Ref Tells Bench To Sub Dunc

Everton's former Newcastle striker Duncan Ferguson again showed his committed style last night - in the friendly match with Espanyol.

Everton's former Newcastle striker Duncan Ferguson again showed his committed style last night - in the friendly match with Espanyol.

In a largely soulless match, Ferguson was substituted - after a recommendation by the match referee - because of his hot-headedness.

The fact that the Toffees' bench complied with the request of the official perhaps indicated the importance they placed on the fixture, a belated testimonial for 1960s Goodison favourite Alex Young.

And Everton boss Walter Smith said afterwards: "He was just getting a bit lively. The referee was quite right and I thought he handled the game OK."

Joe-Max Moore's first-half header proved to be sufficient to end the Spaniards' good run against English sides - they arrived on Merseyside having beaten Fulham and Southampton.

Premiership rivals Leeds were also in action last night - and they continued their pre-season preparations with a 3-1 victory over Unibond League side Harrogate Town at Wetherby Road.

Simon Johnson handed the Elland Road side the lead just before half-time but Leeds were pegged back in the 48th minute when Town's Mick McNaughton levelled the scores.

Michael Duberry - one of only a handful of first-teamers playing - restored Leeds' advantage before young Australian Shane Cansdell-Sherriff added a third 10 minutes from time.

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