The two sides met at Goodison Park for a league clash with very little riding on it, with neither club in danger or being in the relegation dogfight, or of troubling the top-six European places.
And the goalless first-half played out like there wasn’t much at stake too, with neither team really threatening to open the scoring.
— Everton (@Everton) April 23, 2018
In fact, the most entertaining aspect of the first period was the unusual mascot, which was controlled remotely by 14-year-old Evertonian Jack McLinden.
Jack suffers from various different health problems, and couldn’t be a mascot personally due to his limited mobility, so Jack was able to be part of his favourite club’s night from the comfort of his own home.
The unit was carried on to the field by the Everton captain, with Jack enjoying the occasion in real-time via a camera, microphone and speaker linked with his tablet and also interacting with Toffees players in the tunnel.
There are plenty of facets of modern football which we’re all particularly sick of but this is one advancement we’re definitely on-board with.