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Everton take on Blackburn Rovers in their third pre-season friendly of the summer on Saturday. To get in the mood for the game, we're looking back at some memorable past encounters with the Lancastrians. Today, we revisit an Andy Johnson inspired win from February 2007...

Johnson was Everton's first permanent signing of the 2006 summer transfer window and arrived from Crystal Palace for a fee of £8.6m.

A Club record purchase, the striker was enjoying his maiden campaign on Merseyside and took just 10 minutes to put the Blues in front at Goodison Park.

After good work from Lee Carsley, Mikel Arteta’s flicked header found Johnson, the Toffees’ top scorer for the season, and he duly fired home past a helpless Brad Friedel from six-yards out.

The game also saw an Everton debut for Portuguese midfielder Manuel Fernandes, a loan signing from Benfica who ultimately appeared nine times that season, scoring two goals. A popular figure, he would go on to have another temporary spell at Goodison Park in 2007/08.

The triumph over Rovers kept Everton in the hunt for European qualification and the Blues ended the Premier League term in sixth place, which was enough to earn them a place in the following season’s UEFA Cup.

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