A more interesting starting line-up than Birmingham, with Mucha in goal,
Heitinga in midfield along with Barkley, and Beckford up front with Anichebe
doing his wingman thing... Rodwell was missing with an infection that has
seen him miss a couple of games now.
After some possessive stuff as Everton settled, WB were much more
direct on their first attack.
Heitinga went done on his ankle inside 4 mins, and looked rather unhappy, but
he walked off well enough, and came back on a few minutes later.
There was lots of nice confident sensible play from Barkley who got fouled
and it looked like a penalty but nothing given.
Baines won a good free-kick running in from the left, and Baines drifted it
in a little too slow, easy to defend.
Barkley was really starting to impose himself in the middle of the park,
driving the Blues forward.
As Bremen started to get more of a hold of the game, Sandro Wagner then
missed an unbelievable chance, heading wide from 2 yards out with Mucha well
beaten on a good cross from the right that easily beat Baines. Bremen ran
through the porous Everton defence but the shot was straight at Mucha.
Wagner missed another before somehow bundling in the first goal off his head
after completely missing the ball. Sunday League defending from the Mighty
Blues. An other incisive move from WB so nearly set up a second for Wagner as
At halftime. Saha & Howard came on for Anichebe and Mucha. Meanwhile
Bremen made three changes and they continued to press forward with pace, giving
Howard a good bedding in.
Everton were largely unimpressive going forward, and painfully skittish in
defence and it needed a timely intervention by Jags to stop a certain second
goal for Bremen.
Baines got an undeserved chance with a free-kick that was driven poorly into
the wall but the follow-up was an excellent drive the keeper did well to punch
away on the stretch.
Vellios then came on for Heitinga. But Rossenberg got through the
middles of the Everton defence with just Howard to beat but he fired wide...
Coleman won a good free-kick on a run down the right channel, and Neville
this time played it square to Baines who struck it hard from distance.
It was probably an okay run-out but was hardly the competitive challenge most
fans insist that Everton's pre-season consists of... in truth at times Everton
were typically poor going forward, lacking any meaningful invention, while the
defense had more than their fair share of the workout.
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