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Leeds United 2-0 Everton - instant reaction

Everton lose their penultimate game of pre-season as Leeds score two at Elland Road.

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Goals from Alex Mowatt and Chris Wood condemned Everton to a second defeat of pre-season against Championship side Leeds.

With Everton playing Villarreal in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial tomorrow, Roberto Martinez mixed youngsters with a sprinkling of senior pros for the game at Elland Road.

The likes of Tyias Browning, Gethin Jones, Matthew Pennington and Keiran Dowell started alongside Ross Barkley, James McCarthy, Bryan Oviedo, Arouna Kone and Steven Naismith.

Winger Dowell had the first chance of the game but his long range effort was comfortably saved by Marco Silvestri. Almost immediately at the other end, Leeds forward Wood had an effort from distance that was well kept out by Joel Robles.

After the that bright start the quality of the game quickly began to drop, with a full-strength Leeds side perhaps shading things.

Shortly before half-time Wood saw his goal rightly disallowed for offside before Pennington also had a goal chalked off at the other end for a push by Browning in the build-up.

Tom Cleverley and Conor McAleny came on for McCarthy and Kone at the break, and McAleny had a great chance to open the scoring shortly after the restart, but his close-range header was well kept out by goalkeeper Silvestri

Moments later Leeds United took the lead, Alex Mowatt playing a neat one-two with Sam Byram before sidefooting the ball past a stranded Robles.

Kevin Mirallas and Ryan Ledson came on for Barkley and Naismith but they did little to change the pattern of the game.

With little over 10 minutes left Wood sealed the win for Leeds, his long-range effort taking a deflection off an Everton defender and looping over Robles into the corner.

Leeds substitute Steve Morison had two opportunities to make it 3-0 late on but he sent his header over before seeing another close range effort blocked.

Given it was just a friendly and the youthful nature of the side there is no real need to panic. It does, though, highlight the lack of depth found in the squad and even a minor injury crisis could see that exposed.

After another anonymous performance by Kone questions also must be asked about his suitability as a back-up to Romelu Lukaku. if Martinez isn't looking for another striker before the window shuts then fans have every right to question his judgement.

In terms of fitness though it was good for the likes of Oviedo to get more minutes under their belt ahead of the new season, while the youngsters can only benefit from the experience of playing such a match.

Just one more friendly to go then as we pay tribute to Big Dunc at Goodison tomorrow before the big kick-off against Watford next week.