Everton suffer loss in Vienna

New Everton manager Roberto Martinez suffered a defeat in his

first match in charge as the Toffees lost their friendly against

Austria Vienna 2-1.

The Austrian champions, who open their title defence next

weekend, went ahead in the 14th minute when Marko Stankovic took

advantage of a poor pass from Leon Osman and rounded debutant

Everton goalkeeper Joel before finding the net.

Stankovic doubled his tally when he wrong-footed Joel from the

penalty spot in the 37th minute after Shane Duffy was penalised for

handball.

Everton quickly pulled a goal back through Greek striker

Apostolos Vellios, who was left unmarked to head home a pinpoint

cross from Leighton Baines.

Both managers made a host of changes at the interval, but

Everton were unable to find an equaliser in the second half with

Kevin Mirallas going closest when he was foiled by a timely

intervention by substitute goalkeeper Ivan Kardum.

Despite the result, Martinez was happy with his week’s work in

Austria.

He told the club’s official website: “The game was more of a

physical exercise than anything else. It’s been a very successful

week.

“We’ve accumulated a lot of work and that’s been exactly what we

needed and it’s given us a very good platform. Today was just to

get a run out and we gave everyone 45 minutes more or less.

“We were playing against a side who are one week away from the

start of their season and that’s what we wanted – we wanted to push

ourselves to the maximum from a physical point of view, and I

thought we responded really well.”