|Kevin Campbell scored his first goal for the Blues this afternoon since
his protracted £3 million move form Trabzonspor. The strike in the 67th
minute gave Everton victory in the inaugural One 2 One Charity Cup.
For a pre-season friendly this was a lively affair with plenty of chances
in front of both ends of Rotherhams Millmoor stadium. As early as the
second minute Nick Barmby managed to run past the Millers central defenders,
he then laid a pass on for Don Hutchison who narrowly shot wide of Mike
Hutchison, captain for the day was instrumental in the opening stages, his
second effort four minutes later was again just wide of the Rotherham keepers
upright Francis Jeffers and David Unsworth providing the ball in on
Neither side could break the deadlock in the opening period though it was
the homeside who came closest. Jamie Ingledows long range effort was
deflected out for a corner. The kick provided Leo Fortune-West with opportunity
to tee up a shot for Chris Sedgewick whose ferocious strike fell safely into
the hands of Steve Simonsen, whose second appearance of the week was more
encouraging than the first.
Paul Gerrard swapped places with Simonsen, for the second half and did his
cause no harm at all for being the managers first choice keeper when
the Blues run out against Manchester United in a fortnights time.
A number of splendid saves culminated in the best of the bunch on 76.
Fortune-West crossed into substitute Gary Martindale who should have scored
without doubt, but for the quick thinking of the former Oldham Athletic number
one. He dived to his left-hand side and lapped up the oncoming shot.
Walter Smith rotated his side once more as he tries to find the right balance
for the new campaign. David Weir, David Unsworth and Mitch Ward all deserve
praise for inspiring performances. So too does Ronnie Ekelund, on trial for
a week at Goodison, he put on a show that will make the Everton management
sit up and take notice.
The only black mark of the afternoons proceedings was when youngster
Richard Dunne was asked to leave the field after a challenge that could have
ended in disaster for Sedgewick. Despite his dismissal, referee Mr Mathieson
did not show the red card.
But the plaudits must go to Kevin Campbell who opened his account as a permanent
Everton player in front of the visiting spectators. Though a little scrappy,
it was Unsworth who had been unlucky in front of goal himself that provided
the pass for Campbell. Keeper Pollit was out on the edge of the Millers penalty
area, but the Everton number 9 was able to rise above him and sneak in a
little header that ran away from the chasing defenders.
The result provided the Blues with their first piece of silverware of the
season, and a sense of optimism that this time around things might be that
little bit different.