Everton played out a 2-2 draw with Tranmere Rovers on this ground on 22nd July and the Birkenhead club staged this evening's friendly against Spanish top-flight outfit Celta Vigo.
Roberto Martinez had ruled Seamus Coleman and Luke Garbutt out over injury concerns while Romelu Lukaku was again rested but Darron Gibson started on the bench and played the second 45 minutes alongside Muhamed Mesic. Tim Howard and Leighton Baines both played during the first half.
Everton went ahead in the 10th minute when Baines' cross eluded Naismith but fell nicely to McGeady to slot home after the Spaniards had twice come close to scoring at the other end.
Celta Vigo were level eight minutes later, though, Nolito, coincidentally linked with a move to Goodison this week, took advantage of too much space behind the fullbacks and half-volleyed past Tim Howard.
After Howard had been forced to parry away a fierce effort, Nolito doubled his account when John Stones was caught in possession and the forward chipped the goalkeeper to make it 2-1 four minutes later.
And Nolito completed his hat-trick with a little over half an hour gone when his deflected shot beat Howard.
Martinez switched things up a little at half time with Besic, Gibson, Browning, Duffy and Robles coming on in place of Howard, Barry, Hibbert, Baines and Osman. The Blues couldn't add to the scoreline, though, with Naismith going close on a couple of occasions but Martinez's team still looking a little disjointed and not fully employing the passing game that was such a feature of last season.
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