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Sunderland had to show every ounce of their renewed fighting spirit to hold out at Goodison Park and earn a replay.

In a tie that made a mockery of suggestions that the FA Cup has been devalued and after Phil Bardsley drove Sunderland in front after 11 minutes, only for Tim Cahill, who had scored just once in his previous 50 matches, to head Everton level.

Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland spent the majority of the final three-quarters of the match on the back-foot but they clung on to take Everton back to the Stadium of Light.

The Everton manager David Moyes had complained that the Merseyside derby have been “crammed in” and although he restored the half-dozen players he had left out of the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool, it was a familiar feeling of being squeezed by Sunderland’s pressing and intensity.

James McClean headed wide from a Craig Gardner cross with just a couple of minutes gone and referee Andre Marriner waved away appeals for what looked like a clear penalty when Everton’s Royston Drenthe went down under Gardner’s tackle.

But the visitors took a deserved lead with just 11 minutes gone.

Seb Larsson pretended to tie a lace and, with Everton half asleep, Joe Colback’s quick free-kick picked out Bardsley and the defender drove through a crowd of bodies to put Sunderland in front with just his fifth senior goal.

Midway through the opening period the hosts drew level when a Leighton Baines cross was met by the head of Nikica Jelavic, only for Tim Cahill to divert the ball past the helpless goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

A Royston Drenthe free-kick struck the bar just before the interval but Everton maintained their pressure after the break, with Mignolet spilling a long-range effort from Cahill.

The Australian also prodded straight at the goalkeeper after being picked out by Fellaini’s knock-down, before Jelavic’s header found the roof of the net from an excellent Baines cross.

Mignolet had to be at full stretch to palm away a John Heitinga header before pushing wide from Jelavic’s follow-up.

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