Iwobi scores and assists as Everton hammer Fleetwood Town in Carabao Cup
The Nigerian winger put in a brilliant display at Highbury Stadium which secured the Toffees progress to the next round of the cup competition
Alex Iwobi scored a goal and provided an assist as Everton continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 5-2 win over Fleetwood Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Iwobi made his first appearance of the season in the victory over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend but made the starting XI this time.
Everton did not let their guards down on Wednesday with Richarlison giving them the lead in the 22nd minute, courtesy of Bernard's assist.
The Nigeria international turned provider for the Toffees second goal, playing a lovely backheel to Richarlison after a brilliant one-two with the Brazilian.
1 - Alex Iwobi has both scored and assisted a goal in the same match for the first time in what is his 180th senior appearance in English football. Busy.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2020
Fleetwood were not going to give up so easily and pulled one back through second-half substitute Mark Duffy two minutes after the restart.
Everton would go on to extend their lead not too long after thanks to Iwobi, Nigerian tapping home with consummate ease after being fed by Richarlison. It marked the first time the Arsenal academy graduate scored and assisted in the same match for the first time in his club career.
Fleetwood again cut the deficit, this time from Callum Camps in the 58th minute, but Everton were equally in the mood to get more goals and added a fourth through Bernard and substitute Moise Kean wrapping things up in added time with the fifth.
The victory will see Everton face West Ham United in the Carabao Cup fourth round at Goodison Park next week.
GOAL! Just the reaction we needed. Great play by Gordon down the left and Iwobi converts the cutback.