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Macclesfield 0-1 Everton

Leon Osman
Leon Osman found the net on the stroke of half time

Leon Osman's goal on the stroke of half time secured victory for Premier League Everton and sent them into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Osman sent a half-volley into the top corner of the net off the crossbar from 18-yards out after Paul Morgan had headed clear Mikel Arteta's free-kick.

Earlier Nat Brown headed over from close range in what was Macclesfield best chance of the game.

In injury time Everton's Tim Howard pulled off a fine save from Simon Yeo.

Victor Anichebe, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka also went close for Everton in an entertaining second half.

Late on Macclesfield had a penalty appeal turned down when substitute Danny Thomas went to ground following a challenge from Tony Hibbert.

Macclesfield manager Keith Alexander:
"They are a good team and we made life difficult for them.

"Everton had the majority of the play but we had the better chances.

"On another day at least one of them would have gone in and Nat Brown needed to put that one away. That has been the story of our season.

"We have been playing good football but conceding sloppy goals and that has happened again."

Everton assistant boss Steve Round:
"We are pleased to go through as these are always tricky ties.

"This was their biggest game of the season and Keith Alexander had his team well organised.

"It took us a while to figure them out and when we did, we took control of the game.

"We had some really good opportunities but our final pass let us down and that is something we need to work on.

"However it was a good finish from Leon as he struck the ball really sweetly."

Macclesfield: Brain, Reid, Walker, Morgan, Hessey, Bell (Yeo 78), Brown, Dunfield, Jennings (Thomas 70), Evans (Rooney 90), Gritton.
Subs Not Used: Towns, Tolley, Brisley, Green.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Lescott, Jagielka, Baines, Osman, Neville, Arteta, Pienaar (Gosling 90), Anichebe, Cahill.
Subs Not Used: Nash, Fellaini, Rodwell, Jutkiewicz, Kissock, Wallace.

Goals: Osman 43.

Att: 6,008

Ref: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Macclesfield's Lee Bell 8.00 (on 90 minutes).

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