After Seamus Coleman failed a late fitness test, veteran fullback Hibbert was named in the starting line up five days after playing against Swansea City in the League Cup. It was his first League start for Everton since 2012 and he acquitted himself well against the pace of Raheem Sterling in the 1-1 draw.
He was replaced with 17 minutes to go by Browning who became the first Liverpool-born player to make his debut in a Merseyside derby for almost 90 years.
The 20 year-old immediately added a physical presence and some more pace in that position for the closing stages and, after refusing to be ruffled when squaring up with Mario Balotelli, he had a hand in the Blues's goal with a cross from the right side.
"Tony played on Tuesday and he played 90 minutes and it is obviously a matter of [him] having the match fitness," Martinez said after the match which ended all square following Phil Jagielka's stunning stoppage-time equaliser.
"I think we needed his experience. We had Seamus Coleman with a late fitness test until the last second and it was just the right opportunity for [Hibbert] to bring a bit of understanding, a bit of know-how.
"Once he ran out of steam, Tyias Browning, in his full debut, showed an incredible composure, great pace, phenomenal defending and I thought he gave us real penetration down that side.
"Between them, Tony Hibbert and Tyias Browning did a terrific job for us," the Catalan concluded.
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1 Posted 28/09/2014 at 18:53:27
3 Posted 28/09/2014 at 19:35:14
If Ty Browning develops into a decent player that we all think he is capable of, could we possibly see an all-Everton England defense Â– Jagielka, Stones, Baines and Browning? Maybe getting carried away a bit too much here, but the possibility is enticing.
4 Posted 28/09/2014 at 19:43:10
I'd say... Kenny Stones Galloway Garbutt is a feasible back four for England and Everton in 4 or 5 years time.
5 Posted 28/09/2014 at 20:09:29
6 Posted 28/09/2014 at 20:35:58
7 Posted 28/09/2014 at 20:49:00
8 Posted 28/09/2014 at 20:55:58
I'd use Hibbert as a last resort (no disrespect intended) and look to the future with Browning, who looks a player.
9 Posted 28/09/2014 at 20:59:07
10 Posted 28/09/2014 at 21:25:49
Never been the best footballer, people automatically assume he will never fit into the Martinez plan. But when the chips are down, like they was yesterday, then Hibbert won't ever go missing. I expect him to play a few more games this season though, because what he lacks in ability, he makes up in heart and character.
Made up with Browning, because as well has playing a big part in our goal, he also looks like he doesn't give a fuck about reputations. Looks strong and athletic and he certainly wasn't phased by Anfield, which is just what you want off your younger players
11 Posted 28/09/2014 at 22:10:43
Having watched the game from yesterday again in full that Jags goal just gets friggin better every time I watch it, fucking worthy of winning a World Cup final that was.
I also think looking at Creasehead's free-kick, Howard definitely SHOULD have kept it out. He got his whole hand on the ball but as usual with Howard he was actually behind the goal line before the ball crossed it. That's a really annoying trait with Howard, he doesn't seem to know his bearings.
12 Posted 28/09/2014 at 22:52:26
Jagielka's goal was worthy of winning any match.
13 Posted 28/09/2014 at 23:05:04
14 Posted 28/09/2014 at 23:23:09
16 Posted 29/09/2014 at 00:16:50
17 Posted 29/09/2014 at 00:31:12
I just never feel Howard knows his goal very well, positional or so on.
There was only one side Gerrard was going to be putting that.
18 Posted 29/09/2014 at 01:02:01
19 Posted 29/09/2014 at 01:25:52
I Agree that his future may lie at CB but it's not likely we will see much of him there for a few years as I'm sure no top Premier League side will get away with 2 young CBs.
Roberto likes his 3 CBs at times too, so I wouldn't rule out the odd game over the next 12/18 months where we could see Stones, Browning and Galloway though!
20 Posted 29/09/2014 at 01:35:25
21 Posted 29/09/2014 at 04:17:09
22 Posted 29/09/2014 at 05:09:15
He is athletic Â– very quick, strong but physical with that (as well as man-handling Sterling, for the goal pushed a player to create the space to turn and cross). He’s composed and good on the ball, but importantly for a defender, looks like he knows how to defend, what positions to take up, and he’s aggressive in his defending etc.
He seemed to be in no way fazed by the star names he came up against and his performance was in the top 3 Â– considering his debut was in the derby at Anfield...
He has all the attributes to be a real player, he has to be the RB cover for the rest of the season and can be at anytime but long-term see him vying with Galloway for the second CB spot with Stones or for some games if they go with 3 CBs....
If they go with 2 with injuries and suspensions.... really we need to add another one or 2 CBs with Distin, Jags and Ants all waiting for the senior bus pass.
23 Posted 29/09/2014 at 05:17:15
They didn’t get much change out of Hibbo. That said his time is coming to an end. A great servant but with Browning doing what he did - its difficult to see him getting much more game time.
24 Posted 29/09/2014 at 07:52:37
I remember when Norwich scored an injury time equaliser at Goodison a few years ago, a header from 2 yards out but Howard was flailing around behind the line before the ball even reached him, only for both the ball and himself to eventually end up at the back of the net in a bundled heap.
I wonder does our goalkeeping coach or coaches over the years ever work on Howard's vulnerability with his positional sense or awareness because the same mistakes always let him down.
As I say, he makes some important saves, some good saves, though I'm not entirely convinced he knew bugger all about the Balotelli one, was more a bad miss.
He just seems to make too many high profile mistakes, not saying it was a major mistake on Gerrard's goal but if you're a top-class keeper (or want to be top class), after getting your hand to it, then you need to be stopping it.
26 Posted 29/09/2014 at 07:40:26
First noticed as a young teenager with "Tylas" on his shirt, I thought he moved like Pele and was very impressed. Since then, he has played various back-four positions and captained the U21s at CB. Not sure where he'll end up. I haven't seen much of Galloway but he's taller than Browning and is supposed to be the real deal.
All this is probably some time away. It's hard to imagine a youngster screaming and waving the back four into position in the manner of Jags on Saturday. He was very much the man in charge and looked far from finished.
27 Posted 29/09/2014 at 08:46:14
It does mean if we get a stupid offer for Coleman we might be able to utilise those funds well with RB covered. Anyway... all very early conjecture.
28 Posted 29/09/2014 at 09:31:35
29 Posted 29/09/2014 at 09:33:44
What a difference on Saturday, in a short time on he looked vastly improved in his attacking qualities while retaining defensive soundness.
It is essential for us to develop our own youngsters to play in our style. That's 3 young defenders in/around the first team squad, Ross to come back midfield; now, if Big Dunc and Eto'o can do some development with Lukaku...
30 Posted 29/09/2014 at 10:14:33
31 Posted 29/09/2014 at 10:50:22
33 Posted 29/09/2014 at 13:28:07
That’s by the bye; his career will come to and shortly but I think he can look back with pride on his Everton career.
34 Posted 29/09/2014 at 16:01:15
35 Posted 29/09/2014 at 18:58:13
36 Posted 29/09/2014 at 20:32:28
What I was most pleased about was that he clearly doesn't take any shit from anyone and I think mental strength is something we've struggled with for years.
Hibbert is a useful player to have about as a 3rd-choice defender Â– we know he can do a job at centre-half as well as right-back Â– but for all the praise he gets, it's clear he hasn't got the legs to cope at the top level anymore without being a liability.
As others have said, we have the makings of a hugely talented group of youngsters in the first team squad. Besic, Barkley, Stones, Lukaku and I think we can add Browning and Garbutt to that list. With McCarthy and Oviedo the right side of 25 the future is looking very promising.
Given the financial gulf, it's hugely important we develop our own players as much as possible.
37 Posted 29/09/2014 at 21:01:03
I thought Browning looked every bit the part, and would love to see more of him this season. Garbutt was also very impressive in what was otherwise a very depressing performance against Swansea.
We've certainly got some very promising youngsters... I'm just not sure how much of an opportunity they will get this season, especially now we're out of the Capital Cup. Perhaps Martinez will select Garbutt and Browning on Thursday. I for one would love both to start.
38 Posted 30/09/2014 at 01:00:45
1 Â– I thought Hibbert (who hasn't started an EPL game in 18 months and was up against arguably Liverpool's most dangerous player) did a better job than Barry on Saturday.
2 Â– Although I too was very impressed with Browning, I think those who say he should automatically be getting starts are being naÃ¯ve. I think that this season he should be mostly played off the bench, so that there is less pressure on him and he gets up to speed gradually. Generally speaking, that is a better way to build up players rather than throwing them in at the deep end and risking a bad performance ruining their confidence.
39 Posted 30/09/2014 at 08:51:05
The lad has played a quarter of an hour and suddenly he's ready to displace seasoned pros.
Wait until he has one mare and he will be the shittest of the shit again.
40 Posted 30/09/2014 at 10:15:13
41 Posted 30/09/2014 at 10:50:19
As Gerrard showed, all he needs to do is get it over the wall and on target and the keeper is beaten. Another keeper could have caught that free kick if his positioning was correct. He also should have claimed Sterling's cross to Balotelli.
As for Browning, he looked fast and strong which seems to be what you need to play in defense now. Seeing an all English back four was great at Anfield, especially as three of the players in a roundabout way came from the academy in Jagielka,sBaines and Hibbert. Stones Browning Galloway Garbutt could be our future back four Â— all for less than half of a Sakho or a Lovren.
42 Posted 30/09/2014 at 11:55:51
43 Posted 30/09/2014 at 12:24:21
We are lucky we've got some promising youngsters. We cant bring 'em in all at once, though, like the other night at Swansea.
44 Posted 30/09/2014 at 13:43:57
Which is kind of sad as he's been a great servant and could still do a job. But you have to let the youth come through. And at least he went out by belting that nob Balotelli.
45 Posted 30/09/2014 at 17:45:36
46 Posted 30/09/2014 at 19:14:29
47 Posted 30/09/2014 at 21:16:18
Stones's Man of the Match performance is also really encouraging... What were we all saying about the crisis in our defence so far this season?
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