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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.

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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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Olalekan Taofik
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.

Goooooo boyssssssssss!

Ryan Sloan
2 Posted 16/07/2016 at 14:18:41
It's more about getting fitness levels up, if anything.
Iain Davies
4 Posted 16/07/2016 at 14:34:54
Great finish by Galloway. I hope he gets more game time this season, he could be top class

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. ;)

Teddy Bertin
5 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:17:44
"Niasse seemed to have a great opportunity but stumbled horribly over the ball."

Oh god. Here we go again.

Mark Ryan
6 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:19:30
Niasse sounds like he's had a belter.
Tony Hill
7 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:20:42
How did Henen and Rodriguez look, anyone who watched?
Jay Harris
8 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:35:36
Rodriguez looked a bit lost, Tony, but the whole team was poor first half except for Gibbo.

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.

Phil Smith
9 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:49:23
I saw FK Jablonec in the early '90s when they had a very good side. Lovely town with good footballing traditions. Wish I could have seen the game.

Glad the Under-21 boys got game time. Hope to see all those players mentioned at some point this season.

Damian Wilde
11 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:52:54
How did people see the game?
Laura Round
12 Posted 16/07/2016 at 15:59:59
That Niasse stumble!
Iain Davies
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.

Tony Draper
15 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:14:26
Damian @11.
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.

Ray Roche
16 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:27:19
Damian. I saw it on a 40-inch Samsung. Can't speak for anyone else...
Steve Cotton
17 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:35:25
So is Niasse worth the money or not? What will Ronald make if him?
Denis Richardson
18 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:35:45
Anyone know the formation that Koeman played?


Iain Davies
19 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:42:13
Seemed like 4-4-2 or arguably 4-4-1-1.
Paul Johnson
20 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:47:47
We need to offload Niasse back to Russia asap. His stock will still be high given he was apparently player of the year before Martinez took him. For me, if we can get say £7-8m for him, we should cut our losses.
Tony Hill
21 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:51:38
Thanks Jay. I've huge hopes for Holgate.
Ernie Baywood
22 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:52:31
It was live on BeIN Sports here in Australia.

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?

Ernie Baywood
23 Posted 16/07/2016 at 16:54:28
Obviously there were some fans there. I clearly heard a scouse lad shout "That Niasse is shit".
Darren Dennett
24 Posted 16/07/2016 at 17:21:15
i watched the game today... It was more of a good workout really. I just took 4/5 mins looking at each player.

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.

Ian Bennett
25 Posted 16/07/2016 at 17:31:27
Ernie, it could've been Osman and Hibbo in the crowd.
Drew Shortis
26 Posted 16/07/2016 at 17:33:20
Whilst I wouldn't like to bet any money on Niasse being Premier League top scorer next season, I do hope Koeman can get the kind of performances out of him that made him Russian Player of the Year. It seems like many fans desperately want to see him fail. Martinez is gone & there's nothing to be gained by seeing Niasse flop.

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?

Stephen Brown
27 Posted 16/07/2016 at 17:35:29
Well said Drew! Surely there must be a player in there somewhere!!!
Colin Glassar
28 Posted 16/07/2016 at 18:02:19
I'm sure there was a player in Scott Gemmill but it never came out, Drew.
Ray Roche
29 Posted 16/07/2016 at 18:11:35
Drew, I watched the game and pretty much agree with Ernie, although I thought Lennon looked quite lively. Galloway stood out as did Tom Davies who played at right back. I thought he was more of a midfielder but he looked good today.

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...

Phil Walling
30 Posted 16/07/2016 at 18:48:25
My information – from Russian neighbours – re Niasse's Player of the Year award was that it appeared in a lightweight magazine whose proprietors include the player's agent.

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!

Mike Allison
31 Posted 16/07/2016 at 18:50:40
Colin, I remember a few games where Scott Gemmill was the only Everton player trying to play football.
Kieran Kinsella
32 Posted 16/07/2016 at 18:57:36
I quite liked Gemmill, Weir and Pembridge – all Walter signings. Better than his big-money batch.
Sam Hoare
33 Posted 16/07/2016 at 18:59:20
Surely a lot of scouting must have been done before spending almost £14m on Niasse. It's not like he was just a punt.

He must have something that persuaded the club he was worth making our 2nd most costly player ever...

Jay Harris
34 Posted 16/07/2016 at 20:11:07
Niasse doesn't even warrant a conversation.

Trust Ronald Koeman to make the decision and move him on if necessary.

Damian Wilde
35 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:11:51
Cheers Iain, I didn't see it. Tony, is Rom off to Fleetwood?

Sounds better than a laptop, Ray!

Who was MotM, guys?

Peter Cummings
36 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:22:00
Noticed that Jags didn't appear, anyone know why?

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???

Tony Draper
37 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:31:56
Damian, the Dutch commentator said something about Romelu Lukaku then something incomprehensible (to me) then mentioned Fleetwood Town. Seriously.

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.

Tony Draper
38 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:38:27
Oh, BTW Damian.... MotM?

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.

John Hammond
39 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:39:52
Pre-season training game: everyone relax... no time to judge...
Damian Wilde
40 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:42:49
Niasse... oh dear :o The local ladies sound a delight, Tony! Can we swap them for Niasse? They could be cheerleaders or offer half-time massages.
Martin Nicholls
41 Posted 16/07/2016 at 21:54:18
Seems that game was widely available – I watched on BeIN Sport (Spanish commentator) on Mobdro. Looked like a kickabout in the park.

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!

Denis Richardson
42 Posted 16/07/2016 at 22:07:37
Cheers, Iain (#19).
Tony Draper
43 Posted 16/07/2016 at 22:10:01
Damian, the "fitties" were the linos, mate!

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).

Ernie Baywood
44 Posted 16/07/2016 at 22:44:14
Drew (#26), I absolutely want to see Niasse succeed. He wears blue.

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.

Colin Metcalfe
45 Posted 16/07/2016 at 23:00:09
In my opinion, the buying of Niasse stinks to high heaven! Tell me what Premier League outfit goes out and spends £13.5M on a player no-one has heard of and plays in the most dodgy league of them all when it comes to transfers?

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!!!

Tony Hill
46 Posted 16/07/2016 at 23:10:21
Peter (36), I don't know about Jagielka's current situation but one of the first and biggest decisions Koeman has to make is to change the captain. Phil's a nice lad but a hopeless leader and that has been a significant factor for us over the last two seasons.
Frank Wade
47 Posted 16/07/2016 at 23:13:33
Drew (#26), I watched the game today and the general feeling I got was that like me, everyone is hoping to be proved wrong about Niasse. There were comparisons with Stracq, who gave his all in a blue shirt.

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.

Michael Kenrick
48 Posted 16/07/2016 at 23:36:49
As most of the players were wearing their squad numbers from last season, it's safe to assume these will be retained. The exceptions were as noted:

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.

Jay Harris
49 Posted 17/07/2016 at 00:15:07
Koeman wanted Jagielka and Barry to sit this one out while he assessed the pairing of Holgate and Galloway (the only two that got 90 minutes) and it was suggested before the game that, with the exception of those two, it would be a complete change of players for the second half.

I thought Rodriguez was very poor first half, as were most of the players except Gibbo.

Still, it was only a training exercise!!

Peter Gorman
50 Posted 17/07/2016 at 00:25:19
Colin Glassar - what a bizarre dig at Scot Gemmill. I take it you aren't being serious?

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?

James Flynn
51 Posted 17/07/2016 at 00:37:22
Don't know if you take much from a Mirror posting. But, something might be up regarding Niasse as an Everton player:

Tony Hill
52 Posted 17/07/2016 at 01:08:19
A disgrace this signing, and a mystery – I say that as one of a sorry few who thought it was a good deal at the time. More to it than we have been allowed to know, I suspect.
Shane Corcoran
53 Posted 17/07/2016 at 09:15:53
Does anyone know why Koeman would send McAleny off with the U-21s to Spain?

Surely he'd want to take a look at him?

Hugh Jenkins
54 Posted 17/07/2016 at 09:36:35
Where is Tylas Browning?

Is he still injured?

Harold Matthews likened him to Pele in his view, and Harold certainly had an eye for a player.

Damian Wilde
55 Posted 17/07/2016 at 09:48:18
Ray Roche
56 Posted 17/07/2016 at 10:37:49
Hugh, I thought Browning was still recovering from his injury and not yet fit enough to join the our.

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.

Colin Glassar
57 Posted 17/07/2016 at 10:52:17
Sorry, guys but if you think Scott Gemmill was even half-decent, then fine. I thought he was rubbish and was part of one of the worst Everton midfields I've ever seen. He couldn't tackle, he couldn't pass the ball, his positional awareness was zero, he was physically weak etc.....

But that's just my opinion.

Mike Allison
58 Posted 17/07/2016 at 11:01:33
He was part of one of the worst Everton midfields, that is true, but he was the one trying to pass the ball rather than just get rid of it as quickly as possible.

They were dark times.

Peter Gorman
59 Posted 17/07/2016 at 12:27:57
Colin, Mike, we can agree to disagree on Gemmill but at least we agree those were dark times.

But some last exhibits for your consideration Colin;

I'll think the term you are looking for is 'unblivbl tekkrz'

Tom Bowers
60 Posted 17/07/2016 at 13:38:57
Early days of a dynasty (we all hope). I am sure Big K will get his match report from his honchos but, as we all know, it's also about match fitness and a few more games will clear his mind about who's worth keeping in the squad and who isn't.

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.

Ged Simpson
61 Posted 17/07/2016 at 14:20:34
Would it be possible that this is a 2- or 3-year project and we may not spend like Man City just yet? If that was a plan, even at 55, I could cope. I would hate silly spending. But I am not a Thatcher kid!
David Donnellan
62 Posted 17/07/2016 at 23:24:44
I only caught the 2nd half of that game, not too much to shout about but it's only a training game, it's all about getting fitness & sharpness more than anything else at this stage.

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.

David Milner
63 Posted 18/07/2016 at 13:19:28
The full game here in Spain on BEIN sports on the Sunday.

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.

Liu Weixian
64 Posted 18/07/2016 at 13:46:59
The best thing to come out of this was a clean sheet. The defence held out.

They hit the bar. A couple of inches lower and the mood might have changed.

Dave Abrahams
65 Posted 18/07/2016 at 14:34:35
David (#63) – Joe Williams is still injured, not expected to be ready until October or November.
David Milner
67 Posted 19/07/2016 at 10:39:05
Thanks for that Dave @63 – at least that stops him being snatched by Man Utd.
Brent Stephens
68 Posted 19/07/2016 at 11:45:28
I'm confused. David Milner #67 thanks David Milner #63 for Dave's report.

"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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