FK Jablonec 0 - 1 Everton
Everton ramped up their pre-season preparations with a game against Czech side FK Jablonec, this afternoon in Austria. After a calm if dominant first half, Everton went ahead through Brendan Galloway off a Cleverley corner headed on by Mason Holgate.
The squad will be short a number of stars who are still on international leave after their efforts at the Euro2016 and the Copa America, missing this first run-out under new boss Ronald Koeman.
The starting line-up, generally with their squad numbers from last season except as noted in the text below, was:
Everton (First Half): Robles; Holgate, Gibson, Galloway, Baines; Davies Besic, Lennon; Mirallas, Dowell, Rodriguez.
The first chance came from Mirallas with a run in form the left but he could not keep it down. Jablonec, then attacked and won the first corner of the game that went behind. Davies (wearing #34) put in an excellent tackle down by the corner flag but Mirallas gave away a free-kick that saw Jablonec almost score.
Everton were content to pass the ball around and but ended up eventually with another corner to the Czechs that was headed over. Everton resorted to their calm possession game, building down the flanks but not creating a chance.
Mirallas was upended rather crudely but showed no annoyance, and the move ended with Kieran Dowell (#34) firing wide.
Besic rather petulantly gave away a free-kick wide left but there was a high kick that almost connected with Dowell in the defence. Gibson then clipped a nice ball over the top for Dowell who could not wrap his foot around he shot.
Better link-up play by Davies, Rodriguez and Lennon set up Besic for a shot from the edge of the area that flew over. Dowell's through-ball then fed Rodriguez but the keeper blocked it for a corner. There followed some good pressure with Mirallas fouled on a run outside the area. Baines curled in the free kick around the wall, forcing a fine save from Hruby in goal.
Jablonec almost scored at the other end, a header from a good cross hitting the bar.
Rodriguez and Dowell were trying to link up in attack but not getting much space against a strong defence. A Mirallas corner came to nothing.
Everton were finding it hard work to break forward through a massed defence, Gibson trying to play through balls but they were being effectively cut out. Besic showed that he could provide some resistance and did well to stop an attack down the wing but was called for his next challenge.
Good control form Davies saw Gibson try to pick out Leandro Rodriguez again with another probing ball that the keeper came out well for to prevent any score at the end of the first half, with Everton dominating possession 60% to 40%.
Ronald Koeman rang the changes for the second half:
Everton (Second-Half): Stekelenburg; Jones, Holgate, Galloway, Garbutt; Deulofeu, Grant, Cleverley, Oviedo; Niasse, Henen.
Everton withstood some early pressure after the break and Deulofeu sped down the wing, to release Niasse with a good cross but he was offside. Henen was showing some pace in support.
Everton continued to play possession football with the opposition backing off, forcing some long balls, one trapped well by Deulofeu. Niasse seemed to have a great opportunity but stumbled horribly over the ball.
Oviedo got down the left wing and put in a decent cross for Niasse that he did not move for. Cleverley then swung in a couple of corners, Galloway converting nicely at the far post after it was headed on well by Holgate.
Garbutt won another corner that Cleverley took short but the ball in was punched away. Oviedo then tried his luck from a long way out, straight at the keeper. Grant picked the ball and strode forward well but Deulofeu was blocked.
Niasse turned well in midfield and fed Garbutt but in the next move he was easily thwarted. The game stalled somewhat with a series of five throw-ins that ended with the Czech side firing well wide of the goal.
Niasse looked all legs as he stumbled past three defenders and whacked the ball onto the post! He then had another chance but twisted badly as he pulled the ball back rather than taking a shot.
Niasse was then active defending a corner, heading the ball away. Some head tennis in the Everton area from the next corner was ended when Stekelenburg took the ball out of the air.
Gethin Jones looked pretty solid down the Everton right. Henen also showed some good ball skills to make space for himself and feed Deulofeu, whose cross was too close to the keeper.
Jablonec were given a lot of space with Oviedo moving infield, a good cross ending in a missed header with Stekelenburg covering, as Jablonec piled on the pressure at the end, Everton needing to defend solidly.
A clearance relieved the pressure and Cleverley fed Niasse but the striker showed no ability to beat his man, with the final whistle coming soon after, to end a good run out for the blues in the beautiful mountain setting of the Montafon Valley.
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1 Posted 16/07/2016 at 14:02:13
I think the first half is not bad as we created a lot of unconverted chances.
The boys need to put their heart together and convert chances.
Goals win games, not chances created.
2 Posted 16/07/2016 at 14:18:41
4 Posted 16/07/2016 at 14:34:54
Niasse tripping over his own feet as he received the ball on the edge of the box with no-one anywhere near him sums up this disaster of a signing.
Three EFC flags on show for a behind-closed-doors game. ;)
5 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:17:44
Oh god. Here we go again.
6 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:19:30
7 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:20:42
8 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:35:36
Henen looked okay second half as they looked more composed.
Good performances overall too from Holgate, Galloway, Gethin Jones and Conor Grant with Oviedo standing out.
The less said about Niasse, the better.
9 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:49:23
Glad the Under-21 boys got game time. Hope to see all those players mentioned at some point this season.
11 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:52:54
12 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:59:59
13 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:12:39
Because the game was played at Sportplatz Golm (FC Schruns) which has a capacity of 3,000. There were fans there (not so closed doors).
Match also was filmed and shown on Dutch version of Fox Sports 2.
15 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:14:26
Followed a link offered on the live forum. Dutch Fox Sport2.
Commentary was fascinating, understood bugger all, apart from some bewildering remark about Romelu Lukaku and Fleetwood Town.
You heard it here first.
16 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:27:19
17 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:35:25
18 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:35:45
19 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:42:13
20 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:47:47
21 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:51:38
22 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:52:31
Hard to read too much into our first friendly but, if pushed:
Gibson looked like the top class footballer on show. I suppose coming up to fitness and speed doesn't really affect him.
Besic didn't impress. I'd love him to show more quality but he just doesn't have it.
Niasse likewise - he's a lively disaster of a footballer. If anyone wants to bet he'll make it at our level, I'll offer whatever you want to one. £13.5 million for a player you could replace off the parks.
Davies at right back looked really confident. Bags of energy that lad.
Baines quite subdued... ah well, it's preseason.
Leandro and Lennon anonymous... ah well, it's preseason.
Mirallas and Deulofeu bright but summed up a pre-season game (not much to shout about).
Galloway looked very assured.
Dowell was lively enough. Couple of good efforts and a nice through-ball to Leandro.
I couldn't really pass comment on the rest but it was good to see Holgate; he wasn't particularly tested though.
Come to think of it, I didn't see Ronald once. Now the cameras were only on one side of the pitch (it was more training ground than stadium) but you'd expect a shot of him? Was he there?
23 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:54:28
24 Posted 16/07/2016 at 17:21:15
Personally I think Holgate looks a really good up-and-coming footballer, the boy seems to have a nice touch and really understands what's in front of him. I have high hopes for this kid.
I didn't read too much in to the game really; Niasse hit the post in the second half but still looks like a clumsy overly energetic circus juggler. I can't see this lad improving EFC... maybe a season or five out on loan, who knows.
But still a winning start for Mr Koeman.
25 Posted 16/07/2016 at 17:31:27
26 Posted 16/07/2016 at 17:33:20
He joined us at a time when he was in effect in the pre-season stage and at a time when the whole team was playing poorly. Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying the lad's the next Kanchelskis, but I would love it if he proved his doubters wrong and became a useful member of the team.
Today's match really was just about fitness and getting back into the swing of things, hence having it played behind closed doors. I didn't see the match and accept that he may not have shined, but surely we all want the £13.5m the club spent to end up being a good investment, no?
27 Posted 16/07/2016 at 17:35:29
28 Posted 16/07/2016 at 18:02:19
29 Posted 16/07/2016 at 18:11:35
Henen and Rodriguez were quite anonymous but got little service although Gibson tried to play some good balls for Rodriguez first half. Mirallas looked like a man with a point to make...
30 Posted 16/07/2016 at 18:48:25
I somehow suspect that if the likes of Steve Walsh takes over responsibility for foreign scouting, slightly more research may go into recruitment in future!
31 Posted 16/07/2016 at 18:50:40
32 Posted 16/07/2016 at 18:57:36
33 Posted 16/07/2016 at 18:59:20
He must have something that persuaded the club he was worth making our 2nd most costly player ever...
34 Posted 16/07/2016 at 20:11:07
Trust Ronald Koeman to make the decision and move him on if necessary.
35 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:11:51
Sounds better than a laptop, Ray!
Who was MotM, guys?
36 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:22:00
Seeing the report, it seemed we were under some pressure at times and little was heard of Mirallas and Deulofeu, it all sounded very familiar and not a real confidence booster, friendly or not. Or is it just me???
37 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:31:56
Sadly, given todays display, I reckon that Fleetwood would be shitting breeze-blocks at the prospect of Niasse making them a half-time brew. God help the lad, he looks genuinely terrified when he gets possession. I wish that I could attempt to raise a laugh on the matter, but that would just feel bloody cruel.
38 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:38:27
Nope, the Blues in the "Beer garten" remarks were far more interesting than any performances by the players on the pitch.
But! According to quite a few TW'ers, the two "fitties" running the lines were the highlight of the afternoon.
39 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:39:52
40 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:42:49
41 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:54:18
ps: There were a few closeups of Ronald Koeman (looking at his watch as if he couldn't wait for final whistle!) towards the end!
42 Posted 16/07/2016 at 22:07:37
43 Posted 16/07/2016 at 22:10:01
The "Behind Closed Doors", seemed to have more in common with an "After Hours Session" then, judging by the fact that Gibbo didn't reappear after half-time and the "BeerGarten Jocularity" got ever closer to drowning out the Dutch commentary, one must naturally conclude that a relaxed time was enjoyed in the Austrian sunshine, "Mit einem oder zwei Glas Österreich feinsten".
Given Niasse's display, I'd very seriously doubt that we could swap the lad for a set of Senegalese face masks (see Phil Walling regarding the current exchange rate for such artefacts).
44 Posted 16/07/2016 at 22:44:14
You know when you hear about players who apparently do great things in training? Well, this game was like a training session. It was even played at what looked like a training complex. So no pressure at all and he was still stumbling over the ball.
I'd love him to do well but I've never been more convinced about a player than I am with Niasse. We need to sell before other teams see him play more games.
45 Posted 16/07/2016 at 23:00:09
I don't think he was scouted at all certainly not by Martinez... but not even Martinez was dumb enough to buy a player who can barely tie his shoe laces by the looks of it, for a whopping £13.5M!!!
No, sorry definitely something fishy about this deal... Who knows... maybe a tax write-off or a favor to a certain Russian steel magnet?
Remember, folks, we support one of the most secretive clubs in the land!!!
46 Posted 16/07/2016 at 23:10:21
47 Posted 16/07/2016 at 23:13:33
The player sadly looked out of his depth, but I was very disappointed by his lack of willingness to work for the team. We are expecting more from the outlay. The stumble at the edge of the box under no pressure, when a shot was there for the taking, was dreadful.
Agree with Ernie's fair assessment of the game and performances. Tom Davies is looking like a player, strong and ready to go.
48 Posted 16/07/2016 at 23:36:49
31 Kieran Dowell, up from 51
34 Tom Davies, up from 46
I expect these will be their new numbers for this season, with Marteen Stekelenburg wearing 22, Steven Pienaar's old number.
49 Posted 17/07/2016 at 00:15:07
I thought Rodriguez was very poor first half, as were most of the players except Gibbo.
Still, it was only a training exercise!!
50 Posted 17/07/2016 at 00:25:19
At a time we weren't exactly spoilt for choice for 'footballing' footballers, Gemmill and Hutchinson were the best.
Perhaps you meant to say Mark Pembridge?
51 Posted 17/07/2016 at 00:37:22
52 Posted 17/07/2016 at 01:08:19
53 Posted 17/07/2016 at 09:15:53
Surely he'd want to take a look at him?
54 Posted 17/07/2016 at 09:36:35
Is he still injured?
Harold Matthews likened him to Pele in his view, and Harold certainly had an eye for a player.
55 Posted 17/07/2016 at 09:48:18
56 Posted 17/07/2016 at 10:37:49
Colin, I think that players like Gemmill and, dare I say it, Osman would be excellent players in today's game if they were say 22. There is more protection for talented players than there was 20 or even 10 years ago.
57 Posted 17/07/2016 at 10:52:17
But that's just my opinion.
58 Posted 17/07/2016 at 11:01:33
They were dark times.
59 Posted 17/07/2016 at 12:27:57
But some last exhibits for your consideration Colin;
I'll think the term you are looking for is 'unblivbl tekkrz'
60 Posted 17/07/2016 at 13:38:57
However, there is a lot of skill and youth at Everton now and it remains to be seen if Big K can get a Leicester-like symmetry with them.
61 Posted 17/07/2016 at 14:20:34
62 Posted 17/07/2016 at 23:24:44
It looked like the ground of a local village side, the type of grounds I used to play on in my lowly playing days. Nice to see a lot of the young lads getting a run out.
For what it's worth I thought Gemmell was a decent player certainly not the worst I've seen wearing blue. All things considered, I thought he was good considering the side he was playing.
Who remembers Li Tie play a few games in that team? I saw a few games when he first signed, he didn't have a bad range of passing in the games I saw, but it didn't really happen for him at Everton.
63 Posted 18/07/2016 at 13:19:28
The players missing from the Austria/Spain trips that you would have thought would have gone: Tyias Browning, Joe Williams, Delial Brewster, Courtney Duffus, Tyrone Duffus, Sam Byrne & Jack Bainbridge.
Both the Duffus's & Tyias were injured in the later part of last season so maybe they were left at home for further rehabilitation. Delial Brewster & Joe Williams I thought would have been involved in one or the other trips.
Niasse was total crap in the game although he did try. In Russia he played a lot on plastic pitches so maybe that is the total of his game. Looks like being loaned back to Russia.
Mason Holgate & Brendan Galloway look to be the future centre-back pairing, both looked very comfortable. Davies, Dowell & Gibson had good first halves. Leandro looked short of matches, so did Mirallas. The others did okay.
Stekelenburg's positioning in the second half shows why we bought him. Not afraid to go for the ball & tall. Gethin Jones played well, as did Oviedo. Garbutt had some nice touches on left of midfield, so did David Henen on the other side. Conor Grant looked very solid, Deulofeu tried hard but not much came off. Cleverley was almost as bad as Niasse.
The best thing to come out of this was a clean sheet. The defence held out.
64 Posted 18/07/2016 at 13:46:59
They hit the bar. A couple of inches lower and the mood might have changed.
65 Posted 18/07/2016 at 14:34:35
67 Posted 19/07/2016 at 10:39:05
68 Posted 19/07/2016 at 11:45:28
"Two David Milners, there's only two David Milners..."
Dave M #63 (whichever one you are) - thanks for the report. Or is nobody else talking to you so yo're reporting to talking to yourself?
Seriously, I liked the report.
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