Half-time: 0 - 0
Pre-season 2000 Friendly
#7 730pm Wednesday 9 August 2000Huish
Park, YeovilAtt: 4,750
Ref: Rolf Harris
Fixtures & Results ]
Everton complete their trio of games in the South West with a
trip to non-league Yeovil Town. With nine goals scored in the
previous two outings, many will expect the team to continue the
recent goal glut. Francis Jeffers continues his absence (for
personal reasons) while Thomas Gravesen also misses this game and
potentially the start to the season with a niggling back injury.
This has forced Walter Smith to wrap his stars in cotton wool and
send them home for the Yeovil match. He has obviously seen
enough, and doesn't want any more absentees in advance of the Joe
Parkinson testimonial at Goodison this coming Saturday and the tough
trip to Elland Road on the opening day of the season. Archie
Knox will be left to field a second-string of mostly the
fringe/support players in the main squad – the likes of Michael Ball
and Steve Simonsen...
An appearance from Gascoigne could keep the media and local fans
happy, if he hasn't already gone home along with the rest of the
"senior" players. A cricket score in waiting or one of those
famed Yeovil upsets? Perhaps neither.
With only Lee Osman (showing some clever touches) and Scott
Gemmill (controlling the midfield) it was more like a Sunday morning
kick-around bar the physical tackles.
The African trialist Samuel Ipoua had a run out and missed an absolute sitter in
the second half before converting in a similar situation. I
just hope Archie Knox reports back to Walter that the trialist stays
at just that and any interest is aborted.
Yeovil, although a hard working side, rarely threatened. Although
its fair to say we had the majority of play, particularly in the
second half, if we do have to rely on certain players out there
tonight – Degn, for example – then we are in for a hard season.
Jevons is no more looking a contender for a first-team place than
when he first entered the arena against Oxford
United in the League Cup last season. Simonsen once again
has not done himself any favours this pre-season and Michael Ball
remains in the shadows at Goodison.
Finally, thanks to Yeovil Town for some great hospitality.
I only wish we could have shown them the respect they deserved.
In the first 45 mins, Everton were restricted to one clear chance
at goal. This came in the 22nd min, Jevons having been put through
by Milligan with just the keeper to beat. He normally would have
scored, but today was not the case – well off target.
The only other half chance fell to Degn in the 42nd min, who had
a shot blocked from inside the box.
The first 45 mins had to go to Yeovil, who had most of the
Half time: Yeovil Town 0 - Everton 0
Everton trialist Samuel Ipoua, who was out to try and impress the
watching Archie Knox, found himself on 63 mins, with the ball at his
feet from a Milligan cross. He had a virtual open goal but somehow
blasted wide of the post. However, on 75 mins, Ipoua did get his
name on the scoresheet. McLeod on the left wing, hit a good 50-yd
pass to Milligan on the right wing who, fired in a cross low and
hard. Ipoua calmly side-footed the ball into the net for Everton's
only goal of the evening.
Jevons did have the ball in the back of the net in the 51 min,
only for it to be ruled offside.
The Blues, with virtually a reserve-strength side, did nothing
much to impress at the end of what had been a successful West
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