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Everton 1 – 2 Villareal: Instant Reaction

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The Blues are beaten by the La Liga side in Duncan Ferguson's Testimonial.

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Well that was all a bit disappointing wasn't it? More than anything, it was a shame the Blues couldn't muster a victory for Big Dunc's testimonial.

As a pre-season fixture though, this was a decent run out from Everton, and they were arguably the better side throughout most of the game. They certainly started brightly and their passing was both sharp and incisive.

Unfortunately, the Blues were once again missing out on a top class centre forward to provide any danger. Having Romelu Lukaku in this game may have changed things, but instead both Arouna Kone and Steven Naismith failed to provide any real danger.

While the Blues did play well for the most part, it was again two sloppy goals that cost them the game. The first from a corner came about from Leon Osman losing his man and giving him an easy finish.

Indeed, the second was a similar tale just without the corned as Nahuel Leiva finished easily with poor keeping' from Tim Howard also involved. Conceding cheap goals was a consistent problem last season, and it's worrying that the side are doing the same ahead of the next campaign.

When it comes to positives though, there were several. Tom Cleverley was one again impressive as he has been all pre-season, while it's also been a pleasant surprise to see he has a decent passing range in his game as well.

Several other players also looked sharp, with Phil Jagielka and John Stones both relatively solid at the back, James McCarthy looking fitter and fitter and Kevin Mirallas looking like he'll be a big player next season but his slight injury is a concern ahead of next week.

A special day for everyone then, with both Duncan Ferguson and Wayne Rooney both appearing in Everton shirts once again. Still, questions remain ahead of the start of the season next week if the Blues are to improve on last year.