Everton fans react on Twitter to Ross Barkley's second-half performance against Chelsea

Ross Barkley

The England international was poor in the first 45, but came alive second-half.

Everton are through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup after a fantastic performance from Romelu Lukaku put his former team Chelsea to the sword.

The Belgian scored twice to secure the 2-0 win, with his first goal set to go down in FA Cup folklore.

Everton fans were rightly ecstatic with the striker's performance, but he didn't do it all on his own.

There was plenty of top performances in the Everton fold this evening - especially from Ross Barkley.

He had a stilted first-half performance, largely due to the role Roberto Martinez seemed to have him playing.

That had many an Everton fan calling for his substitution.

In the second half however they changed the system slightly and gave the young England star much more of a free role in the heart of the action.

It worked.

He thrived with more freedom to operate and he played in Lukaku for his second goal.

His drive and enthusiasm helped to change the dynamic of the game. Whilst it is Lukaku who will rightly steal all the headlines the performance of Barkley just behind him cannot be understated.

Here is how Everton fans reacted to his performance on Twitter...

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