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That’s all for today – thanks for joining. David Triggs will be back at 7am tomorrow.

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Interesting quotes after the Paderborn game from the boss Roberto Martinez.

“Apart from the result, it was exactly what we wanted as a test. 

“We wanted to have a trial of what we will experience when we go away in Europe and it was exactly that. 

“But we came to a new environment and we started to get frustrated with the game, which started very well, but we lost concentration and we were a little bit soft in that respect. 

“But the game served its purpose and we know exactly what to expect now. We need to be strong and not give soft goals away. 

“It’s going to be a really good week now getting ready for Leicester, which is another challenge again. 

“We’re looking forward to it and getting back to playing league football.”

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Slight technical hitch – please refresh and everything should be back to normal. Pesky gremlins in the system.

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Alan Stubbs’ reign at Hibernian got off to a pretty crazy start when his goalkeeper scored. Best of luck to Stubbsy up there in Scotland!

WATCH: Goalkeeper Mark Oxley scored for @HibsOfficial in a 2-1 win over Livingston at Easter Road.

https://t.co/OLYvssNwUb

— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) August 10, 2014

 

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Sunday ECHO columnist Lee Carsley believes the Blues are starting to see the benefits of their youth-led philosophy – and that the rest of the Premier League see them as a benchmark.

Lee writes: “There has been a strong foundation in place and we’re all seeing the benefit of it now.

“And it’s that stability that sees us able to tie down such promising young talent in the shape of John Stones.

“His extension, added to Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman, tie down not only our most promising players but ones that are pivotal to the team right now.

“They are the players that would have attracted the most attention from other clubs because of the way they performed last season.”

The former Blues midfielder also writes about Besic, pre-season results and Naismith’s generousity.

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Excellent interview with one of the country’s most exciting young defenders, John Stones. The 20-year-old says the pressure of expectation, especially after being called up as standby for England’s World Cup squad, doesn’t bother him.

“I guess you have to embrace it, but I really don’t feel any extra pressure,” he says.

“I have my team-mates and the staff behind me that allow me to go out and play my game.

“The good thing around here is you never have that pressure on your shoulders.

“We are a team and take things as a team. I hope to go out pressure free and play my football.”

John Stones in action against Celta Vigo John Stones in action against Celta Vigo  

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Pre-season really doesn’t matter – but that doesn’t stop some fans from having a bit of a wobble over it, and it’s only natural. Vote in our poll and tell us if you’re worried by Everton’s winless run this summer.

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It’s worth beginning with the marooned Greg O’Keeffe’s match verdict of the Blues’ 3-1 defeat to Paderborn, which sees the Blues finish pre-season without a victory.

James Maloney Final scoreline for Everton was 3-1 against SC Paderborn at the Benteler Arena in Germany

Final scoreline for Everton was 3-1 against SC Paderborn at the Benteler Arena in Germany

Greg writes: “Just keep telling yourself – pre-season results mean nothing.

“Then remember Everton were without influential trio Seamus Coleman, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas in Germany.

“Better still, bear in mind they conceded a soft penalty and fell behind to a goal which looked suspiciously off-side.

“Got all that? Good. Now really convince yourself, because in truth Everton were far, far from convincing against SC Paderborn.”

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Good morning and welcome to the Everton FC liveblog. Our man Greg O’Keeffe may not be with us yet…

Back at Paderborn airport for our second attempt at flying home. Hope it works this time

— Greg O’Keeffe (@GregOK) August 10, 2014

But we most certainly are. Or, at least, I am. We’ll be bringing all the reaction from the Blues’ defeat in Germany against SC Paderborn, as well as all the news and views coming out of Goodison Park. If somebody gets back in time to open up the shop, that is.

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