Everton win first pre-season game in Dar-es-Salaam

Thursday 13 July 2017  115 Comments  [Jump to last]
Gor Mahia 1 - 2 Everton

Everton won the first game of pre-season against the SportPesa Super Cup winners in Dar-es-Salaam, with brilliant goals from Waynne Rooney and Kieran Dowell.

Ronald Koeman choose from a squad of 25 and select Wayne Rooney for his first game since returning to his boyhood club. Two new signings made their first starts the Blues, as Davvy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney were named in the first-half line-up.

Rooney kicked off for Everton a little behind schedule after lots of photos, but no coverage for Blues watching online as the stream from the stadium was down.

Rooney came close in the opening minutes but the ball was scrambled away. The Blues, playing in their light grey second strip were a little sluggish and sloppy as the game got going.

Everton got a free-kick but Rooney overhit it harmlessly through to the keeper.

After nearly 40 minutes of relatively slow play, a stunning goal from Wayne Rooney, who picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, turned and picked out the top left corner with consummate ease, a little reminiscent of that goal against Arsenal at Goodison Park all those years ago! But 2 mins later it was 1-1 as Meddie Kagere powered in a header from a corner.

After changing out the 11 after half-time, Everton looked more lively in attack, kiran Dowell finally finding the net after numerous attempts had been thwarted by some excellent last-ditch goalkeeping for the Kenyans.

Everton (1st half): Stekelenburg, Kenny, Connolly, Jagielka, Williams, Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Lennon, Klaassen, Lookman, Rooney.

Everton (2nd half): Hewelt, Pennington, Baines, Keane, Besic, Barry, Gana, Davies, Dowell, Mirallas, Calvert-Lewin.

Gor Mahia: O Bonface (Onyango); Nizigiyimana, Haron, Mohamed, Godfrey, Ernest, E Bonface, Kenneth, Kagere, Jacques, Georgeick

 

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 13/07/2017 at 14:36:57
Interesting side, with a mix of youth and experience. Great to see 3 of the U20 World Cup winners given a run out. Let's hop Kenny impresses and makes the right back slot his own.

Shame its' not closer to home, as I bet Lennon would get a great reception.

Ary Lima de Moraes
2 Posted 13/07/2017 at 14:42:13
Good to see our young side back. Koeman probably wants to know If we'll need backup.
Andrew Keatley
3 Posted 13/07/2017 at 14:45:52
Looks like Rooney up front. Good.
Jay Wood
4 Posted 13/07/2017 at 14:46:03
Pleased (as Dave Abrahams will no doubt be!) that both Kenny AND Connolly are picked in the starting XI at full backs.

Nice to see Aaron Lennon starting, too.

Derek Knox
5 Posted 13/07/2017 at 14:53:13
Yes, looking forward to watching this via the Everton TV link, hope it is working!

I don't expect miracles, but want to see a more cohesive team.

Wai Kin Low
6 Posted 13/07/2017 at 14:55:47
Anyone has a link (besides evertontv) so I can watch the stream online?
Brent Stephens
7 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:03:42
I'm not getting a feed yet from EFC site.
Michael Kenrick
8 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:05:26
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Brent Stephens
9 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:07:14
I've logged off and now can't log back in again – error message.
Richard Murray
10 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:09:57
Same problems with EvertonTV. Absolutely useless.
Chris Williams
11 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:15:15
Went in as member. Can't get in. Fucking shambles.

Tried several times.

It is to be hoped they get this lot sorted before the season starts.

Brent Stephens
12 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:16:52
Not even on radio, where the pictures are best.
Alex Parr
13 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:18:05
Same problem as above. Wouldn't let me watch it, then I logged out thinking it might be some error and it wont let me back in.

Server Error in '/' Application.

EDIT - now I've logged in, and I'm in a 'waiting room'...

Brent Stephens
14 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:20:00
Now logged in again but waiting for picture – getting that continuous circling arrow . Bastards.
Alex Parr
15 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:20:45
Now this... absolute shambles.

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Mark Riding
16 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:29:21
Link on Offside Forum. Just saying like.
Brent Stephens
17 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:31:28
https://www.kenyamoja.com/tv/ktnlive/
Jay Wood
18 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:40:09
ROOOOONNNNNEEEEEYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark Riding
19 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:40:41
25 yards. Top corner. LOL.
Soren Moyer
20 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:43:08
1-1 now.
Barry Jones
21 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:49:33
Just saw the goal: Goalkeeper off his line a bit, but a great spot and strike from Rooney nevertheless.
Mark Tanton
22 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:54:15
Remember the name!
Jay Wood
23 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:57:55
Rooney's goal was more around the 30-35 yard mark. Bit of similarity to his very first Everton goal all those years ago against Arsenal, the way he turned, looked up and shaped his foot to 'place it' (yes! from 30-35 yards) into the top corner to the 'keeper's right. No great power, just great technique and placement.

Dozy marking for their equaliser from a corner, but a well placed angled header.

Chris Williams
24 Posted 13/07/2017 at 15:58:10
Finally got access at about 40-minute mark.

Nice goal by Rooney!!!

Phil Malone Jnr
25 Posted 13/07/2017 at 16:13:41
I was thinking Calvert-Lewin might have an impact, but looking at Gor Mahia, they are the equivalent of a League Two team... so, this might be a step too far for him.
Jay Wood
26 Posted 13/07/2017 at 16:15:27
Completely different XI for the 2nd half.

Hewelt, Pennington, Baines, Keane, Besic, Barry, Gana, Davies, Dowell, Mirallas, Calvert-Lewin.

Interestingly, Besic is playing centre back alongside Keane. And bringing the ball out well in the early stages of the 2nd half.

Geoff Trenner
27 Posted 13/07/2017 at 16:22:04
No Lukaku?
Joe Foster
28 Posted 13/07/2017 at 16:31:31
Great goal by Rooney.
David Currie
29 Posted 13/07/2017 at 16:32:08
Geoff (#27),

Lukaku is trying to control the ball in his training sessions in LA, the United players are getting to know the new boy.

Geoff Trenner
30 Posted 13/07/2017 at 16:42:26
David @29

Pretty sure that I just saw one of his 'controls' bounce past my window here in Somerset!

Dean Johnson
31 Posted 13/07/2017 at 16:43:01
Aye Besic centre-half... interesting!
Brent Stephens
32 Posted 13/07/2017 at 16:44:55
Cracker from Dowell!!!
Jay Wood
33 Posted 13/07/2017 at 16:46:45
What a goal, Kieran Dowell!

Nice ball into him by Tom Davies, but all Kieran's work after that. Great turn, great touch to set up a thumping strike.

Geoff Trenner
34 Posted 13/07/2017 at 16:49:10
Wayne's just got a mention on Radio 5Live news summary.
Michael Kenrick
35 Posted 13/07/2017 at 16:58:07
Love the way the clock just stops at 90:00 ... how does that work then?
Steve Cotton
36 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:01:25
Idrissa Gueye – MotM.
Brent Stephens
37 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:01:32
Love some of the Gor Mahia names – Godfrey, Ernest, Kenneth.
Geoff Trenner
38 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:03:05
I assume that Tanzania is not one of the African countries where it is illegal to be Gueye...
Ernie Baywood
39 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:09:08
Great interview with Dowell. Both speaking English, neither had a clue what the other was saying!
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
40 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:09:26
Michael – did you mean

"thwarted by some excellent last-ditch goalkeeping by the Kenyans".

No wonder we only scored 2 goals if they had more than one goalkeeper ;-)

It is only pre-season for us all. :-)

Jay Wood
41 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:09:54
Good work out.

Like others, frustrated by the poor match link 1st half so can't comment much, but the 2nd half team looked really good.

Two cracking goals, but a poor one conceded.

Andrew Keatley
42 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:10:22
Good workout, and two great goals.

Obviously it's only the first pre-season friendly but some promising signs – particularly from the second half team. Gana, Tom Davies, Kieran Dowell and Mirallas were all bright and energetic, and there was some clever work from Calvert-Lewin. Also thought Besic and Barry were excellent, with Keane, Pennington and Baines all solid.

From what I caught of the first half, Klaassen looked a bit off the pace, and the shape of the team was not as effective at moving the ball or creating space as the second-half team. On balance, Gor Mahia shaded the first 45, while we dominated the second half.

On another note, I'd love us to sign a new left-back – someone who has a bit more attacking abandon than the 32-year-old Leighton Baines. He has several good opportunities second half to either cross the ball or take on the defender and he seemed reticent to do it. Still a good player, but his attacking instincts are in decline and have been gradually falling off over the last couple of seasons.

Ernie Baywood
43 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:11:45
I got on about 25 minutes in. Really liked the look of Klaassen. Always busy and neat with the ball.
Mark Tanton
44 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:21:03
So do Klaassen, Gana and Schneiderlin potentially all fit in a midfield, or is two from those three? And then there's the Barkley/Sigurdsson dimension too.
Tony Waring
45 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:22:39
What a goal from Rooney – shades of Arsenal. Let's hope he can knock a few in when the real business commences.

Anyone know why Sandro didn't play? Maybe still getting over his Under-21 stint for Spain???

William Cartwright
46 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:23:01
Caught the last 30 minutes. No Sandro? Dowell and Gana all good, but Barry.... what a superb professional performance. COYB
Jay Wood
47 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:28:34
Pickford, Holgate and Sandro all given more time off following the recent ending of the U-21 tournament.
Andrew Keatley
48 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:28:45
I think all those who played in the Under-21 tournament – Pickford, Holgate and Sandro – were all given extra time off, making them unavailable for this trip to Tanzania.

Also felt that generally the players all dealt pretty well with a pitch that wasn't easy to play on (especially considering what they are all used to these days).

Kris Boner
49 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:29:21
Summer Internationals not involved as they have an extended break. Thus no Pickford and Sandro.
Andrew Keatley
50 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:30:00
Jay (#41 and #47),

Seems like I am living my life precisely 30 seconds behind yours!

Zahir Jaffer
51 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:32:52
Insipid first half. No real chances, aggression or pace. Few misplaced passes and Lukaku type touches.

Rooney's goal was alright, good to see him have a confidence boost but any top premier league keeper would have stopped that. Their goal was a good corner drill and we were on our heels.

They had a lot of pace to burn and were running circles around us; we were pushed into our own half for most of the first half.

Second half was quite the contrary to the first. Besic made runs from deep and was in complete confidence while on the ball. His mark on the field got the crowd going.

Gana was immense. Took over and controlled the midfield, played slick passes and was making crucial interceptions.

Keane was calm and composed, never pressured, nearly got an assist for Calvert-Lewin's goal but was incorrectly called offside.

Calvert-Lewin made an impression won a few 50-50's missed a one on one but was definitely a pest for the defenders who were constantly playing it out from the back.

Mirallas was good, played a one two with Dowell and set him up for a one-vs-one which Dowell missed. Otherwise a bit too much dribbling which didn't amount too much, needs a bit more movement off the ball too.

Baines lack of pace was showing but so was his experience and positioning. He was clearing and Tackling when needed.

Dowell played extremely well, unlucky to not score a hattrick. Set up Calvert-Lewin for a one on one which Calvert-Lewin miss controlled. hit the crossbar off a free kick which was squared on the ground towards him. scored a beauty a minute later.

Lookman, Gana, Besic, Dowell, McCarthy, Calvert-Lewin and Rooney all standout performers.

Also great to get a win in under our belt even if it's just pre-season.

Jay Wood
53 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:36:41
Sorry Andrew @ 50. Could you repeat that?
Andy Osborne
54 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:39:06
I believe the players that played in the U21 competition recently haven't returned to training yet. So that's Pickford, Holgate and Sandro. I'm looking forward to seeing all three of them in action.

I didn't see the game live, but have watch a few post-game YouTube clips. Rooney was quiet, didn't really do much, other than a 30 yard screamer of a goal. If that is the kind of contribution he will give this season, that's good enough for me. Anything more than 10 goals and I will be happy. 15 and I will be ecstatic.

It will be interesting to see the team of first-half performers alongside the second-half performers. I am really excited about the season that is only a few weeks away from starting. COYB

Kristian Boyce
55 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:41:51
Just a thought... how about saving £50m and just promote Dowell to the first team?
Dave Speed
56 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:44:38
The two goals brought back memories. .Rooney's, as was stated by Diamond, was "not dissimilar" to his own all those years ago against Arsenal. Dowell's was very Sheedy-like as it was like a bullet. Nice to win and a good workout against a team in-season and going for their title. Well done, Blues.

ps: Had to laugh when the interviewer asked him a question and Dowell said "Wha' was tha'?" He asked again and Dowell just described his goal because he didn't get it again! Priceless!

Tom Bowers
57 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:45:11
A win is a win in any language – especially when you use 11 subs. A "getting to know you" exercise only, with better warm-up games to come.
Brian Williams
58 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:49:29
Is it right that Tom Davies played with a number 8 on, and not his old number 26?
Neil Thomas
59 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:53:29
Does anyone know who set up Rooney with that goal because it was one hell of a piece of skill.
Jay Wood
60 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:56:32
All the goals and a little bit of the action:

Brian Wilkinson
61 Posted 13/07/2017 at 17:57:51
Eell that's two goals without a centre forward in the bag. Sandro and another forward to come into the team yet. Two different outfield teams, different work out for first friendly.

I think once up to speed, we will not be worry too much about where our 55 goals a season are going to come from.

Stan Schofield
62 Posted 13/07/2017 at 18:08:48
What a couple of cracking goals from Rooney and Dowell.
Brent Stephens
63 Posted 13/07/2017 at 18:09:14
Good to see we never tried to score a third goal as the game was already won once we scored the second. Anything more would have been an irrelevance.
Mike Gaynes
64 Posted 13/07/2017 at 18:25:36
And some lovely work from Lookman setting up Rooney.

Still don't think we need to sign a winger. Got one.

Frank Crewe
65 Posted 13/07/2017 at 18:27:43
A link that works:

http://www.espn.co.uk/football/everton/story/3157367/wayne-rooney-scores-stunner-in-first-friendly-back-with-everton

If he does this a few times this season, I'll be more than happy.

Jay Harris
66 Posted 13/07/2017 at 18:50:05
I thought Rooney, Kenny, Keane, Besic, Dowell, Calvert-Lewin all stood out.

I thought Schneiderlin and Klaassen looked well off the pace.

Two fabulous goals but one for them was disgraceful defending.

Andy Osborne
67 Posted 13/07/2017 at 18:51:44
Brian (#58). Yes, he wore the Number 8.
Steven Jones
68 Posted 13/07/2017 at 19:06:03
The shirt numbers were all over the place.
Brian Williams
69 Posted 13/07/2017 at 19:34:08
Thanks Andy. Wonder if that's a bit of a clue with regard to Ross?
Martin Mason
70 Posted 13/07/2017 at 19:40:14
Good performance against fair opposition but playing Rooney as a lone striker?

Good second half where all played well but a special mention for Gareth Barry, what a class act. I think we are going places but we must be patient; it may not be this season.

Geoff Lambert
71 Posted 13/07/2017 at 19:53:52
Any word from the OS as to why there was no coverage for the paying customers???

Went in to work with my son early today so we could finish in time to watch the game and nothing.

Steavey Buckley
72 Posted 13/07/2017 at 20:05:01
I will reserve my optimism for a brand new season when Everton out-play some really decent opposition.
Clive Rogers
73 Posted 13/07/2017 at 20:29:16
The transmission problems were at their end apparently.
Lewis Barclay
74 Posted 13/07/2017 at 20:29:51
I believe Lookman will be our most exciting player this season if he gets his chances (and takes them).
Tony Hill
75 Posted 13/07/2017 at 20:37:38
A year or so away from that, I think, Lewis, but I agree very much about his talent.
Mike Green
76 Posted 13/07/2017 at 20:40:48
Two belting goals. Rooney's has got to be a sign, hasn't it? It's just too similar to "that" goal... My daughter reckons he meant to do it for that reason – now that might be even weirder if he did! Quality strikes though, keep 'em coming lads. :)
Charlie Mccann
77 Posted 13/07/2017 at 20:44:18
Great to see two fantastic goals today and hopefully we came away without picking up any injuries. Second half was much better than the first with our control of possession well improved.

There were some really good performances today with Keane looking really composed in defence, Besic looked sharp bursting past players and Lookman did really well in the build up to Rooney's goal.

I would love to see Dowell get a run of games this season what a left foot! As you would expect a lot of the players looked very unfit. However there were a lot of positives to take from the match.

Really happy to see Rooney back in an Everton shirt! Hopefully a lot more goals to come from him too. Quite a few options now for Koeman. Let's hope he can manage to get the best out of this talented bunch of players.

Michael Kenrick
78 Posted 13/07/2017 at 20:46:57
The online feed came on and was really good quality for the entire second half, Geoff.

But the problems with getting the transmission going are really inexcusable if we are going to be that Big Club going forward. I know things can go tits up at the last minute, but really... Heads should roll!

John Pierce
79 Posted 13/07/2017 at 21:04:36
Stevie B, you know optimism is an unlimited quality right. You don't have to ration it!

There are massives cries of hypocrite as I type, but Wayne's goal kinda helped. 😃

Charlie Lloyd
80 Posted 13/07/2017 at 21:11:51
Michael @ 77,

The transmission issues were awful. I struggled to even log into the Everton TV site. When I did it asked me to pay for the game again. Managed to get through that but didn't get a picture until 60 minutes in, ironically by accounts the point in which we controlled the game and made chances.

£3.33 (I got the 3 game package) for 30 minutes action. I wonder if they'll offer me anything. I'm still waiting for a response.

Tony Hill
81 Posted 13/07/2017 at 21:23:37
The way Dowell moves on the pitch is so elegant sometimes, he has a lot of the requirements besides his shooting and touch. If only he could make himself more consistent and strong in matches.
Peter Mills
82 Posted 13/07/2017 at 21:53:13
Tony (#80), I've just logged on; your post is the only thing I've seen, and I've thought: "Hmm, replace the name 'Dowell' with "'Sheedy'!"
James Hughes
83 Posted 13/07/2017 at 21:53:19
Rooney back one week and we are main page of the BBC, his goal in the friendly game. Never know... we main join the media faves:

Link4

Dave Speed
84 Posted 13/07/2017 at 22:26:08
Peter (#81) read my earlier post (#56). I totally agree with you. If the 80s team made a place for Sheedy, then this team can do the same for Dowell.
Peter Mills
85 Posted 13/07/2017 at 22:46:05
I've just read your post Dave (#84). You were ahead of me!

There is always a place for class. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Kevin Sheedy at a lunch some years ago. He's a very pleasant guy. I teased him about taking a bit of stick from the crowd, he laughed and said, "A bit? It was loads, every week! But I never worried about it. I always knew I could hit one from 25 yards, or a free kick, or drop a cross onto someone's head. I never worried."

My opinion of Koeman is, first and foremost, he is a pragmatist but, after that, he wants to see class.

Nigel Johnson
86 Posted 13/07/2017 at 22:49:01
Well, left so frustrated was so looking forward to watching the blues play. Paid my money and let down nothing to see.

But I am grateful for all the reports that fans have put on here.

Seems like we are still short in some areas – A striker, centre back, Left back and a right-sided wide player needed.

Neil Thomas
87 Posted 13/07/2017 at 22:54:01
Great to see Rooney back in a Everton shirt and what a coincidence did anyone else think that strike was a carbon copy of his debut goal against Arsenal?
Martin Nicholls
88 Posted 13/07/2017 at 23:35:36
To all who talk of similarities between Sheeds and Dowell, after watching him several times in U23s, I agree!
Jamie Crowley
89 Posted 14/07/2017 at 02:56:54
Frank Crewe @64....

A big, big thank you from America for that link!

I couldn't watch the game or follow it – work ya know – so I logged on this evening to check the score and the TW reaction.

Clicked the link you posted and yelled to my 13- and 8-year-olds, "Boys! Rooney scored, come check this out!"

30-second ad for Fast and Furious number 562 GRRRRRRR

The highlight

All three of us simultaneously – OHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Sick goal. Thanks for helping a roof in America get blown off. Appreciated.

Paul Kossoff
90 Posted 14/07/2017 at 05:32:04
Sorry but who designed the kit, Lilly Savage?

It's horrible, it looks like Rooney's wearing those old Everton PJs he's had for years and the colour's faded because Colleen has washed them too much but they used to be blue!

Come on, Kings new suit here! I love Everton but this kit is bleeding horrendous! Surely no-one has bought this! No-one has, have they?

Brian Wilkinson
91 Posted 14/07/2017 at 06:17:56
If one thing can be learned from today's game, it is never write a player off.

Same happened when Barry signed; happening again with Rooney before he even kicked a ball on his return he was assigned to the not for me too slow, past his best, we need To go forward not be a retirement home.

For me he looks a lot slimmer, didn't get over played last season which is a big bonus and will bust a gut to try and win silverware for Everton.

Let's get behind the player and any others Ronnie sees fit to sign, the doom and gloom is over, out with the deadwood and in with a balance of class/ youth and experience. Just a little patience needed, and trust who Ronnie sees fit to come, regardless of price.

John Smith
92 Posted 14/07/2017 at 07:23:57
People complain about the wages Rooney is getting, but because of this one goal he scored, hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions around the world, are now Everton fans. Tee-shirt sales for Everton. Youngsters with class wanting to come here to our famed academy. You can't put a price on that.
Ian Hollingworth
93 Posted 14/07/2017 at 08:35:28
The home crowd cheered Rooney's goal, a fan invaded the pitch to hug him, all their players wanted pictures with Rooney.

BBC News (not BBC Sport) headline that Rooney mania grips Tazmania.

The countries vice president announce that he supported Man Utd because of Rooney but doesn't know what to do now he has joined Everton.

Oh and the boy scores a 30-yard belter.

Anyone still unsure about him signing?

Tony Cunningham
94 Posted 14/07/2017 at 09:04:12
John Smith (#95)... you say tee-shirt sales for Everton from all the new fans around the world... but only if they can get to one of two shops in Liverpool to buy them!
Nigel Munford
95 Posted 14/07/2017 at 09:13:08
Tony, never heard of online shopping?
Derek Knox
96 Posted 14/07/2017 at 12:15:14
Very disappointed with the link problems through the official site, I gather that some managed to get the second half. I gave up in frustration, but some kind TW'er posted a link for for Kenya moja, and that was fine.

I was quite impressed by the players in the second half, Dowell deserves to be included again, a lot on here, dismiss Gareth Barry, but I think he is a great pro, and his reading of the game brilliant, pity you couldn't teach that to the younger lads.

I don't know what is happening from the official site as regards refund for link, which didn't work.

All in all, a good work out, and some good PR with the Kenyans and Tanzanians.

Phil Jeffries
97 Posted 14/07/2017 at 12:17:48
Neil (#59) – It was Lookman. Tidy bit of skill indeed.
Dermot Byrne
98 Posted 14/07/2017 at 12:21:06
Just seen Dowell's goal. Beauty.
Tony Hogan
99 Posted 14/07/2017 at 14:12:06
Out of interest, does anyone know the attendance from this game, looked a good turn out.
Dan Nulty
100 Posted 14/07/2017 at 18:49:24
I know the opposition wasn't up to much but what I love most about the Rooney goal is exactly what he brings as opposed to Lukaku. Forget about the strike, watch as he turns the three players that run into space with an attacking intent. I don't think we'd have had three people running ahead of Rom last year and he wouldn't have looked up but driven straight towards the box and taken all the space.

This time Rooney hit it but there will be times when he knocks the ball into the path of anyone of those three.

Exciting.

Ron Marr
101 Posted 15/07/2017 at 01:11:27
In case you missed it, some nice skills from Lookman leading up to the goal:

Martin Nicholls
102 Posted 15/07/2017 at 07:03:45
Derek (#96) – patience! According to the OS "the Club is processing refunds" – I'm sure none of us is desperate for £3.33 anyway!
David Ellis
103 Posted 15/07/2017 at 08:53:13
Besic was playing as a centre back? Could this be a long-term plan? He has pace can distribute and would offset Keane nicely. But can he defend well enough?
Derek Knox
104 Posted 15/07/2017 at 10:32:50
Martin @102, agree totally, it's not the money, but the frustration of ensuring that you are in a strong Wi-Fi location, expectations running high, only to be dashed at zero hour.

Appreciate also, that it affected many of us, I just hope the tech/IT dept has learned from the experience, so as not to repeat it.

John Dean
105 Posted 15/07/2017 at 14:23:50
It would be fantastic to see the still young Wayne celebrate his goals this season not by raising his arms but by running joyously to his adoring fans and leaping like a salmon. And perhaps he could ride home on his Grifter.

Me, living in the past? No – Warrington.

Derek Knox
106 Posted 15/07/2017 at 14:45:58
John @105, sounds a bit fishy to me! :-)
Will Mabon
107 Posted 16/07/2017 at 00:25:56
"Out of interest, does anyone know the attendance from this game, looked a good turn out. "


Reported as 35,000 .

Colin Glassar
108 Posted 16/07/2017 at 09:07:07
Another excellent article in the MoS about the amazing impact this game has had on Africa and its football mad fans. We need to take advantage of this.
Eric Myles
109 Posted 16/07/2017 at 09:11:32
Nigel #95, have you seen the cost of the postage?

And then the import duty?

It doubles the price of a shirt.

Martin Nicholls
110 Posted 16/07/2017 at 09:11:34
Colin (#108) – just read it myself and agree with you.
Colin Glassar
111 Posted 16/07/2017 at 09:20:07
Africa is a vast, untapped market. I'd let the rest chase the money in the Far East, USA and Australia and concentrate on Africa and maybe India.
John G Davies
112 Posted 16/07/2017 at 09:44:56
Just read that article Colin. Huge potential in developing the club in a country with a rapidly increasing economy.

Taking Bolasie on the trip was great for the club and no doubt great for the player.

Rob Halligan
113 Posted 16/07/2017 at 09:45:29
I agree, Colin, although it's not as untapped as you think. Kenyans are mad about football and seem to know more than you think.

I've been to Kenya a couple of times, as well as Tanzania. Driving through Mombasa and Nairobi you see loads of fake replica shirts, and even some of the local buses are covered in club crests. These are nothing to do with any club PR though, so it would be ideal to "get into the minds" of the younger generation.

http://longbikeride.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/wpid-20141013-045856.jpg

Chris Williams
114 Posted 16/07/2017 at 09:53:49
Colin

Yes, another good Mail article (not something I thought I would ever write). The potential is probably vast there I'm sure, in many markets. This is why Big Tobacco is busting a gut there for example and litigating enthusiastically.

It would be a great thing to do in an ethical way, if at all possible, but we may have an issue with our new sponsor perhaps.

What went on on that trip was great, and was good for everyone involved. It was arranged at very short notice, maybe at the behest of that sponsor.

It's something to build on I'm sure but we're not necessarily talking solely Football issues here.

We have great experience in community-based matters within the club. Maybe that will help.

I'm not disagreeing in any way with the premise about getting after the potential, just concerned about a few potential underlying issues, that hopefully the professionals now running the club already have covered.

Brian Williams
115 Posted 16/07/2017 at 10:12:57
John (#105).

Same thing innit mate? Haha!

John Smith
116 Posted 16/07/2017 at 10:54:02
Rooney scores on debut for Everton.

Lukaku fails to score on debut for Manchester United.

Long may it continue!!!!

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