Huddersfield 1-2 Everton: Andros Townsend opens his Toffees account to give Rafa Benitez’s side Carabao Cup victory after returning star Moise Kean was sent off
- Everton are into the third round of the Carabao Cup after beating Huddersfield
- Alex Iwobi opened the scoring after slotting coolly beneath the goalkeeper
- Hosts netted an equaliser on the cusp of half-time courtesy of a Tom Lees header
- Moise Kean was sent off for the Toffees just after the second half had started
- Andros Townsend scored his first Everton goal to seal victory for the visitors
Fresh from playing alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, Moise Kean’s miserable time at Everton sunk to a new low as he was sent off at the John Smith’s.
Though Rafa Benitez’s side squeezed past battling Huddersfield with a late winner from Andros Townsend, poor Kean will be wondering when his luck is going to change.
Loaned to PSG last season to regain his mojo, the £25million striker was granted his first Everton start for a year only to have a goal disallowed – despite being onside – and then received a controversial red card when he squared up to Huddersfield’s Sorba Thomas.
Andros Townsend hit the back of the net for his first Everton goal to seal progression
Striker Moise Kean was dismissed by a straight red after a confrontation with an opponent
Huddersfield (3-5-2): Nicholls 6.5, Pearson 6, Sarr 6, Lees 7 (Turton 69 6), Thomas 7, High 6 (Koroma 80), Vallejo 6, Sinani 6 (O’Brien 69 6), Toffolo 6, Campbell 6, Holmes 6.5
Subs unused: Schofield (Gk), Aarons, Colwill, Russell
Goals: Lees 45
Booked: Thomas, Sarr
Everton (4-3-3): Begovic 7.5, Kenny 6.5, Holgate 5.5, Keane 7, Branthwaite 6 (Gomes 57 7), Davies 7 (Digne 64 6), Gbamin 6, Nkounkou 6 (Gray 75 6), Townsend 6.5, Kean 6. Iwobi 7
Subs unused: Lonergan (Gk), Coleman, Mina, Doucoure
Goals: Iwobi 26, Townsend 79
Booked: Begovic, Gomes
Sent off: Kean
Referee: Matthew Donohue 6
Kean had been caught by the defender after 59 minutes and turned around to confront him with a barge into the chest.
To the fury of Everton’s players, referee Matthew Donohue decided there was sufficient force in the retaliation with a raised hand to order the 21-year-old from the pitch.
‘He will learn from it. He is only young,’ said Benitez, who would have been pleased to hear some Evertonians chant his own name at the end.
In the circumstances, the Premier League side will be relieved to remain in the competition. They have never won the League Cup and not lifted any trophy since 1995.
They were rewarded for a bright start when Tom Davies released Alex Iwobi midway through the first half and he applied a tidy finish despite having netted only twice last season. Kean then lashed his finish into the top corner but the goal was chalked off for offside.
Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberan hails from Valencia and idolises Benitez for winning LaLiga twice with his hometown club.
There was too much respect from his side towards Everton in the opening half-hour until Danel Sinani slashed a golden chance wide from four yards.
From then on, the Championship underdogs woke up and deservedly levelled on the stroke of half-time when Tom Lees headed Thomas’s corner for his first goal of 2021.
Begovic, making his Everton debut, kept his side in the game with a brilliant save from Duane Holmes. From the resulting corner, Matty Pearson headed in but after the wild celebrations, he realised it had been chalked off.
Huddersfield pulled themselves back into the match on the cusp of half-time with Tom Lees
The defender roared in celebration to the home fans after scoring his precision header
Even though referee Matthew Donohue signalled a push on Mason Holgate which looked harsh, Terriers forward Fraizer Campbell was also standing in an offside position so the right decision was reached.
Tempers were further frayed when Kean clashed with Thomas. The player walked off looking calm but the rest of his team-mates surrounded the official to complain.
To Everton’s credit, they used their sense of injustice to snatch a winner. Everton showed great character from the setback to regain the lead after 79 minutes.
Iwobi fed substitute Andre Gomes who wriggled along the byline and pulled back for Townsend to convert from close range in front of three thousand jubilant travelling fans.
Alex Iwobi had opened the scoring for Everton after slotting coolly beneath the goalkeeper
Iwobi peeled away to celebrate the strike with his team-mates at the John Smith’s stadium
It was the winger’s first goal for his new club having been released by Crystal Palace in the summer.
Benitez said: ‘I was pleased with the way we approached the game. It wasn’t easy. They got a lot of belief with their goal.’
On the red card, the Everton boss said it represented a good lesson for Kean. ‘It was a mistake (from Kean).
‘We can not lose our temper,’ he said. ‘I saw when they pushed each other. He is a young player and will learn from this.’
Corberan had his own hard-luck story: ‘The referee decided our goal was a foul. I didn’t see the image. We tried to be more brave when they had a man sent off,’ he added.
The striker then took instructions from manager Rafa Benitez on the touchline after his goal