Date: 19th July 2018 at 11:30am
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Everton manager Marco Silva saw his side take further steps forward in terms of both fitness and his instructions for how he wants to play in the future, as we faced Bury yesterday evening with our plans for the coming Premier League campaign of 2018/19 continuing.

It wasn’t a 22-0 thriller again, but I think everyone accepts that was a one-off, but a solid performance from the team in many ways – given applicable fitness levels at this stage of pre-season – did see us to a 1-1 draw on the day at Gigg Lane.

With a number of chances created by Everton, Silva would’ve been pleased on that front but equally, from a defensive aspect, Bury had a few opportunities of their own so he’ll want improvement on that score.

The hosts did take the lead through Neil Danns who scored in the 43rd minute, but Everton were bright to respond in the second half as substitute Oumar Niasse saw an effort eight minutes in cannon off the woodwork. The same post denied him twice more in the space of a few minutes as we pushed forward, but he finally got his reward in the 63rd minute.

Everton first half:

Stekelenburg, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Dowell, Davies, Schneiderlin, Mirallas, Ramirez, Tosun.

Everton second half:

Stekelenburg, Connolly, Kenny, Pennington, Williams, Robinson, Klaassen, Vlasic, Sandro (Martina 77), Besic, Niasse.

Subs:

Hewelt, Holgate, Lookman.