, telling BBC Radio Solent: “He’s been brilliant for all of us. We’ve worked with him for a couple of seasons.

“He did the best he could and we got some really good results. He always pushed and pushed us.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen over the winter break, but hopefully we’ll be able to boast on Saturday.”

Lampard pounced on Alex Iwobi, Dwight McNeil and Gray in a bid to save the match, the latter making an impact in the 67th minute by curling the ball past Travers to make it 2-1.

Bournemouth had taken a two-goal lead in their previous two Premier League games, but on this occasion took advantage of the opportunity to secure a comfortable victory.

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Marcondes slotted home from close range before Anthony finished low after Patterson had given the ball away, to further boost O’Neil’s chances of landing the Vitality Stadium manager’s job on a full-time basis.

They set up


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Travers
  • 17Stacey
  • 3StephensBooked for 85 min
  • 6Mepham
  • 33ZemuraReplaced byFredericksat 65′minutes
  • 14RothwellReplaced byDembéléat 75′minutes
  • 22PearsonBooked for 84 min
  • 32AnthonyBooked for 73min
  • 19StanislasReplaced byMarcondesat 66′minutes
  • 10ChristieReplaced byPlantat 88′minutes
  • 18LoweReplaced byhillat 88′minutes


  • 2Fredericks
  • 4L Cook
  • 11Marcondes
  • 16Tavernier
  • 20Dembélé
  • 23hill
  • 43Greenwood
  • 45Plain
  • 49Plant


Formation 3-5-2

  • 15Begovic
  • 5Keane
  • 13MinaBooked for 84 min
  • 4HolgateReplaced byMcNeilat 51′minutes
  • 3Patterson
  • 37GarnerReplaced byIwobiat 52′minutes
  • 16DoucouréReplaced byMillsat 81′minutes
  • 26Davies
  • 29Vinegar
  • 20MaupayReplaced byCannonat 81′minutes
  • 10GordonBooked for 44 minReplaced bygreyat 52′minutes


  • 7McNeil
  • 11grey
  • 17Iwobi
  • 31Lonergan
  • 47Cannon
  • 56Mills
  • 59Samuels-Smith
  • 60Price
  • 64Welch

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