Given Everton’s craving for cup success usually ends in frustration, it must be a source of comfort for them to learn Carlo Ancelotti has not lost a tie against lower-league opposition for more than two decades.
A comfortable victory over Salford City sets up a trip to play Fleetwood Town on Wednesday when that proud record stretching back to the Italian’s time in charge of Parma in 1996-97 will face a tougher examination.
Everton still made life difficult for themselves, squandering several opportunities to add to Michael Keane’s eighth-minute headed opener, until the 100th goal of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s English club career on his 400th appearance ensured the biggest night in Salford’s history could not bring with it a giantkilling scalp.
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