Everton gain a head start from Michael Keane as they ease past Salford

Salford have come a long way since the Class of 92 increased their profile and resources but a Premier League giant-killing will have to wait for now. Graham Alexander’s side tested Everton’s patience, and no doubt that of manager Carlo Ancelotti as several fringe players failed to grasp their moment to impress, but the experienced heads of Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson saw the hosts through to a third-round meeting with Fleetwood Town.

Salford’s famous backers could argue otherwise but, according to Alexander, this was a monumental occasion for the League Two club as they faced top-flight opposition for the first time in their history. It proved a monumental step too as Premier League superiority told from the very start.

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