Everton boss Marco Silva says that he is pleased that his side did enough to beat Lincoln City at Goodison Park, but reading between the lines hints that he wasn’t overly impressed.
The Blues took an early two-goal lead through Ademola Lookman and Bernard before the visitors grabbed one back from a questionable free kick, but Everton went on to make very hard work of breaking down the League Two side.
The visitors were well drilled and their impressive 5,400 travelling supporters gave them their full support for the 90 minutes, but Everton – as Silva says – did enough to get through to the next round draw, which takes place on Monday.
Speaking to reporters after the match, Silva said, “We achieved the main thing and I am pleased we will play in the next round. The FA Cup is always a fantastic challenge for these type of teams who can play against the Premier League teams.
“We knew our objective was to go through and it is an important competition for this club and the supporters.
“When we went 2-0 up, we could have gone scored three or four, but it was big party for them and they had nothing to lose. They scored from the set-piece which gave them hope.”
He will be hoping for much better performances in the Premier League before the Fourth Round tie, though, and will want his side to regain their early season form if they are to progress in the competition.