AFC Bournemouth 0 (0) – (0) 2 Everton
Daniels missed pen 37′ Barkley 56′
Everton have progressed into the sixth round of the Emirates FA Cup thanks to a 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
Ross Barkley’s deflected strike and Romelu Lukaku’s side-footed finish ensured passage to the quarter finals of the competition.
Manager Roberto Martinez named an unchanged side for the fourth match in a row despite last week’s 1-0 reverse to West Bromwich Albion, whilst new signing Oumar Niasse was handed a place on the substitutes’ bench.
And it was the away side who started the brightest – Lukaku feeding Barkley just four minutes into the contest but the midfielder’s effort was deflected into the gloves of Cherries keeper Adam Federici.
Roma loanee Juan Iturbe then drove at Everton’s rearguard 10 minutes later, but the winger dragged his shot wide of Robles’ upright.
Barkley and Junior Stanislas traded strikes soon after, before Lukaku saw a flicked effort saved by Federici following a lung busting run down the left wing.
But then came McCarthy’s moment of madness – the midfielder inexplicably flailing his right arm out at the back stick and giving referee Martin Atkinson no choice but to point to the spot.
Daniels stepped up and fired his spot kick towards the bottom left hand corner, but Robles was equal to his effort and palmed the ball from danger.
The Blues keeper was mobbed by his team mates, with the guilty McCarthy showing his appreciation for the save in the form of a kiss on the cheek.
The second half continued in much of the same vein as the first, with Everton dominating proceedings.
It seemed that a stroke of luck was going to be required to break the proverbial deadlock – and moments after McCarthy’s drive Everton got lucky.
Cleverley teed up Barkley on the edge of the area and, after the 22 year old had set himself, he fired goal wards.
Fortunately for the England international, his shot deflected off former Blue Dan Gosling before looping over the helpless Federici and into the net – a fortuitous goal, at last, that had gone the Toffees’ way.
The Cherries, meanwhile, saw a free kick from Stanislas land the wrong side of the post, before Gosling sent a header straight down the throat of Robles from 6 yards out.
And it was a chance that would prove costly for the home side as the Blues doubled their advantage just four minutes later.
Aaron Lennon jinked across the edge of the box before teeing up Barkley, whose first time shot was deflected behind for a corner.
Job done, Niasse was handed his Everton bow by Martinez with a 10 minute cameo, while Kevin Mirallas was afforded a similar run out.
Bournemouth almost made it a nervy finish three minutes from time, but Josh King contrived to nod Stanislas’ cross over the bar.
A last eight place secured, Everton must now wait until March 1st for their next match of the campaign – an away trip to Aston Villa.