Andy Johnson was mysteriously absent for this one, fuelling
speculation that a move to Fulham was imminent. Lots of kids in
the squad again as Everton await the return of numerous holiday-makers
and injury recoveries, with no new signings still, and less than a month
before the big kick-off.
Most of the real action was confined to a two-minute spell inside the
first 10 minutes and it was all about young starlet Jose Baxter.
First he struck a lovely free-kick that smacked into the angle.
Then, he swung in a superb corner with excellent technique, giving
Jagielka a nice opportunity to open the scoring with a good header from
the middle of the area.
And that was it really. Andy van der Meyde looked good again against
the lower league competition, and even did a bit of defending.
Jack Rodwell once again looked competent and confident on the ball.
Gosling made his first Everton appearance of the pre-season and was
seriously unimpressive. Arteta came on for a short spell in the second half to continue his
gentle rehabilitation after stomach/groin surgery.
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