A crowd of 8,346 tonight saw Everton take on the Mexican
Champions Pachuca. It was a good workout with lots of good
action. The best bits:
- 3' 1-0 McFadden Hibbert was in
the thick of the action from the edge of the area put McFadden
in the box right side, a cross shot across the front of goal,
found its way in the bottom left hand corner, a bright
- 10' McFadden with a shot 30 yards out just
out side of the D, just off target.
- 11' McFadden runs at the heart of the
defence, gets into the box, shoots, HANDBALL!
- 11' 2-0 Gravesen From the
penalty spot, puts the keeper the wrong way, ball ends up in the
bottom right hand corner.
- 22' 2-1 Cacho Cross from
the right unmarked in the box free header.
- 23' McFadden (must be
contender for the man of the match) 25 yards out another
shot just past the right post.
- 42' Campbell gets in on the action,
from inside the area latches on to a cross from the right, on
target but saved by the keeper.
- 44' 2-2 Martinez Danced
though the heart of the Everton defence, no blue shirt able to
get near him, puts the ball in the right hand corner.
Half Time: Everton 2 - 2 Pachuca
- 45' On Clarke Off Hibbert
- 53' McFadden from 18 yards out shot
just over the bar.
- 54' Carsley from the right finds
McFadden inside the area his shot forces another save.
- 57' 3-2 Campbell Gravesen finds
Campbell with a cross from the right, standing on the
penalty spot and a free header could not fail to miss.
- 62' McFadden & Campbell with a
nice one two, Campbell with the final shot just floated
over the bar.
- 63' 4-2 Kilbane McFadden with a
corner, Kilbane waiting on the edge of the six yard
box, heads down and in to the goal.
- 69' On Bent Off Naysmith
- 78' On Chadwick Off
- 79' Gravesen free kick left side of the box 30
yards out, hits the top of the bar.
- 83' 5-2 Chadwick
Osman with a bit of skill, took on the defence Chadwick
waiting on the edge of the area, picks up the ball finishes
Everton kicked off their Copa de Tejas campaign with a winning
start, knocking off Pachuca of Mexico 5-2. Everton were led by
the impressive performance of James McFadden up front and Thomas
Gravesen in midfield. Joseph Yobo marshalled the back line
well and Nigel Martyn rose o the challenge when tested.
Everton started off the match with a goal in the third minute as
McFadden received a pass from Lee Carsley in the box and tucked it
in past Miguel Angel Calero. The goal would be a warning to
the Pachuca players of McFadden's ability as he ran at the Pachuca
players all day. Everton went up two nil in the thirteenth
minute as Leon Osman received a ball from McFadden and took a shot
that came off a Pachuca defenders hand. The referee did not
hesitate to point to the spot and Gravesen stepped up to knock in
Then Pachuca began playing the ball around and linking up with
neat one-two’s and nine minutes later, Juan Carlos Cacho knocked
in a low cross from the right wing to Martyn's left. Yobo was quite
tidy at the back, intercepting Pachuca passes and only putting his
foot wrong one or two times. Leon Osman looked adequate on the
right flank and Kilbane and Gravesen were always involved but the
same could not be said for Carsley.
Kevin Campbell was quite inconspicuous in the first half and it
showed as his strike partner McFadden was all over the pitch
terrorizing Pachuca defenders. Pachuca equalised just before
half-time as OctavioValdez Martinez, the right winger, slashed
through the heart of Everton’s defense, losing Alan Stubbs and
Gravesen in the process and his low shot went past Martyns right.
Everton made one substitution upon the start of the second half,
Peter Clarke coming in for Tony Hibbert. Campbell then made his mark
on the game eleven minutes after the restart with a fine header off
a Gravesen center to give Everton a 3-2 lead. Soon after,
Kilbane headed in a McFadden shot that was tipped by the keeper for
the 4-2 lead. Pachuca were then out of it after that.
Marcus Bent and Nick Chadwick got into the action on the hour mark
for Gary Naysmith and Kevin Campbell respectively.
Gravesen with eleven minutes to go in the match produced the
finest set piece all game as his wickedly struck free-kick from the
top of the box, loaded with pace and swerve hit the crossbar and
bounced off with the Pachuca keeper looking on as a spectator.
Everton then finished off the game as Osman and Bent played a
one-two at the top of the box, Bent’s return was behind Osman but
came nicely to Chadwick who tucked it in to give Everton the 5-2
lead. Pachuca then applied some attacking pressure but Martyn
was up to task and the game ended 5-2 to the Toffees.
Live Commentary Report
The first live audio commentary for the 2004/5 season came from
the Reliant Stadium and while we Evertonians are experiencing one of
the most demoralising close-seasons in living memory (- although the
summer of 2001 wasn’t that great either with Smith leading us
nowhere and both Jeffers and Ball leaving), which made the previous
three pre-season friendlies extremely low-key affairs to me against
the background of a boardroom power-struggle and the ongoing Wayne
Rooney talks and rumours, I jumped at the chance to finally be able
to concentrate on matters on the pitch again.
Yes, the 8.30pm kick-off time in Houston, Texas meant 2.30am(!)
in The Netherlands but, despite having to be at work at 6 this
morning, I’d been waiting since that horrible afternoon at The
City Of Manchester Stadium back in May for my next ‘EFC
match-experience’ and nothing was going to stop me now. Not even
the look on my wife’s face when I told her about my plans, ‘cause
in the end this is what following The Toffees is all about for me-
apart from being able to go to about 4 or 5 games a season, I’m
sat behind my computer with a few beers on the table listening to
RadioEverton for all the other games.
So, after just 2 hours of sleep the alarm went off at 2.30am. For
a minute I thought ‘screw it’ but soon enough I was putting the
kettle on, tuned in to the match commentary and before I knew it I
was able to ‘celebrate’ a few Everton goals! Due to some
technical problems the commentary only started after James McFadden
had already put us into an early lead on 3 minutes, but Thomas
Gravesen added number two on 12 minutes from the penalty spot. No
‘dancing around the living room’- it was just a meaningless
pre-season friendly after all, but after not knowing whether to
curse Bill Kenwright or to frown at Paul Gregg’s media-campaign
the last few weeks I made sure I enjoyed every single one of our
goals last night.
Naturally, Pachuca got two goals back before half-time but I
couldn’t mind too much. This was a new experience to me, getting
up in the middle of the night to follow Everton. Unlike, I’m sure,
many other exiled Bluenoses all over the world who are used to these
mad hours. Already, we had scored twice which sort of justified my
midnight ‘escapade’ because, having supported Everton for 20
years now, I was fully prepared for us to have been played off the
park by The Mexicans or an uneventful 0-0 draw. As with everything
else concerning Everton FC though, I would have taken that on the
chin and not hesitate setting the alarm once more if we are ever
going to play in the middle of night again.
After the break is seemed to be all too easy for David Moyes’
team. Goals from Kevin Campbell, Kevin Kilbane and Nick Chadwick
secured a very welcome 5-2 win and I had just about 30 minutes left
to catch some before having to go to work. Needless to say I am dead
tired right now and won’t have much of a Friday night but-
honestly, it’s all worth it.
Rob van Dijk