Sounds like a great turnout in Sydney today, the Oz lads did the boys proud it seems. Davie Moyes looked happy in his post-match interview.
Looked to me that João Silva was wearing the Number 9 shirt and Magaye Gueye 11.
Michael Kenrick, Posted 10/07/2010 at 16:47:20
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1 Posted 10/07/2010 at 11:32:42
2 Posted 10/07/2010 at 17:29:02
3 Posted 10/07/2010 at 17:46:13
However, as far as I could tell, all the other players were wearing their Premier League squad numbers... and both 9 & 11 are currently vacant. Anyone know when they are required to submit the squad numbers?
Did anyone catch them warming up? Any idea what number Silva got?
4 Posted 10/07/2010 at 17:54:40
I think Baxter should be loaned out to the Championship... give him some much needed experience.
5 Posted 10/07/2010 at 17:49:59
Landon Donovan fans should note that Phil Neville said in the commentary that he had spoken to him recently in LA, and "he wants to come to Everton".
6 Posted 10/07/2010 at 18:14:47
7 Posted 10/07/2010 at 18:17:00
8 Posted 10/07/2010 at 18:22:03
9 Posted 10/07/2010 at 19:05:32
10 Posted 10/07/2010 at 19:24:25
11 Posted 10/07/2010 at 19:51:56
I wonder has Moyes one big signing up his sleeve... hope so!
12 Posted 10/07/2010 at 23:22:19
13 Posted 11/07/2010 at 02:37:05
As for Sydney FC they also put together some good moves and shots on target, making Everton work for their win. A good match for a pre-season game.
Great to see 40,000+ at the match of which 10,000+ must have been supporting Everton as opposed to opposition support and interested neutrals. Shows Everton and Cahill have pulling power down here.
14 Posted 11/07/2010 at 03:13:40
Best player (by a country mile) in 1st half for me was Jack Rodwell. Not sure why he was subbed. Also a bit disappointed that Seamus Coleman didn't get a run. Hibbert was good defensively but offered very little going forward. If you can't give young guys a few mins in pre-season friendly then when will they get a run?
15 Posted 11/07/2010 at 05:17:46
Vic was the pick for me, he started out wide right but with Vaughan not doing much up front (not that we were creating a lot for him to be fair), he was moved more central and definitely the most threatening player we had.
A decent hit-out though with Sydney giving a decent account. I wouldn't say we won comfortably. I would say Sydney had more shots on target than us although we had much more possession. Not a bad performance. Add our missing players and we would certainly have won more comfortably.
i found it strange with all the strikers we bought that James started up front. It will be interesting to see the side that runs out when the season starts.
16 Posted 11/07/2010 at 06:25:14
As for the game, I feel that you are always looking for at least a bit of edge in the match which personally I thought was lacking but it was to be expected at this point of the pre-season. One big disappointment was that the Blues did not take a two- or three-minute lap of the pitch just to create that bit more of a bond with the crowd. The reason I mention this is that I heard quite a few comments about it on the way out of the stadium. Let me say again, however, it was just great having the Blues over here.
17 Posted 11/07/2010 at 07:30:20
Agree with Jason's comment, as Billy looked to be holding back. Thought Distin looked a lot more comfortable at the back with a solid performance. Was also impressed with Anichebe and Rodwell. Would of liked to of seen Coleman and Silva play. It was surprising to see Vaughan start firstly that he was fit and secondly I had thought he'd be well down the list and possibly moving on. He played ok but didn't get much of the ball.
18 Posted 11/07/2010 at 09:31:14
I like the look of young Magaye he had some nice touches and I think he will get some first team football this season. He linked up well with Baines also.
Maybe in Melbourne young Silva will get a run along with Coleman.
19 Posted 11/07/2010 at 11:22:13
I've said the same thing about a lap of the pitch and "closer" acknowledgement of the blues fans on the numerous USA trips the boys have made here. I'm sure it has something to do with the lack of enough security staff.
20 Posted 11/07/2010 at 11:45:06
I cant really knock the boys for this as they have been doing PR stuff non-stop all week and have been more than generous with their time with the fans.
21 Posted 11/07/2010 at 12:33:01
22 Posted 11/07/2010 at 13:44:23
Interestingly, there's a picture of Jermaine Beckford in the Echo this weekend wearing a heart-moniter vest with "JB 9" written on it.
Also, the official team sheet (taken from Sydney FC website) shows Distin and Anichebe in their usual shirt numbers (but given it lists Gueye as an unused sub, and he came on at half time, it's clearly not infallible):
Everton: 12. Iain TURNER, 2. Tony HIBBERT, 3. Leighton BAINES, 15. Sylvain DISTIN, 6. Phil JAGIELKA, 7. Diniyar BILYALETDINOV (9 Jose Baxter 64?), 21. Leon OSMAN, 10. Mikel ARTETA, 26. Jack RODWELL, 14. James VAUGHAN (17. Tim CAHILL 46?), 28. Victor ANICHEBE (8. Louis SAHA 71?).
Subs not used: 31. Seamus COLEMAN, 11. Magaye GUEYE, 16. Joao SILVA, 25. Shkodran MUSTAFI, 23. Lukas JUTKIEWICZ.
23 Posted 11/07/2010 at 17:39:58
24 Posted 12/07/2010 at 02:34:27
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