Naismith debut in Well draw
Law cracker cancels out Duffy header in Hammell's testimonial
Last Updated: July 21, 2012 4:07pm
Steven Naismith: Made his Everton debut as a second-half substitute in a 1-1 draw with Motherwell
Steven Naismith made his Everton debut as a second-half substitute during a 1-1 draw with Motherwell in Stevie Hammell's testimonial.
Everton had taken a first-half lead at Fir Park through Shane Duffy's header, but Well levelled nine minutes after half-time following Nicky Law's thunderous finish.
A cameo substitute appearance by free agent James McFadden, who has played for both clubs, also entertained the crowd who watched a decent game played in the right spirit.
Hammell was given a guard of honour by both sets of players before the game, while the visitors had former Rangers duo Nikica Jelavic and Naismith on the bench.
The Toffees squandered a great chance in the 10th minute when Tim Cahill's cross from the left found Leon Osman, who bulleted a header from four yards high over the bar.
Moments later, Goodison striker Victor Anichebe ended a spell of pressure by flashing a drive from the edge of the box over the bar.
Motherwell responded as Chris Humphrey somehow got past Sylvain Distin to set up striker Michael Higdon, who also cleared the bar with a drive, before Law tested Tim Howard who punched clear.
On the half-hour mark Darren Randolph dived low to his left to palm a Cahill drive past the post before the Australian headed Osman's corner over the bar.
Three minutes later, though, Everton were ahead when Duffy rose at the back post to head an Anichebe cross back across goal and in off the post.
Well started the second half better than they had the first, and Law had the Well fans on their feet when he lashed the ball high past Howard after the Everton defence had failed to clear a Tom Hateley cross.
Moments later, Higdon hit the outside of Howard's left-hand post with a drive after latching on to another Hateley cross.
Cummins came to Motherwell's rescue on the hour mark when he cleared a shot from Everton substitute Jack Rodwell, one of four changes made by David Moyes at the interval, off the line when it looked a certain goal.
In the 68th minute Naismith, to the jeers of the Well fans, came on to make his debut, while six minutes later McFadden combined with Henrik Ojamaa to set up Law but his drive went inches past the far post with Howard beaten.
Naismith was denied a debut goal in the 76th minute when Well substitute keeper Lee Hollis blocked his close-range drive and Seamus Coleman failed to get the rebound on target.
Hateley stung the hands of Howard with a free-kick with four minutes remaining but there were to be no more goals before Hammell came on after the final whistle to take the acclaim of the fans.