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Everton Bag Brace

Pre-season matches clearly don’t offer a real signifier for the coming season. Still, it’s better to be winning and looking solid. Luckily Everton have, indeed, been both winning and looking solid.

As the tour ‘Down Under’ rumbles on – and having already beaten Sydney FC 1-0 on Saturday – Everton took on Melbourne Heart on Wednesday.

They certainly started quickly; the impressive Seamus Coleman breaking forward, being bundled over, and duly winning a penalty in the second minutes. King Louis stepped-up and…missed the target. Who should be Everton’s chief penalty taker? Well, Saha has missed a couple now, but if Baines or Arteta had been playing you imagine one of them would have stepped-up.

Coleman continued to cause problems thrusting forward from right-back and, midway through the first-half, delivered a low, inviting cross for Jack Rodwell to tap home. Whilst it’s nice to see any Everton player score, it somehow feels more satisfying to see two young Goodison starlets combining; a promising sign of things to come. Indeed, Moyes has been particularly pleased with Coleman and it will be interesting to see what role the youngster will play next year.

Melbourne forced a few decent saves from Iain Turner, but Everton remained largely in control. Saha more than made-up for his penalty miss with a beautiful sweeping left-footed finish from the edge of the area, on 60 minutes.

Jermaine Beckford and Joao Silva were handed their first taste of toffee action in the second-half – Beckford looking sharp; turning well and firing just wide, moments after his introduction – and Tim Cahill unsurprisingly received a warm reception from all corners of the ground (also as a second-half substitute).

So, overall, the pre-season tour has been reasonably fruitful thus far; sound team displays, a happy(ish) Moyes, welcoming the new-boys and contracting that winning bug.

Melbourne Hearts 0 – 2 Everton (Rodwell, Saha)

Etihad Stadium
14 July 2010

Standout player: Coleman

Next-up: Brisbane, Sat 17th

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