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Everton v Cheltenham: FA Cup scouting report

Cheltenham scouting report: What Everton must be wary of in the FA Cup

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UPDATED:

18:37 GMT, 12 December 2012

David Moyes made the long trip to Hereford on Tuesday night to watch Everton's prospective opponents in the FA Cup Third Round.

As the night turned out, it was a neat near-post header by Cheltenham substitute Kaid Mohamed that settled it in the Robins' favour.

But here are five mental notes that Moyes certainly will have made following his cold night out at Edgar Street.

1. Jermaine McGlashan

The winger was given a torrid time after referee Dean Whitestone adjudged that he had been dragged over by Andy Gallinagh in first-half injury-time.

Speed demon: Jermaine McGlashan could cause Everton problems

Speed demon: Jermaine McGlashan could cause Everton problems

But he has a serious turn of pace and, although the end product does not always match the approach, he only needs to get lucky once – as he did at Edgar Street.

2. Cheltenham weren't bullied

Martin Foyle has some big lads in his Hereford team – midfielders Harry Pell and Will Evans stand well over six feet tall and the Robins stood up well to their challenge. It is particularly apt if Marouane Fellaini is chosen for the trip to Gloucestershire.

3. No kick and rush

I liked the look of midfielder Russ Penn. In the best traditions of central midfielders he keeps things ticking over. He was the victim of a horrible challenge which ruined his evening but before then he had been the fulcrum of a team that was trying to play on a difficult circumstance.

Winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) send Cheltenham through

Winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) send Cheltenham through

4. Confidence

Although Mark Yates is battling with a smallish squad, there is nothing that acts as a greater aid to confidence than winning matches regularly. League Two clubs have a busy schedule over the holiday period but if the Robins can defeat fellow high-fliers Port Vale on Saturday, they could be on the cusp of just the type of run that sends them into their plum tie on the crest of a wave.

5. Past experience

It won't have gone un-noticed on Merseyside that this season marks the tenth anniversary of an FA Cup exit at the same stage of the season at Moyes' expense.

Upset: Shrewsbury's Nigel Jemson scored the winner against Everton

Upset: Shrewsbury's Nigel Jemson scored the winner against Everton

It may not have been the primary reason for the Scot getting into his car and making the long journey south, but memories of a painful 2-1 defeat by Shrewsbury, managed by former favourite Kevin Ratcliffe, may be what has led Everton's boss into leaving no stone unturned.

Zebre 14 Harlequins 57: Smith nabs a brace as pool leaders Quins secure bonus point win

Zebre 14 Harlequins 57: Smith nabs a brace as pool leaders secure bonus point win

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16:34 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

16:34 GMT, 8 December 2012

Harlequins remain on course for top spot in Heineken Cup pool three after a comprehensive victory over Zebre in Parma.

The Aviva Premiership pacesetters ran in eight tries to secure a winning bonus point.

Sam Smith scored a brace with Nick Easter, Matt Hopper, Rob Buchanan and Ben Botica also among the scorers for Connor O'Shea's high fliers, who also managed two scrum penalty tries.

The most Zebre could manage on a bitterly cold day was a first-half breakaway try by Leonardo Sarto and a late consolation for Alberto Chillon.

Two tries: Sam Smith helped Quins to an easy win

Two tries: Sam Smith helped Quins to an easy win

With Biarritz losing to Connacht last night, Quins' destiny now lies in their own hands and victory in next week's return against Zebre will effectively seal their passage through to the quarter-finals.

Harlequins were good value for their win and barely had to break sweat for some of their tries.

The first came for Smith on 26 minutes, a routine dash for the corner after the Zebre defence had been stretched on the back of a Maurie Fa'asavalu turnover.

Evans converted, adding to an earlier penalty, and already it looked as though the game was up for a desperately limited Zebre side, who failed to get out of their own half in the opening half hour.

Things went from bad to worse for the hapless Italians when serial offender Mauro Bergamasco was sent to the sin-bin for a ruck offence.

With that it looked as though the floodgates would open, and Smith helped himself to a second try after linking superbly with Tom Williams.

Again Evans converted to leave Quins 17-0 up and coasting.

Complacency cost Quins as they went in search of a third try before half-time, and it was Zebre who instead struck next, Sarto racing away after one too many passes cost Quins.

It was shortlived joy for Zebre, and Quins were back in business within three minutes of the restart as Easter bagged their third try after the visiting forwards wrestled the home pack into submission.

Danny Care, Matt Hopper and Mike Brown all went close to adding a fourth, but in the end it was the forwards that took the plaudits, forcing a penalty try after dominating the home scrum.

They would do so again later in the half as Zebre went into meltdown, and sandwiched in between was a fine individual try by Hopper, who showed great footwork to outmanoeuvre the home defence.

He was eclipsed shortly after, however, by substitute prop Buchanan, who scored with practically his first touch after another irresistible attack by rampant Quins.

A late try by Chillon proved scant consolation for a disillusioned Zebre, and it was left to another substitute, Botica, to wrap up the scoring for Quins.

Dembele starts talks with Fulham over new deal as Jol looks to head off Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal

Dembele starts talks with Fulham over new deal as Jol looks to head off Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal

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UPDATED:

22:46 GMT, 15 March 2012

Fulham have begun their fight to keep Moussa Dembele by calling the playmaker in for talks over a bumper new contract.

The Belgium international has been a star performer for Martin Jol's side this season and his performances have attracted interest from Premier League's high-fliers.

Tottenham have had two offers for Dembele rejected, while Liverpool and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the talented 24-year-old.

Mixing it up: Moussa Dembele (right) and Marc Albrighton tussle for possession

Mixing it up: Moussa Dembele (right) and Marc Albrighton tussle for possession

Jol is desperate to keep the midfielder in west London and has instructed club officials to sit down with Dembele over a new deal as quickly as possible.

Dembele – who has excelled in an unfamiliar central midfield role in recent weeks – currently earns in the region of 35,000-per-week but will be handed a significant pay rise to sign an extension.

The Belgian has just over 12 months left on his existing deal and Fulham could be forced to sell him in the summer if he fails to pen a new contract.

Arsenal"s Sanchez Watt joins Crawley on loan

Arsenal youngster Watt joins League Two high-fliers Crawley on loan

League Two promotion hopefuls Crawley have signed Arsenal forward Sanchez Watt, 20, on loan for the rest of the season.

The England Under 19 international was on loan at Leeds last season and spent two months with Sheffield Wednesday earlier this campaign.

Making light of the situation: Sanchez Watt has found chances limited at Arsenal

Making light of the situation: Sanchez Watt has found chances limited at Arsenal