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The Roker Roundup: March 16th 2012 - O'Neill Unafraid Of Goodison Hoodoo

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It's the eve of our FA Cup Quarter-Final with Everton, and it's Friday dagnammit, so let's have a thoroughly good time reading tonight's Roker Roundup. The place to find all of today's SAFC news of note.

Today's March the 16th, and on this day in history, Wanderers won the first ever FA Cup in 1872, beating Royal Engineers 1-0 at The Oval. It's also the day that in 1978 Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was kidnapped, and later killed. It's also the birthday of singing sensation Jimmy Nail, and actor extraordinaire, Erik Estrada.

Now for some much more interesting news, here's what's been happening today in the world of SAFC...

Hopefully not an omen for this weekend's game, but last night the reserve side slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Everton. There's a match report on the official site - CLICK HERE

The Executioners Bong is a great site for Everton opinion, but they're even better at tactical and statistical analysis. They've come up with five key tactical points ahead of this weekend's game, and it makes for quite an interesting read we think - CLICK HERE

BetFair have used some Opta stats to look at all this weekend's FA Cup games, and they seem to suggest that Everton will beat us and make it to Wembley. Have a read - CLICK HERE

Simon Mignolet has paid tribute to those in front of him in Sunderland's defence ahead of this weekend's big cup clash. Glad to see it too, the likes of O'Shea and Turner have been magnificent in recent weeks - CLICK HERE

Martin O'Neill has stated that James McClean isn't suffering a drop in form, it's just that opposing sides are starting to pay a bit more attention to him. It seems a perfectly valid reason to me, and this was typified down at West Brom where they doubled up on him throughout the game - CLICK HERE

O'Neill has also been speaking about our poor form when it comes to playing at Goodison Park. It counts for nothing he says, and with his side breaking all kinds of hoodoo recently, he could well be right - CLICK HERE

And if you can't be bothered to read stuff, at least watch this video interview with Craig Russell by the BBC. Craig is basically just reminiscing about his time a the club as a player, and what it's like being back as a masseur under Martin O'Neill - CLICK HERE