Bournemouth beat Everton in a meeting of much-changed Premier League sides in the Carabao Cup third round.
Frank Lampard made 11 changes, and his side lost to Bournemouth with nine changes from the weekend.
Gary O’Neil’s side took the lead through Jamal Lowe’s deflected shot, and Junior Stanislas finished off the following defensive error.
Substitute Demarai Gray pulled one back for Everton, before Emiliano Marcondes and Jaidon Anthony took Bournemouth’s place.
Lampard lost to play in the reserves
O’Neil and Lampard have made changes to Wolves with the final round of Premier League games ahead of the 2022 World Cup coming up this weekend.
Only goalkeeper Mark Travers and central defender Chris Mepham kept their places for the hosts from an incredible 4-3 loss at Leeds United on Saturday.
Lampard went even further, completely changing the starting XI from Saturday’s defeat by Leicester, including Verton’s first start for summer signing James Garner.
The new-look Cherries quickly adapted, taking the lead after seven minutes when Lowe’s effort beat Nathan Patterson and smashed into the net keeper Asmir Begovic.
Verton got the better of the first half minutes later – inside the opening 16 minutes, Tom Davies crossed one-on-one, Garner Travers did well and Anthony Gordon’s header from six yards was saved from the wrong side.
Gordon then had to be released on Jordan Zemura just before half-time, but he ended up with the seventh book in 14 games this season and has to thank for the lack of VAR in the EF Cup match.
Verton supporters were displeased at Lampard’s game-changing decision to make so many changes, given the upset chance of their first major trophy since 1995.
O’Neil returns to his winning ways
Meanwhile, Bournemouth went unbeaten in their first six games, following the sacking of Scott Parker, O’Neil suffered defeats in all but four matches.
However, a cup run will not hurt the chances of his permanent appointment – although Everton had taken their chances, it could have been a very different story.
For, Everton’s Bournemouth captain was awarded Stanislaus’ goal in 47 minutes. Mason Holgate slides Begovic’s pass to him allowing Ryan Christie to take it away.
Lowe squared off, whose shot was blocked by Begovic, but Stanislaus rebounded for Michael Keane’s defense to reply.
Stanislas spoke highly of O’Neil after the game, telling BBC Radio Solent: “He’s brilliant for all of us. We’ve worked with him a couple of times.
“He’s done the best he can, and they’ve picked up some really good results. He’s always driving us and pushing us.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen over the winter, but hopefully we can sign on Saturday.”
Lampard threw in Alex Iwobi, Dwight McNeil and Gray to rescue the match, and they made an attack on 67 minutes to roll the ball past Travers to make it 2-1.
Bournemouth have conceded two goals in the past two matches in the Premier League, but on this occasion they took advantage of the opportunity to win for themselves.
Marcondes slotted in from close range before Anthony finished low after Patterson gave the ball away to further boost O’Neil’s chances of taking over as manager of the Vitality Stadium at full-time.
- 3StephensBreak at 85mins
- 33ZemuraSubstitutesFredericksbut 65′minutes
- 14RothwellSubstitutesDembélébut 75′minutes
- 22PearsonCorruptela at 84mins
- 32AnthonyCorruptela at 73mins
- 19StanislausSubstitutesMarcondesbut 66′minutes
- 10ChristieSubstitutesSadibut 88′minutes
- 18LoweSubstitutesHillbut 88′minutes
- 4L. Cook
- 13ThreatsCorruptela at 84mins
- 4HolgateSubstitutesMcNeilbut 51′minutes
- 37GarnerSubstitutesIwobibut 52′minutes
- 16DoucouréSubstitutesMillsbut 81′minutes
- 20MaupaySubstitutesCannonbut 81′minutes
- 10GordonCorruption in 44minsSubstitutesGraybut 52′minutes
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The match ends, Bournemouth 4, Everton 1.
The second half ends, Bournemouth 4, Everton 1.
Corner, Verton. Courtesy of Dominic Sadi.
Nathan Patterson (Everton) wins the free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emiliano Marcondes (Bournemouth).
Outside, Verton. Michael Keane tries a through ball but Stanley Mills is caught on the sideline.
Substitution, Bournemouth. James Hill replaces Jamal Lowe.
Substitution, Bournemouth. Dominic Sadi replaces Ryan Christie.
Alex Iwobi (Everton) wins the free kick in the defensive half.
Foed by Ryan Christie (Bournemouth).
Jack Stephens (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Thomas Cannon wins the free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jack Stephens (Bournemouth).
Yerry Mina (Everton) is shown a yellow card.
Ben Pearson (Bournemouth) is shown a yellow card.
Foul by Dwight McNeil (Everton).
Ben Pearson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
The goal! Bournemouth 4, Everton 1. Jaidon Anthony (Bournemouth) shot from the center of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Siriki Dembélé.
Substitution, Verton. Thomas Cannon replaces Neal Maupay.
Substitution, Verton. Stanley Mills takes the place of Abdoulaye Doucouré.