This was live on Everton TV at 3:00. We're apparently playing 4-3-3, with Beckford, Saha and Vaughan up front.
Everton: Turner, Baines, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Bilyaletdinov, Neville, Arteta, Vaughan, Beckford, Saha. Subs: Gueye, Coleman, Rodwell, Silva, Mustafi, Forshaw, Wallace, Baxter.
Richard Porter, Posted 24/07/2010 at 14:40:56
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1 Posted 24/07/2010 at 17:20:31
It was a good game overall, and plenty of impressive displays. It will be very interesting if Beckford can actually do it in the Premier League.
Bily still a worry for me. I desperately want him to do well, but he seems at times to be on a different planet.
ps: I found a report on the Forfar game last night that mentions both Schepers and Savic playing in Blue AGAIN! Of course, nothing whatsoever about them, at the Official Everton Website. If anyone was by chance at the Forfar game, could they try to give us the full line-up?
2 Posted 24/07/2010 at 17:25:24
3 Posted 24/07/2010 at 17:33:48
Coleman and Rodwell did well, I thought... and iI think Beckford should be fine despite his knock at the end.
Still, 3-0 was worth my £10 ticket. KOYB!
4 Posted 24/07/2010 at 19:09:52
Pienaar is replaceable; Arteta... not a chance!
BTW... some nice finishing by Beckford... and Saha looked sharp, but then it was YouTube.
5 Posted 24/07/2010 at 19:15:54
6 Posted 24/07/2010 at 20:11:23
I don't want to sound anti-Arteta but I did notice that the corners were taken by different players (mainly Bily and Gueye) and the standard of delivery was good. I don't think it's wise for Mikel to take them anymore.
7 Posted 24/07/2010 at 20:47:23
Good composed displays without moving out of 2nd gear from almost everyone (have to agree with the Bily comments ? he just looks like someone who is reluctantly playing wide). Well taken goals by Beckford and Saha. Excellent performance from Hibbert too ? he played left back 2nd half and actually looked dangerous going forward when cutting on the inside. Maybe that's why he is shit going forward on the right??
8 Posted 24/07/2010 at 20:57:04
For may years we have had strikers that would have missed those chances that he scored today.
And I hear he's not badly injured.
As for Arteta.... come on... just been married... first game back.
Very optimistic and I'd love a good summer to end with Donovan replacing Pienaar.
9 Posted 24/07/2010 at 20:51:18
I will completely bow to others who saw the whole match for his overall performance, but to say he does nothing seems a tad harsh.
On more positive note, both Beckford and Saha looked wonderfully sharp, Coleman continues to impress as an attacking wing-back (or right winger?), Rodwell looked top class and Arteta seemed to be pulling the strings. I also thought Gueye showed promise.
Sure it was only Preston and a friendly, but considering we were missing 7 likely first choice players in Pienaar, Yobo, Heitinga, Cahill, Felli, Yak and Howard plus potential starters/subs in Osman and Anichebe I'd say that a comfortable 3-0 victory and a host more chances (it could have easily been 5 or 6) is a pretty promising sign of our strength in depth (nice to see the reserves beating Forfar too).
Hopefully they keep it up next week at Norwich (who beat the barcodes today ? are you watching, Super Dan?) as I'm heading across to East Anglia.
10 Posted 24/07/2010 at 20:26:16
And thanks Mike; much appreciated. ;)
11 Posted 24/07/2010 at 21:20:23
Mixed views on Bily; He shows some classy touches and at least gets back to help the defence but sometimes you wonder about his concentration and lack of speed.
Maybe he's there to deceive the opposition ? he's slower than you think.
Priceless to see Coleman have a go at Neville who appeared to want to make him look bad with an awful pass that Coleman had no chance of getting. Nothing wrong with that lad's confidence!!
Also special mention on Gueye. He could certainly make me forget about Pienaar.
12 Posted 24/07/2010 at 21:37:30
I would love for him to be a winger. If he does well enough there, we could move Pienaar to the right and that issue is solved.
13 Posted 24/07/2010 at 21:52:45
14 Posted 24/07/2010 at 21:54:04
15 Posted 25/07/2010 at 01:01:36
16 Posted 25/07/2010 at 03:04:26
I thought he was quality in general play too. First touch and passing like he hasn't had a break. Exemplary for 45 mins.
Very satisfying runout with some great football.
17 Posted 25/07/2010 at 03:51:51
Who's the idiot invading the pitch after Beckford's first goal? Dumbass.
Beckford, albeit YouTube highlights, looks fantastic. Let's hope that comes to fruition this season. The kid looks like a real hidden gem of talent.
I pray to God we keep Arteta.
18 Posted 25/07/2010 at 04:34:54
19 Posted 25/07/2010 at 05:23:55
20 Posted 25/07/2010 at 06:35:56
21 Posted 25/07/2010 at 10:28:25
The game against Wolfsburg will be a good test; by then, all the World Cup lads should be back. And before that, our game versus our Chile namesakes.
22 Posted 25/07/2010 at 16:04:54
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