Everton Reserves 0-1 Manchester United Reserves
Everton: Nash, Coleman, Nsiala, McCarten, Bidwell, Forshaw, Peterlin, Gosling, Akpan, Baxter, Agard
Man Utd: Van der Sar, da Silva, Dudgeon, Evans, Gill, James, Norwood, Macheda, King, Eikrem, Brady
Everton started with a 4-5-1 formation. The midfield comprised Adam Forshaw and Jose Baxter on the flanks, with Hope Akpan and Dan Gosling in the middle, and Anton Peterlin sitting behind them. Kieran Agard was on his own up front.
Dan Gosling captained the side after making an impressive performance in Belarus with the first team.
United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Van der Sar his first start since picking up an injury in pre-season which has seen him miss United’s start to the season. The United team included Federico Macheda and Fabio da Silva who played in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
United started the better team in the opening stages with the 19-year-old Norwegian Magnus Eikrem spraying the ball around from central midfield. Macheda and Joshua King, another Norwegian, looked bright up front and tested Everton's defence.
The first real chance came from Everton on 12 minutes; Gosling found himself 20 yards out and unleashed a shot which went wide.
After United controlled most of the possession, Everton found themselves with another good opportunity when Baxter produced a clever chipped pass into the path of Agard who looked likely to score but put his shot narrowly wide.
A few minutes later, Macheda came close to unlocking the deadlock after good work from the United midfield allowed the Italian to unleash a shot from inside the box but failed to hit the target.
On 41 minutes, United’s best chance came as right-back Seamus Coleman failed to clear and the ball found its way to the edge of the box where Eikrem got a shot in after clever passing by United. However, it didn’t really trouble Nash.
As the first half neared its close, United looked the stronger. But you wondered if the game had 0-0 all over it as both keepers didn’t have much to do.
United started the brighter in the second half and took the lead on 56 minutes when left-back Joe Dudgeon and Eikrem exchanged clever play which found Macheda with room inside the box to fire past Nash.
A few minutes later, Baxter departed and on came 16-year-old Conor McAleny. Baxter had done quite well, especially when he drifted into the centre from the left flank. At this point Everton changed from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2.
The Blues began to pile on the pressure and in the last 20 minutes finally began to give Van der Sar some of the shot-stopping practice that he was presumably looking for.
Everton made another substitution on 82 minutes when Zac Thompson made his Reserves debut, replacing the impressive Coleman. By now the game had opened up and there were breakaways at either end but they failed to yield a goal. Despite three minutes added time, Everton could not find an equaliser.
United arguably deserved the win as they had more possession. For Everton, captain Gosling worked well but did give possession away a few times. Peterlin was impressive in midfield, breaking up attacks and generally neat and tidy in his distribution. Aristote Nsiala and James McCarten looked solid in the centre of defence against United’s dangerous strike force of King and Macheda. And not to forget Adam Forshaw who looked good on the flank.
It will be interesting to see what becomes of the United youngsters, in particular Eikrem who reminded me at times of Jack Rodwell in the way he looked composed and spread the ball around.
It was a decent performance by the young Blues but disappointing that they could not create more chances and do better with them.
Man of the Match: Magnus Eikrem
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1 Posted 07/10/2009 at 08:04:21
2 Posted 07/10/2009 at 10:30:20
3 Posted 07/10/2009 at 11:04:21
Interesting to see Peterlin doing well.
4 Posted 07/10/2009 at 17:30:42
5 Posted 07/10/2009 at 18:45:43
I’d be interested to know anybody’s opinions on the possibilities of any of these youngsters becoming first team regulars in the long term.
Of course, our youngest ever first team player was part of the team last night. I was quite surprised to see this bearing in mind his brush with the law in the previous 24 hours.
Still, if you are out visiting brothels at 17 and getting jiggy with the wrinklies and still get to be England’s centre forward, what’s the problem with a bit of hash and some counterfeit money?
6 Posted 07/10/2009 at 21:43:42
7 Posted 07/10/2009 at 22:04:19
1. Tony Hibbert is a right-back while Seamus Coleman is a left-back.
2. Tony Hibbert has played nearly 200 Premier League games for a Top 5 side while Seamus Coleman’s career so far extends to a few appearances for FAI League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers.
So in answer to your question. No he’s not as good as Hibbert.
8 Posted 08/10/2009 at 00:10:15
1. Seamus Coleman IS a right back - check your facts.
2. Just because he is inexperienced doesn’t mean he couldn’t do a better job for us this season than Hibbo. Your point #2 is lame. Is Rodwell a better central midfielder than Neville?
It was a valid question by Philip. Only time will tell if he can cut the mustard in the Premier League. Early signs however, are very promising.
9 Posted 08/10/2009 at 06:26:26
10 Posted 08/10/2009 at 08:08:32
I would hope that Seamus is better than Hibbert and takes his place. As Hibbert playing in an Everton side is not going to improve us. He is not that good really. When Neill is fully fit then I would expect to see Hibbert get a run in the games when we can put our reserve team out. Hibbert has played 200 games for Everton. So I guess the question is is Tony Hibbert the worst Everton player to have played that many games?
11 Posted 08/10/2009 at 09:09:19
12 Posted 08/10/2009 at 14:58:05
1. OK aplogies I thought Seamus Coleman was left footed. Fair enough I was wrong about that.
2. You're seriously suggesting that a player whose only experience is a few games for Sligo Rovers is better then a player who has played nearly 200 times in the Premier League? Think about it.
Personally I think experience counts and there’s no way I’m going to pick some untested youngster from the Irish league over Hibbert. No way.
ps: YOUR QUESTION: Is Rodwell a better midfielder then Neville?
MY ANSWER: Not yet.
13 Posted 08/10/2009 at 15:25:54
14 Posted 08/10/2009 at 16:38:34
Thanks for that
15 Posted 08/10/2009 at 18:25:47
MY ANSWER: Not yet.
Tell me Dick, In your opinion in what way is he not ? Please don't say because Neville has played 400 Premier League games because thats like saying Colin Montgomerie is better than Tiger Woods because he has played Golf for longer.
16 Posted 08/10/2009 at 18:32:56
On the Coleman debate, we have to remember it was only one game he played and even though he did play very well, we shouldn’t get carried away. I think if he wasn’t injured he would've been on the bench in the first team this season. He had a little coming together with Macheda late on in the first half which shows he his no pushover. Coleman was solid in defence and looked promising going forward.
I see Akpan, Coleman and McCarten as likely candidates to be in the first team in years to come. I’ve watched them a few games and they are the ones that come to your attention. McCarten is solid at the back while Akpan looks good and confident in midfield.
Arnoux did also make the bench but didn’t come on.
17 Posted 08/10/2009 at 21:58:07
Neville was one of Everton’s Top 3 players last season. He’s the Captain of Everton. And he’s great at the job he does.
Admittedly Rodwell is doing great for a young lad and eventually I suspect Rodwell will reach heights Neville could only dream of but he’s not there yet.
There’s not a lot between them but if we had a fully fit squad I would still choose Neville over Rodwell.
Only just mind.
18 Posted 09/10/2009 at 00:41:59
The point I was trying to make was that experience isn’t everything, and that to make the assumption that one player is better than another based on experience alone (which is what you did when comparing Hibbert and Coleman) is a bit strange.
When a certain Mr Rooney burst on to the scene for example, after just one game, it was clear that he was a better player than say Tomasz Radzinski (Premier League, Champions League and International experience).
19 Posted 09/10/2009 at 08:10:02
And Coleman after five Premier League games may well be better then Hibbert but at the moment he’s not played at any level higher then the Irish league.
I’m sorry but Coleman is a young player whose career so far consists of playing in the backward Irish leagues. You cannot say Coleman is a better player then Hibbert until we see him play at a decent level. Even half a dozen games in the Championship or League 1 would give us an idea.
20 Posted 10/10/2009 at 06:11:21
No one on here has suggested that Coleman is better than Hibbert, I apologise; I should have asked "could he be as good / better" not "is". Sorry to have ruffled anyone’s feathers.
21 Posted 29/10/2009 at 13:02:32
I enjoyed you and your father's company in Lisbon last week, as someone stated I hope you carry this on.
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