Rochdale v Everton
Everton recorded their first win of the 2009/10 pre-season campaign with a 4-1 victory at Rochdale.
Goals from Blues youngster Shane Duffy, a Craig Dawson own-goal and a brace from Jo proved plenty to give the Blues a comfortable win against the league-two outfit at Spotland.
Everton welcomed back Tim Cahill and Joleon Lescott from their extended breaks for the tie, while Jo was handed his first start since signing his season-long loan deal last week.
A tackle from behind on the Brazilian gave the Blues a chance with an early free-kick on the edge of the box. Leighton Baines set-up Louis Saha for a strike but the Frenchman drilled it wide.
A poor clearance from Rochdale goalkeeper Kenny Arthur allowed Cahill space to shoot from midfield, but his strike took a hefty deflection and handed Everton a corner.
And it was defender Shane Duffy who opened the scoring from the piece - the Irish international found room to tap home by the near post to give the visitors the lead in the 7th minute.
The goalscorer then handed the hosts a chance giving away a free-kick, but Iain Turner punched clear with confidence to deny the hosts an equaliser.
Jason Kennedy had the host's first realistic chance on the follow up, but fired wide of the net.
As physical bout of play ensued, an Everton free-kick after 24 minutes allowed Baines to float in the perfect cross. His delivery fell to Rochdales' Craig Dawson - who fired with strong misdirected force into his own net - stunning his team mates to put the Blues two-up.
Moments later Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini - making his first appearance of the 2009/10 campaign at Spotland - was penalised for a dubious tackle right on the edge of the box. The referee pointed straight to the spot, with Rochdale's Chris Dagnall sending Turner the wrong way pulling one back for the hosts on the half-hour.
A commanding performance from Cahill in midfield provided a golden opportunity for Jo to take advantage. The Australian's neat pass travelled straight into the striker's path to pace through on goal with a perfect finish. His hard strike going in off the far post; the Rochdale defence could only watch from behind.
David Moyes opted to make no changes to his side at half-time, and Turner was forced into action frequently as Rochdale looked to reduce the defecit quickly. A finger-tip save from the Scot denied the hosts a second early in the second period.
Cahill, Duffy and Saha left the field on the hour mark, making way for James Vaughan, Jose Baxter and Seamus Coleman, to give the trio their second pre-season appearances in as many weeks.
Yet it was the Brazilian who increased Everton's advantage on 78 minutes - the Rochdale defence failed to clear and allowed the striker to tap past the keeper with ease.
Turner was kept busy in the Everton goal mouth in the closing moments, but Moyes' men held their own to secure their first - and a comfortable - pre-season win of the summer.