Everton travel to the south coast for a friendly to fill in a
blank weekend that is a painful reminder of the embarrassing exit
from the FA Cup at home to Blackburn just two weeks ago. While
they press on in the 4th Round, this free weekend gives the Blues
some match practice and an early opportunity to take a look at the
only addition to the squad so far during a typically frustrating
January transfer window.
Brazilian Anderson da Silva (wearing simply "Anderson" on his
shirt) started in midfield, with Tony Hibbert and Alessandro Pistone
returning as full back after a long absence through injury.
Richard Wright made a rare appearance in goal to face the League One
The match finally got under way at 2:15 pm and Beattie was
promptly fouled by Gowling. the first half-decent attack came with
a cross from Darren Anderton with Wright tipping over for a
corner, and Lawson's strike went behind off Hibbert for another
corner. Everton's attacks were slow to develop, Anderson
having a pop from distance after 20 mins (he'll soon be told not
to do that!) but it was blocked.
The game livened up a bit after the half hour with a couple of
shots at either end, Bournemouth winning more corners. Everton won
their first corner on 43 minutes and Anichebe nearly got on the end
of it. Cahill then got a strike on goal but it was comfortably saved
by Stewart in The Cherries' goal.
Haytor than had a run in on the Everton goal but Wright had it
covered. Everton won another corner, with Beattie active despite
persistent booing from he local yokels, due to his Southampton
pedigree. Everton achieved their first objective, surviving
goalless at half-time.
A few changes at half-time included James Vaughan coming on in
place of Victor Anichebe.
Hayter did well out wide and got the ball past Stubbs and the
in-running Fletcher fired home with some ease past Richard Wright to
put the League One outfit ahead. The goal prompted more
changes from David Moyes, including a rare showing for Bjarni
Osman and Vidarsson combined well but the shot from Beattie was
poor. Everton huffed and puffed and it was Bjarni Vidarsson
was in there to force the ball in off a defender from a decent
Hibbert cross. Scrapy, but just what the Blues needed.
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