Everton have been knocked out of the League Cup at the semi-final stage by Manchester City.
The Merseyside club travelled to the Etihad with a narrow advantage, leading 2-1 from the first-leg.
They went ahead through a fantastic Ross Barkley strike, but the Toffees were pegged back six minutes later when Fernandinho’s long-range shot deflected in.
Heading into the second half, City made their dominance count, with Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero clinching the victory, and securing passage to the Final against Liverpool by a 4-3 scoreline on aggregate.
De Bruyne’s goal was fortuitous, as the ball had crossed the byline in the build up to his strike, but City were well worth their victory.
Everton once again looked shaky as a defensive side, and Roberto Martinez made a strange decision to name talented centre-back John Stones at right-back.
After some recent criticism, Stones struggled all game, and he was withdrawn after 78 minutes for the more natural full-back Seamus Coleman.
Stones never looked settled in his new role, and fans took to Twitter after the game to react to the defender’s performance, with some suggesting he needs to spend some time on the sidelines to recover his form.
Efc got tatics wrong stones should have been in the middle Coleman at right back— reg hardie (@HardieReg) January 28, 2016
should of cashed in on stones while we had the chance #efc— Phil 'Efc' Eves (@Eves92) January 27, 2016
John stones let all the hype go to his head sell him and cash out for 50 mil and get the last laugh @Everton— MartinezOut (@EFC_Jayy) January 27, 2016
And Stones I can only remember him having 1 flawless game so far. Great at a little give & go or dropping the shoulder & steppin inside #EFC— The White Orangutan (@philipjustice66) January 27, 2016
I'd honestly take Stones out the team for a bit you know. #EFC— Rob Astell (@RobAstell) January 27, 2016
If Jon Stones is worth £40 mil then my dog is worth £39mil. At least she can run. #EFC— Keylor Halbur (@keylor_halbur) January 27, 2016
John Stones' biggest fan, but he was awful again tonight. Needs taking out of the side now. Kid it waltzing through games #EFC— Matt Jones (@MattJFootball) January 27, 2016