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Saturday 27 September K.O. 12:45



25th August 2009 19:00

Everton Res v Burnley Res

Yakubu enjoyed a dream start to his comeback game as he scored inside the first minute of Everton reserves' 3-0 win over Burnley.

The Nigerian latched onto James McCarten's long ball and calmly sidefooted home after just 31 seconds.

He then drove down the left before finding Dan Gosling in acres of space, the winger finishing calmly to double the lead. Cody Arnoux completed the scoring late on.

The returning striker was in competitive action for the first time since November last year when he ruptured his Achilles at Tottenham.

And his early impact will surely have pleased everyone associated with Everton, not least the onlooking David Moyes.

Yak in action for the reserves against BurnleyYak in action for the reserves against Burnley

Indeed, after their quickfire opening double, Everton were in control of the game with Hope Akpan next to threaten with a close-range header.

The game calmed down after its frentic start and the next significant action was a couple of penalty appeals - one for each side and both declined by the ref- around the half hour.

Then, a couple of minutes later, Alex-Ray Harvey had Burnley's first attempt with a rising effort from the edge of the box that didn't trouble Iain Turner.

The visitors had a much more presentable chance in the 43rd minute but Wesleigh Fletcher was wasteful when well-positioned 12 yards out.

Goalscorer Gosling was replaced at the break, perhaps with Sigma Olomouc in mind, but Everton began the second period brightly.

Central defender Shane Duffy had a couple of headed efforts from corners which were off target with half half an hour to, with Jose Baxter also going close before Yakubu was withdrawn.

He played nearly 70 minutes before being replaced by American Arnoux. And the new man enjoyed an excellent start to his Everton career, nodding in sub Adam Forshaw's left wing cross.

Moses Barnett and Kieran Agard could have extended the lead but victory had long been assured.



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