Moyes's strong team lose in Andalusia
Fellaini was missing, out injured with a slight knock, but Phil Jagielka returned to the side, which was a pretty much full-strength one considering the players David Moyes had available.
Not too much to report in a fairly mild first half, played in the sweltering Mediterranean heat. Málaga were playing some neat football but not getting much penetration in the same can be said of Everton. Tim Howard had been the busier of the two goalkeepers. Jelavic did have a good drive from a free kick.
Despite the conditions, David Moyes did not ring the changes at half time; only Sylvain Distin came on for John Heitinga. But Everton where slow to start in the second half with some sloppy football, although no real danger from any Málaga attacks.
A couple of better opportunities for both sides saw offside decisions go against each team. Everton finally started to play a little bit Jelavic scoring a nice goal although he was clearly offside. Anichebe then replaced Seamus Coleman, and the big Nigerian was strangely booked inside two minutes.
Some better football from Everton saw Leon Osman get into the penalty area but his shot was pretty lame. At the other end, simple defending for free kick saw a free header of the delivery and pretty easily Everton went behind to a goal by Welington. Francisco Junior replaced Phil Neville, then Magaye Gueye replaced Steven Naismith... followed by Ross Barkley for Nikica Jelavic. Barkley should have scored off a great Baines cross that he headed over, but he was offside anyway.
All things considered, this was a good pre-season finalé for Everton, and should set them up nicely for the massive challenge on August 20 when Manchester United come to town.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Coleman, Naismith, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Rodwell, Distin, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Anichebe, Junior, Duffy.
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789 Posted 11/08/2012 at 21:50:59
We couldn't keep hold of the ball in the middle and were awful at playing the offside game, ie, defenders sitting way too far back and not checking with each other where the defensive baseline should be and pushing it upfield when there was no attacking play to cope with!
Just a preseason game, though, nothing to worry about and.... to be fair, I thought the linesmen should've gone to Spec Savers and donned their spoils. Nevermind, again pre-season.
791 Posted 11/08/2012 at 21:56:25
792 Posted 11/08/2012 at 22:00:26
793 Posted 11/08/2012 at 22:00:38
794 Posted 11/08/2012 at 22:03:09
It would have been nice to see Everton at least score after the long journey to Malaga. We need to get some extra finishing from the midfielders to become a better team than last season.
797 Posted 11/08/2012 at 22:09:04
805 Posted 11/08/2012 at 22:43:15
809 Posted 11/08/2012 at 22:55:18
815 Posted 11/08/2012 at 23:51:32
The most obvious thing is how much we missed Fellaini and Gibson. We could mainly hold and contain, but going forward? Not much. Which is a pity, because Naismith looks like he is settling quickly.
Subs thrown on late in a game like this can never be judged fairly but Gueye, I'm sorry to say, looked like he always does - a couple of decent touches, but inept.
And who said Barkley still looks like the best lad in the school team? I watched him playing with the big boys tonight. And you're right. Lots to prove yet.
818 Posted 12/08/2012 at 00:26:37
What position did Naismith play?
822 Posted 12/08/2012 at 01:35:09
823 Posted 12/08/2012 at 02:36:34
825 Posted 12/08/2012 at 02:51:52
828 Posted 12/08/2012 at 03:19:04
Because I'm an Evertonian.
831 Posted 12/08/2012 at 06:12:35
@Ernie Baywood # 828 No I am merely being a REALIST and whats more I have HISTORY on my side. What do you have except 'High Hopes".
I would really love to see Everton come roaring out of the gates and stack up a series of stunning victories and finish comfortably high in the League and possibly win a Trophy on the way.
But the history of the past TEN YEARS under Dire Dour Defensive Davey tells me that just will not happen.
834 Posted 12/08/2012 at 07:36:41
835 Posted 12/08/2012 at 08:00:31
836 Posted 12/08/2012 at 08:02:19
838 Posted 12/08/2012 at 08:34:55
844 Posted 12/08/2012 at 10:02:19
848 Posted 12/08/2012 at 10:23:46
858 Posted 12/08/2012 at 11:29:03
905 Posted 12/08/2012 at 12:50:36
942 Posted 12/08/2012 at 13:55:03
For instance, why a man whose sole intention was to "find investment" into the club when he became majority shareholder in 1999, has done absolutely NOTHING! And why with every year that passes the club seems to have less money. And why the club has successively closed down all levels of communication with shareholders, deemed to be asking too difficult questions, never mind clamping down on supporter dissention within the stadium.
The man has become, quite fittingly, a dictator. So if he/the board are not embezzling funds or are looking for a windfall payout from a sale at a silly-high price, then why are they still here?
If everyone spent their time writing to the club, emailing the club or whatever then at some point people-power would have to be addressed. So if you continue to enjoy posting things like "it's Everton" or whatever, then consider your apathy towards the club you love for all our sakes.
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