As Phil Neville and his players looked on ruefully while John Terry lifted the cup for Chelsea they could proudly reflect on a memorable season, but one which had just one game too many. Injuries, fatigue and that lack of extra quality told for Everton in the end, as they were deservedly beaten by a Chelsea side determined to give interim boss Guus Hiddink a happy send-off.
It could have been so different when The Toffees took the lead after just 25 seconds – the quickest goal in FA Cup history. Louis Saha, defying questions over his fitness, lashed home Marouane Fellaini’s knock down from eighteen yards past a startled Petr Cech. Both sets of fans were stunned, but you have to give credit to Chelsea, who weathered the storm and actually settled into the game quicker than their opponents.
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