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Everton at Wigan Live Blog: Better second half, but it ends 0-0

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Blues are back in England after a preseason trip to Switzerland

Wigan v Everton - Pre-Season Friendly - Banks’s Stadium Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images

LIVE BLOG

Fulltime - Ref caps a miserable performance by blowing the whistle a few seconds before the 90 minutes are up, it ends 0-0.

85’ - Hornby gets in the air for a cross from the left, but his header is just over from the penalty spot. That was a chance.

82’ - Ref David Bond has been horrendous today, and misses another one. Joe Geldhart complete misses the ball and gets his studs on Matty Foulds’ ankle, who is hurt but very lucky he has not had a broken leg. What does Bond do? Pull out a yellow of course.

74’ - Now Gordon gets crunched and Mirallas steps up to take the freekick. The Blues at the DW start the “Ohh Kevin Mirallas” chant, but he cant deliver, his shot flies just over the bar.

72’ - Lofted pass back from Holgate to Lossl who makes a hash of that, lucky that didn’t end up in his own net. Blues getting a bit cocky here.

70’ - Game’s a bit dull right now to be honest with you. Gordon finds Davies who shoots way over. Ooof.

60’ - Jonas Lossl is on for Pickford now, and gets a rousing round of applause.
As does this lad called Jensen Weir who comes on for Wigan. If the last name doesn’t ring any bells, it’s the son of Everton legend David Weir!

58’ - Anthony Gordon has looked a real livewire on the left wing since coming on. Precise passing with inspired vision. He actually played last night for the Under-23s too, but you wouldn’t believe it watching him run around.

55’ - Everton looking much, much better in the second half, despite having a number of youngsters on. Looking hungrier and creating pressure on the Wigan side who are struggling to get the ball out of their half.

50’ - The Under-23s are on and making a big difference. Broadhead, Gordon and Hornby are all making their presence felt in the attacking half.

Marco Silva has made nine changes at the break -
OFF: Mina, Digne, Coleman, Bernard, Gomes, Delph, Walcott, Sigurdsson and Calvert-Lewin
ON: Mirallas, Gibson, Foulds, Broadhead, Davies, McCarthy, Schneiderlin, Gordon and Hornby

Halftime - No time added on by the ref who has been Championship level today. It’s still 0-0, probably deserved, with neither side deserving to be ahead. The most eyecatching thing about Everton today has been the new away kits, of course.

37’ - The ref is absolutely ridiculous. Lee Evans has led into Keane with his elbow, and has opened up a big gash over his right eye, there’s blood pouring everywhere. All the ref pulls out is a yellow.
Keane has now left the game, Holgate is on.

35’ - Bernard and Lucas Digne are certainly looking like they’ve got a year of experience together, good passing between them.

27’ - Robinson runs into space well and his cross into the box is dangerous, but no Wigan players too close to it. Blues look in a spot of bother here.

23’ - Windass with a neat give-and-go slices through the defence, and his shot to the far post is well saved by Pickford.
The Blues make a hash of clearing the resulting corner with a shot flying over the bar in the end. Wigan have had a good spell in the last few minutes.

17’ - Oh no! Gylfi Sigurdsson gets his lower right leg crunched into and it does not look good. He looks like he’s in pain. After watching Marco Asensio blow out his knee yesterday, Blues will be gnawing their fingernails here.
To make matters worse, ref doesn’t even call a foul. Rubbish.
Gylfi is back on the pitch though. Tom Davies still warming up.

12’ - Theo Walcott has looked lively so far, he’s making life miserable for former Blue Antonee Robinson.

10’ - Jordan Pickford puts Yerry Mina into a sticky situation with a short pass in the box, but Andre Gomes helps him out.

Apologies for the delay, we’re up and running now.


Everton play their fourth preseason friendly today, this time back on British soil after picking up a win over AS Monaco in their last game in Switzerland.

This week the Toffees saw a couple more players return from their summer breaks, with Yerry Mina and Dominic Calvert-Lewin back. Fabian Delph also trained with the squad at Finch Farm and will likely play some part today.

Opponents and hosts Wigan Athletic will be looking to have a better season after finishing in 18th place last season in the Championship. The Blues might come up against former player Antonee Robinson, with Everton selling the USMNT international this summer in a somewhat surprise move.


LINEUPS

Pretty strong XI to start this game.

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne, Delph, Gomes, Bernard, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Calvert-Lewin

Wigan Athletic: TBD.

MATCH INFO

Competition; Round: 2019-20 Preseason Friendly 4

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 23, 2019, 11:45am PST, 2:45pm EST, 7:45pm BST

Venue: DW Stadium, Wigan, England

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