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Bury v Everton

Everton suffered defeat in their first pre-season game of the summer.

Leading through Louis Saha's delicate first half header, the Blues were stung by two quickfire second half goals from Ryan Lowe and Efe Sodje.

But David Moyes was able to hand debuts to Anton Peterlin and Shkodran Mustafi, as well as welcoming back Jo with a second half showing.

In the first half Lowe had a couple of early sights at goal and it took 14 minutes for Everton to muster a chance, Bury keeper Wayne Brown was able to repel James Vaughan's flick though.

Seconds later nice play from Dan Gosling and Saha saw the Frenchman burst through before lashing wildly over with his left foot.

Jo remains focusedJo on his second 'debut'

Vaughan was in again in the 19th minute, displaying excellent control but placing his effort a yard over the bar.

The striker was Everton's main threat and soon a header was deflected wide with Brown scrambling.

But it was Vaughan's strike-partner who put the Blues ahead.

Saha got the slightest touch on Leighton Baines' excellent delivery and it diverted past Brown and into the net.

Danny Racchi and Jose Baxter exchanged long range efforts before the Everton teenager contrived to miss from about a foot out after splendid work by Baines and Gosling ten minutes before the break.

Saha is congratulated after his deft effortSaha is congratulated after his deft effort

Lowe almost equalised three minutes before half time, but Carlo Nash was equal to his effort with a finger-tip save.

Moyes made wholesale changes at the break, introducing new arrivals Jo, Peterlin and Mustafi along with Kieran Agard, Leon Osman, Tony Hibbert and Iain Turner.

Agard scuffed a shot at sub keeper Cameron Belford on the hour mark as the Blues adjusted to their new personnel.

But moments later Bury equalised when their own replacement Danny Carlton centred and Lowe glanced home in the 63rd minute.

And in the 70th minute the Shakers were ahead. Michael Jones swung in a corner from the left and Sodje rose unmarked to head past Turner.

Jo's direct free kick was wide with 15 minutes left and then Agard tested Belford from range, there was still time for the Brazilian to head over the bar as the Toffees pushed hard for an equaliser - ultimately in vain.



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