Oldham striker Matt Smith repeated his FA Cup heroics with a dramatic injury-time equaliser to force a fifth-round replay against Everton.
Substitute Smith, who scored twice as the League One strugglers shocked the Toffees' Merseyside rivals Liverpool in round four, bundled home a corner from close range in the dying seconds of an enthralling clash.
Goals from Victor Anichebe and Phil Jagielka had put the Toffees in charge after Jordan Obita gave the Latics an early lead, but David Moyes' men could not survive a frenetic finish.
Tim Howard denied Smith and Robbie Simpson with superb saves but, when the Latics sent their keeper Dean Bouzanis up for a last-gasp corner, Smith was in the right place to strike from close range.
Oldham parted company with manager Paul Dickov since they knocked out the Reds but, under caretaker boss Tony Philliskirk, they again punched above their weight and deserved their money-spinning replay at Goodison Park.
Smith's road to Boundary Park
- Matt Smith gave up on professional football after Cheltenham released him as an 18-year-old.
- He gained a degree from the University of Manchester in International Management with American Studies.
- He played for Redditch United, Droylsden and Solihull Moors, where he was spotted by Oldham, while at university
The pattern of this game was established early on, with Oldham working hard to contain an energetic Everton side, but also threatening on the break.
That was exactly the manner in which the Latics took the lead after 13 minutes. Leighton Baines saw his free-kick clip the top of the wall and deflect narrowly over and, from the resulting corner, Oldham struck from a classic counter-attack.
When the ball was cleared, Lee Croft span past Leon Osman on the half-way line and surged to the right-hand corner of the Everton area. Only Croft will know whether his final ball was a cross or shot but the Everton defence stood and watched it trundle past them, for Obita to fire home at the left-hand post.
That goal took the roofs off the three remaining stands at Boundary Park but it did not knock Everton out of their stride. They continued to fire a stream of balls into the Oldham box, and they did not have to wait long to draw level.
Anichebe made the most of a fortuitous bounce to turn inside Jean-Yves M'voto inside the Oldham area, but there was nothing lucky about his powerful finish which left Bouzanis standing.
"You look at Oldham's performances against Liverpool and now Everton and you wonder why on Earth they are struggling in League One. They played a lot of good football and never gave up."
There was another scare for the Toffees soon afterwards, with Obita seeing his shot deflected against the post after the ball broke to him in the box.
But Oldham's forays forward became ever rarer as the first half drew on, while Everton's superior possession translated into openings for Marouane Fellaini, who headed on to the roof of the net, and Nikica Jelavic, who could not get on the end of a long ball into the box.
The second half was only three minutes old when the Toffees took the lead. Kevin Mirallas, a half-time replacement for the injured Anichebe, delivered an inviting corner and Phil Jagielka planted his header past Bouzanis.
That should have been the beginning of the end of Oldham's Cup run but Everton's failure to finish off their opponents was to cost them dearly.
Steven Pienaar saw a shot saved, Leon Osman wasted a chance from a corner, Jelavic fired over - and the Latics battled on.
For long spells that was without reward but the introduction of Smith, who has not played since that Liverpool game because of a shoulder injury, was to change the game.
Moyes' refusal to discuss a new contract until the end of the season means his future at Goodison Park is uncertain and so is his side's fate in the Cup thanks to the former Manchester University student's late strike.
Smith brought a fine diving stop from Howard from the edge of the area and, after Simpson was also denied, he got on the end of a corner after Bouzanis distracted the Everton keeper.
- 13 Bouzanis
- 02 Brown
- 03 Grounds
- 05 Mvoto
- 04 Wesolowski (Furman - 66' )
- 06 Tarkowski
- 07 Croft
- 15 Obita (Simpson - 77' )
- 09 Iwelumo (Smith - 61' )
- 18 Barnard
- 20 Baxter
- 01 Cisak
- 16 Byrne
- 26 Winchester
- 08 Furman
- 10 Simpson
- 14 Smith
- 21 Millar
- 24 Howard
- 03 Baines
- 06 Jagielka
- 15 Distin
- 18 Neville Booked
- 04 Gibson
- 21 Osman
- 22 Pienaar (Oviedo - 79' )
- 25 Fellaini
- 07 Jelavic (Duffy - 90' )
- 28 Anichebe (Mirallas - 46' )
- 01 Mucha
- 05 Heitinga
- 34 Duffy
- 08 Oviedo
- 16 Hitzlsperger
- 11 Mirallas
- 14 Naismith
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.90:00 +4:09
The assist for the goal came from Jonathan Grounds.90:00 +4:09 Goal scored
Goal! - Matt Smith - Oldham 2 - 2 Everton Matt Smith scores a headed goal from close in. Oldham 2-2 Everton.90:00 +3:11
Inswinging corner taken by Jonathan Grounds from the left by-line, save by Tim Howard. Corner taken by Jonathan Grounds,90:00 +2:54
Connor Brown delivers the ball, clearance made by Sylvain Distin. The ball is crossed by Connor Brown.90:00 +1:41
Dean Bouzanis takes the direct free kick.90:00 +1:41 Substitution
Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Shane Duffy coming on for Nikica Jelavic.90:00 +1:41
The official flags Kevin Mirallas offside.90:00 +1:27
The ball is sent over by Jose Baxter, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.90:00 +0:25
The ball is sent over by James Tarkowski, Tim Howard manages to make a clearance.89:15
Jose Baxter concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Mirallas. Free kick taken by Phil Neville.88:44
Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on James Tarkowski. Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.88:05
Robbie Simpson takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save. Robbie Simpson produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.87:36
Jonathan Grounds crosses the ball, Tim Howard makes a save.87:06
Lee Barnard takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Jonathan Grounds from the right by-line, Tim Howard makes a save.86:40
Nikica Jelavic is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Dean Bouzanis takes the free kick.84:52
Kevin Mirallas sends in a cross, blocked by Jonathan Grounds.84:19
Marouane Fellaini is penalised for a handball. James Tarkowski takes the free kick.83:42
The ball is delivered by Connor Brown, free kick awarded for a foul by Robbie Simpson on Phil Jagielka. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.81:50
Shot from inside the area by Nikica Jelavic clears the bar.
Short corner worked by Dean Furman.79:43
Matt Smith takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.78:34 Substitution
Substitution Bryan Oviedo on for Steven Pienaar.78:23
Jose Baxter sends in a cross.76:04
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jose Baxter, Sylvain Distin fouled by Lee Barnard, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.76:04 Substitution
Substitution Robbie Simpson replaces Jordan Obita.74:57
Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Mirallas, Leon Osman takes a shot. Save by Dean Bouzanis.74:34
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Jean Yves Mvoto gets a block in.72:13
Nikica Jelavic produces a cross.70:50
A cross is delivered by James Tarkowski.69:58
Jordan Obita sends in a cross.69:30
Leighton Baines delivers the ball.67:31
The offside flag is raised against Marouane Fellaini. Dean Bouzanis takes the free kick.67:02
Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Smith on Leighton Baines. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.66:22
Jonathan Grounds delivers the ball, clearance made by Sylvain Distin. Effort from just outside the area by Jose Baxter goes over the target.65:11
Dean Bouzanis takes the free kick.65:11 Substitution
Substitution (Oldham) makes a substitution, with Dean Furman coming on for James Wesolowski.65:11
Foul by Steven Pienaar on Jonathan Grounds, free kick awarded.64:25
The ball is delivered by Jose Baxter, save by Tim Howard.63:23
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Howard by Jordan Obita. Tim Howard takes the free kick.62:35
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Lee Barnard. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.62:08
The official flags Kevin Mirallas offside. Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.61:44
Centre by Steven Pienaar, Shot from 18 yards from Kevin Mirallas. Blocked by Nikica Jelavic.60:39 Substitution
Substitution Matt Smith replaces Chris Iwelumo.60:01
Jordan Obita takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.58:50
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kevin Mirallas.54:34
Free kick crossed right-footed by Jose Baxter from left wing, save made by Tim Howard.54:34 Booking
Booking The referee books Phil Neville for unsporting behaviour.54:30
Phil Neville challenges Jordan Obita unfairly and gives away a free kick.53:07
Nikica Jelavic challenges James Tarkowski unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.52:26
Centre by Jonathan Grounds, Tim Howard makes a save.51:46
Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save by Dean Bouzanis.49:45
The referee gives a free kick against Steven Pienaar for handball. Direct free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.48:21
Darron Gibson challenges Chris Iwelumo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Baxter crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.47:14
Kevin Mirallas provided the assist for the goal.47:14 Goal scored
Goal! - Phil Jagielka - Oldham 1 - 2 Everton Phil Jagielka finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Oldham 1-2 Everton.47:03
Corner taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line,46:48
A cross is delivered by Nikica Jelavic, blocked by Jean Yves Mvoto.46:17
Marouane Fellaini produces a cross, save by Dean Bouzanis.45:56
Leighton Baines crosses the ball, James Tarkowski manages to make a clearance.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Kevin Mirallas is brought on as a substitute for Victor Anichebe.45:00 +2:09 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.44:48
Centre by Marouane Fellaini.44:20
Jonathan Grounds sends in a cross, Tim Howard makes a save.43:16
The ball is swung over by Jordan Obita, clearance by Leighton Baines.40:42
Effort on goal by Steven Pienaar from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.39:46
The ball is crossed by Phil Neville, Header on goal by Marouane Fellaini from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.39:20
Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines to the near post, James Tarkowski manages to make a clearance.39:11
Centre by Darron Gibson, clearance made by Connor Brown.37:06
Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by James Wesolowski results in a free kick. Phil Neville crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing. A cross is delivered by Phil Neville.35:41
The ball is swung over by Victor Anichebe, save by Dean Bouzanis.33:09
The referee gives a free kick against Lee Croft for handball. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.32:39
Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Baxter. Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.31:34
The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.31:10
Lee Croft sends in a cross, Phil Jagielka makes a clearance.30:11
Connor Brown delivers the ball, Unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Chris Iwelumo results in a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.29:07
Sylvain Distin is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Jose Baxter has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.28:36
Leighton Baines challenges Lee Croft unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Bouzanis takes the direct free kick.27:44
Victor Anichebe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Yves Mvoto. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.26:10
Foul by Lee Barnard on Sylvain Distin, free kick awarded. Tim Howard takes the free kick.24:53
Effort from inside the box by Jordan Obita strikes the post. Lee Croft has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal. The referee blows for offside against Victor Anichebe. Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.23:41
The assist for the goal came from Nikica Jelavic.23:41 Goal scored
Goal! - Victor Anichebe - Oldham 1 - 1 Everton Victor Anichebe finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Oldham 1-1 Everton.23:00
The ball is sent over by Lee Croft.22:23
Centre by Jordan Obita, clearance by Sylvain Distin.19:45
The ball is delivered by Leighton Baines, Connor Brown gets a block in. Centre by Steven Pienaar, clearance by Jean Yves Mvoto.18:38
Unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Connor Brown results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Pienaar from left by-line, Connor Brown manages to make a clearance.16:21
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Jean Yves Mvoto. Darron Gibson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Lee Croft manages to make a clearance.12:57
The assist for the goal came from Lee Croft.12:57 Goal scored
Goal! - Jordan Obita - Oldham 1 - 0 Everton Jordan Obita fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Oldham 1-0 Everton.12:20
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jean Yves Mvoto.11:55
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Darron Gibson, Chris Iwelumo manages to make a clearance.10:55
Leon Osman fouled by Jose Baxter, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Leighton Baines from the free kick.10:00
Jordan Obita delivers the ball.8:52
A cross is delivered by Victor Anichebe, blocked by Connor Brown.7:43
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Connor Brown by Steven Pienaar. Dean Bouzanis takes the free kick.7:20
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. James Tarkowski gets a block in. The referee blows for offside. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.6:50
Handball decision goes against Chris Iwelumo. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.6:27
The ball is swung over by Phil Neville, save by Dean Bouzanis.5:56
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Jonathan Grounds. Darron Gibson takes the direct free kick.1:41
Jose Baxter fouled by Leon Osman, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.0:13
Marouane Fellaini is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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