Barnsley 0 - 3 Everton
Phil Jagielka's hamstring flare-up means he missed out along with John Stones
Everton started their preseason game at Oakwell with a number of youngsters in the side. Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Kieran Dowell and Brendan Galloway all got a chance to impress new manager Ronald Koeman.
John Stones and Club captain Phil Jagielka miss out with knocks, while Romelu Lukaku is still on leave.
Barnsley kicked off and got the ball forward but Galloway covered it well. The home side pressed again but Everton got possession and a great ball from Davies found Deulofeu who set up Mirallas for an early shot on goal.
Everton were starting to move the ball around nicely, with Davies looking sharp and Besic getting forward. But Barnsley looked to deny the visitors space. Hammill fouled Mirallas and got a talking to from the ref. Mirallas casually lashed in a superb delivery to open the scoring from the set piece.
Barnsley got a corner from which they hit the post, then a cross was headed wide by Winnall. But another sharp Everton attack saw Dowell feed Deulofeu and his shot was tipped wide. Mirallas's corner was overhit.
It was fairly competitive, with Besic unyielding in his desire to take on the opposition, who won another corner off Galloway. Robles pulled off a good save to keep out the long shot from Yaidom.
Deulofeu tried to curl a clever attempt past Adam Davies in the Barnsley goal, but it was parried behind, with no-one challenging for the ensuing corner. A poor backpass saw Robles lose the ball behind for an unforced corner.
Galloway was solid in breaking down a persistent Barnsley attack to regain possession and almost released Deulofeu. Some scrappy work from Holgate and then Gibson put the blues defence under some pressure but it was relieved yet Deulofeu got double-teammed.
Hammill did well to cross to the far post where Yaidom had half a chance coming in. Lennon and Deulofeu were struggling to connect under some lively pressure from the Tykes, who were whipping in some good crosses for Everton to defend.
The game became quite scrappy as the tempo dropped, and mistakes started to mar the play after the half-hour. A good long throw needed firm hands from Robles, who almost messed up on the edge of his area. Barnsley won another corner, Hourihane swinging it well into the danger area.
Besic played a great ball forward for Deulofeu who danced in on goal from the right but his lay back was deflected away from Dowell. At the other end, Robles had to be alert to save from Lee.
The first half ended with Barnsley again coming close, Galloway clearing off the line.
Barkley, Funes Mori and Coleman came on but took time to settle, and Winnall almost beat Robles with a free header. Barkley fed Deulofeu well but the Spaniard stumbled over the ball and a great chance was lost. Better movement saw a nice cutback for Lennon whose shot was deflected wide.
Gibson picked out Barkley and gave him a run into the area but the cross was delayed from Ross and he was tackled. A great piece of play by Deulofeu deserved a goal but he curled his shot just wide of the post. Winnall got himself booked after a poor challenge on Funes Mori.
Barkley played another great ball for Deulofeu, who kept it simple this time and slotted past Davies for the second Everton goal. That signalled mass changes in the line-up, which caused a lull in the tempo as they settled in.
Conor Grant was well involved in the middle of the team, doing well to resist some spirited stuff from Barnsley, with a couple of shots going narrowly wide.
Lennon danced in nicely and played a direct ball to Barkley's feet inviting him to turn his man and lash in a wonderful strike for the third goal. Tremendous stuff from a hopefully rejuvenated Ross Barkley.
Barkley and then Coleman tried their luck from distance, firing over. Tom Cleverley was unrecognizable, playing with skill, speed and precision. Shani Tarashaj was also doing well to show some decent skill and desire. McGeady, however, looked just the same, getting a great ball from Barkley, only to lash it over wastefully.
All-in-all, a fine display from the Everton players in front of 2,106 Evertonians in a crowd of 7,410. They performed well for the new manager who is demanding a higher standard of play than most of them have been used to...
Scorers: Mirallas (9'), Deulofeu (60'), Barkley (73').
Barnsley: Davies, Yiadom, Roberts, Mawson, White (85' Evans), Hammill, Moncur, Hourihane, Lee, Bradshaw, Winnall.
Subs: Townsend, (46' Bree) Scowen, Nyatanga, Watkins, Payne, Tuton, Evans, D-Almeida.
Everton: Robles, Davies (46' Coleman), Holgate (83' Pennington), Galloway (46' Funes Mori), Baines (61' Oviedo), Lennon, Gibson (61' Grant), Besic (61' Cleverley), Mirallas (61' Tarashaj), Dowell (46' Barkley), Deulofeu (61' McGeady).
Subs: Stekelenburg, Garbutt.
Referee: Peter Bankes
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1 Posted 23/07/2016 at 14:28:16
At least Gareth Barry was seen talking to Ronald even if he hasn't ventured onto the pitch.
2 Posted 23/07/2016 at 14:50:31
£3.99 isn't bad, but free is better!
6 Posted 23/07/2016 at 15:54:23
7 Posted 23/07/2016 at 16:03:48
8 Posted 23/07/2016 at 16:14:10
Watching on a live stream and the announcers just said no gimmes for Everton this pre-season. Barnsley and MK Dons? If they aren't expected victories then Everton are in big trouble.
9 Posted 23/07/2016 at 16:33:17
10 Posted 23/07/2016 at 16:34:28
11 Posted 23/07/2016 at 16:54:31
Very impressed with Barkley's cameo. Mirallas and Geri were good too, whilst Tarashaj looks a bundle of tricks.
Robles is not a No 1. Can't command his box.
12 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:04:31
13 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:07:20
14 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:07:24
The rest didn't stand out at all but as expected McGeady was poor and Galloway's concentration continues to be a concern.
15 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:11:26
McGeady, as we already knew, is finished in an Everton shirt. I wish him well but he has no place even competing for a place on the bench.
One person who will be warming the bench come August 13th is Robles. He lacks the confidence and command to be our Number 1.
The team however, played with more confidence than I've seen in years. Quick incisive passing, lots of one-touch stuff with no fucking around at the back. Gerry will be deployed as a striker from now on I suspect which explains McGeady's inclusion (to confirm he isn't a ready-made replacement for the right wing).
Barkley was head and shoulders above everyone else and one suspects on that evidence the England Euro fiasco only encouraged him to kick on. Classy Everton performance all round. So far so good, Mr Koeman.
17 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:15:17
Great comments from Koeman about wanting to see balls played forward and not back to the keeper. Interesting comments form Tom Davies about being asked to play right back.
18 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:16:50
19 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:30:40
20 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:45:37
Good for the boys.
Congrats but you can still do better.
22 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:11:08
I really hope Ross can kick on this season and by the end we'll be talking of him as a player of the season. Martinez and that charlatan of a former England manager were guilty of grossly mis-managing Ross (amongst a lot of other things).
That he didn't get thrown into the mixer purely for his skill and shooting against Iceland when we looked hopeless still leaves me in disbelief.
23 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:21:21
When Hodgson didn't use him against Slovakia, that was his tournament over. I'm sure Ross felt vindicated on his resignation. On the evidence of today I'm sure the Barnsley players reminded Ross of Woy's blindness after the full-time whistle.
Bobby's mistake with Ross was allowing him to take as long as he wanted on the ball. Koeman's philosophy of quick movement and high tempo football will bring out the best in Ross.
24 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:33:37
25 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:33:52
26 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:38:44
27 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:42:47
That said, I know enough about our squad right now to say I would feel so much more relaxed if there was the option of a couple of physically imposing, hard-case centre-halves.
Just a pair of big, fit, determined scary bastards who could get their heads on the majority of balls into our box.
Not that results in these friendlies make any difference, but it's true to say we could (should?) have so easily conceded at least two goals in both games from crosses/corners.
It's always been incredibly physical in that box when you've got big muscular strikers and (opposing) centre-halves looking to get on the end of balls and right now, I don't believe we have what we need to combat that particular threat.
28 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:43:15
No the coaching team have made him wear boxing gloves to give his wrist a rest.
29 Posted 23/07/2016 at 19:11:17
30 Posted 23/07/2016 at 19:12:21
Never stopped me!!!
31 Posted 23/07/2016 at 19:33:24
32 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:02:42
33 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:03:12
34 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:05:50
35 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:06:24
I heard that Barry had a slight knock so wasn't risked but it does look like Koeman has susssed the squad pretty quickly and the other two are on their way, and hopefully McGeady with them.
Good to hear we played with more energy and pace; early signs encouraging.
36 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:13:34
Michael K, what did young Tom Davies say?
37 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:17:40
38 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:29:35
39 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:33:26
40 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:57:58
41 Posted 23/07/2016 at 21:01:21
That he'll be played less makes sense and is likely. But why get rid of him?
42 Posted 23/07/2016 at 21:05:09
43 Posted 23/07/2016 at 21:34:53
We also need Lukaku back, obviously, and a decent backup for him because I don't think Deulofeu really cuts it as a striker despite his goal. And play Davies where he wants to play in midfield. Wasted at right back.
I had a great afternoon anyway and feel positive about the new season. A couple of high-calibre signings would just do nicely now!
44 Posted 23/07/2016 at 22:01:11
45 Posted 23/07/2016 at 22:08:31
46 Posted 23/07/2016 at 22:39:37
D'you know those plastic bucket type things dogs wear round their necks when they've had an operation? When I was fourteen, I had one of those on my right wrist. To save my sight, apparently.
47 Posted 23/07/2016 at 22:54:50
Great to see the lads passing it about whenever possible but not above a ball into the channel to mix things up. Let's not forget this was the regular Barnsley side against a team of Blues who can't be that used to playing together. I thought Deulofeu up front was an interesting tactic, and three pretty inexperienced defenders acquitted themselves pretty well (remember the nightmare Jags and Stones had at Oakwell a year ago).
As other posters have said, Robles has a fair bit to do to convince as a No 1, while Barkley was extremely impressive, his goal fitting the "worth the admission money" profile.
One final point - took my 4-year-old son to his first Blues game today. He wasn't hugely into the match but enjoyed the atmosphere and watched a fair bit of it. But his highlights were the lads behind us who shared their chips with him and chatted during the game, and the two little Blues who had a half-time kickabout with him. Thanks everyone for welcoming him into the Blue family. Classic Everton class.
Roll on the season proper.
48 Posted 23/07/2016 at 23:37:20
First thing to say was that Barnsley gave us a very good match – thank you. So did the players look like they were trying, doing well, any different to the way they had become in the last two years? Quite definitely. The Moyes team – good earners – were released to play in the first season with Martinez, but nothing happened after that. Decline set in.
I don't think this is a false dawn with this bloke. Hard-headed, a winner. Mirallas playing as he should, Gerard putting the fear of god into (very decent) defenders, and Ross doing a sort of circus act with menace are stand-out details. But there was a lot more to it than that. Set-backs to come, of course; you won over 2000 Evertonians there, and loads more of us on-line today boss.
ps – I feel sorry for Ossie. Played out of position for years by Moyes, Martinez eventually realised that he should be playing up around the box. Had he been a few years younger he would have been out there today performing with the best of them.
49 Posted 23/07/2016 at 23:51:10
I'm shocked you never sent a link for two big scary bastard centre-halves you're right like we do need a couple.
50 Posted 24/07/2016 at 01:21:33
Del in a more central roll, Miralas given another chance, Tarashaj and Dowell giving the youthful buzz around the team, and Mori given his first run out after a lot of game time and travelling with his country.
All in all a great day for the lads.
51 Posted 24/07/2016 at 06:06:44
52 Posted 24/07/2016 at 09:08:16
It was only Barnsley we played and the results don't really matter at this stage of the preparations, let Koeman get the team and squad ready in his own way he at, the very least, seems to know and understand football, which makes me more comfortable about the way the club is going.
53 Posted 24/07/2016 at 09:44:48
Whilst long balls played into the box should be easy enough for a big strong dominant figure at the back to deal with, I just feel both fullbacks and wide midfielders can do alot more to close the space and stop danger before it happens.
54 Posted 24/07/2016 at 09:54:01
55 Posted 24/07/2016 at 10:38:50
Martins-Indi, De Vrijj, Williams or Van Dijk would be just fine.
56 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:27:31
57 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:29:16
58 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:32:09
59 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:36:45
60 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:38:57
61 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:49:43
62 Posted 24/07/2016 at 12:41:14
Barnsley put in 5 or6 ordinary wide high crosses that could or should have scored. At least half dozen PL standard strikers would have buried them.
Last season our full backs allowed wide attackers far too much space and time.
Against Barnsley it was the same old problem.
Koeman had better get it sorted and quick or our hopes will suffer.
63 Posted 24/07/2016 at 13:02:56
64 Posted 24/07/2016 at 13:07:42
65 Posted 24/07/2016 at 13:32:47
I saw a photo of the coaches yesterday and they looked like a mean bunch of sods. I hope they can instill that attitude into our nice bunch of lads.
66 Posted 24/07/2016 at 15:45:30
Nice goals from the lads yesterday I can see all three scoring for fun this season! Always an optimist and always a blue! COYB!
67 Posted 24/07/2016 at 17:28:52
68 Posted 24/07/2016 at 18:03:00
Looking back in hindsight we were a shambles last season. We could, and did, score goals but our MF and defence were a mess. Injuries played a part as we never had a settled team and Roberto didn't help himself with his playing players out of position and out of form.
69 Posted 24/07/2016 at 18:18:03
Thats your prerogative but you cant deny the number of times the opposition got in behind Galloway.
OK he recovered to make a challenge in most of them but in the Prem he would have been skinned.
He has also had a poor run in the reserves where his concentration in particular was being questioned.
I think the lad has ability but needs a lot more awareness and concentration before he can be considered for the first team.
By contrast Holgate (who I consider to be the lesser player) was a model of consistency reading the game well and making a number of good interceptions and passes.
70 Posted 24/07/2016 at 18:47:03
Leave it to the manager, he was a star defender, after all !
71 Posted 24/07/2016 at 19:33:57
A great result guys and I hope to see us ramp up our quality as we play ever higher quality of opponent. I look forward to a slow improvement next season, hopefully good signings that will improve the squad but even more so, the blooding in of our promising youngsters into the squad.
Nobody can win anything with kids Hansen said about MU and he was wrong and this route is far more credible for Everton given the stupid prices being quoted for rubbish players. I will respect Everton for not overpaying for the rubbish that is available just now. There is value and we will find it.
72 Posted 24/07/2016 at 19:34:33
73 Posted 24/07/2016 at 20:07:22
74 Posted 24/07/2016 at 20:30:50
75 Posted 24/07/2016 at 20:47:14
76 Posted 24/07/2016 at 20:49:42
77 Posted 24/07/2016 at 20:55:47
78 Posted 24/07/2016 at 20:58:17
I cant agree with your conclusion at all.
Martinez had Coleman and Baines pushing up over the halfway line and Barry and McCarthy coming back to pick the balls up from the back 4.
Needless to say this tactic is very easily sussed out and teams were able to push forward on the break and get in the space behind the full backs and exploit the back 4.
Stones, Jagielka and Funes Mori were regularly pulled out of position by trying to cover the full backs. In other words, chaos ruled. It was never like that under Moyes.
You watch the difference under Koeman with some evidence of it at Barnsley, even though quite a few of the kids were playing. There was a more assured comfort about our play.
79 Posted 24/07/2016 at 21:00:11
80 Posted 24/07/2016 at 21:07:20
81 Posted 24/07/2016 at 21:10:36
82 Posted 24/07/2016 at 21:11:31
83 Posted 24/07/2016 at 21:57:51
I'm talking about the first 20 or so games when we were still scoring - the team got worse when Martinez tried to do something about it as he was so out of his depth.
84 Posted 24/07/2016 at 22:22:04
The goal Everton conceded against Watford (away) in the last seconds of the first half was down again to poor defending. Nothing whatsoever to do with playing high up the field and getting 'caught out.'
85 Posted 24/07/2016 at 22:39:38
86 Posted 25/07/2016 at 00:52:12
No instead he said he does not believe in admonishing players who make mistakes and he doesnt believe in clean sheets.
Any clues there for you as to who was responsible for the 3rd best defence in the country to become a shambles.
Please just give RK a chance and you will see a major difference in those players especially Stones if he stays.
87 Posted 25/07/2016 at 01:30:05
In the old days, 'little teams' got pasted, but nowadays not so much due to their better preparation, fitness, orginisation etc, aka, 'Good Habits'. These are the things that you can do something about.
Yes I know there were always cup upsets and giant killers but that usually said more about the beaten team than the winners.
By the time of the Chelsea 3-6 result early in the 2nd season, Martinez had coached all the Moyes out of the team, aka 'Bad Habits'...and we all know that bad habits are easier to form than to get rid of.
Koeman's had them for a couple of weeks, we're not going to thrash Spurs with our new found brand of Total Football...or what ever it is that Koeman will instil into them...I also don't see them thrashing us either, before people accuse me of defeatism.
It's going to take a lot of work and repetitive practice until Defending becomes, once again, 2nd nature.
As somebody never said; Rome wasn't burnt in a day.
88 Posted 25/07/2016 at 17:55:51
That free kick ?
FFS, he can be a right sparkly pink Princess. But, he can play football.
He can play football at terrifying pace.
An undervalued lad called Vardy did that last season with an easily dismissed club. Be careful what you wish for ? Be even more careful with all that you dismiss.