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Under-21s beat Norwich handily

27/10/2014  Comments (18)  jump
Everton's U21s recorded a handsome 3-0 win over Norwich City U21s at Southport this evening.

Chris Long fired the Blues ahead in the first half with a quite brilliant curling strike from 20 yards before loanee David Henen scored his first goal in Everton Blue, tucking home a rebound.

Matthew Pennington added a late third.

Chris Long curls home the opener

Everton U-21s: Griffiths; Pennington, Garbutt, Ledson (82' Williams), Browning; Galloway, Kenny, Grant, Henen (66' Byrne); Long, Jones (78' Walsh). Subs not Used: Stanek, McLaughlin.


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Brent Stephens
1 Posted 27/10/2014 at 21:56:37
Impressed with Long tonight, and Browning and Galloway at the back. Henen didnÂ’t impress, despite the goal - he looked poor / slow at decision-making. That Ledson can sure tackle - booked again.
Patrick Murphy
2 Posted 27/10/2014 at 22:01:49
Perhaps one of these youngsters will get an opportunity in the near future and if they were to find the net for the first-team in a league game they could become the 500th different Everton player to do so...

Unless of course Tony Hibbert breaks his duck anytime soon. IÂ’m betting that Kone will be the 500th goalscorer for the Blues but not sure what year that may come.

Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 27/10/2014 at 22:23:35
ThatÂ’s the first game the U21s have played for a month. A lot of these younger players are not playing competitive games often enough and they are not even getting on the bench for the first team.

Long, in my opinion, should be getting more involved in first team games. Robbie talks about giving young players opportunities but there is little evidence, this season at least, of any young forwards getting a chance.

Sam Hoare
4 Posted 27/10/2014 at 22:14:15
Will be interesting to see which if any of these players get some games for the first team this season. Browning you would think will get some more chances and hopefully Garbutt. Maybe Long and Ledson?
Gavin Johnson
5 Posted 27/10/2014 at 22:44:19
Sam, I think all the players you mentioned could see some game time at some stage. IÂ’d especially like to see Long to be on the bench and get some minutes in the Europa, if we get enough points to qualify before all the group fixtures are played.

In that eventuality I think all of them could come in and do a job for us. The kids did okay for Moyesy against Bate a few years back.

Sam Hoare
6 Posted 27/10/2014 at 23:18:01
Sadly, Gavin I reckon our group will go down to the wire... for first place at least (which may effect draw for next round?). But if there is a dead rubber then I totally agree.

Shame we didnÂ’t get an easier group really when you look at some of the other teams we could have got.

Peter Z Jones
7 Posted 28/10/2014 at 03:26:44
Hey guys! Could one of you gentlemen be kind enough to update me on George Green? I feel like he was one of the youngsters that everyone was raving about heavily last year, but I havenÂ’t heard much about him since.
David Chait
8 Posted 28/10/2014 at 03:57:34
Peter being curious too I eventually went to his Twitter account. Seems he has a back injury and quite a bad one... HeÂ’s been out for some time and will be for a few more weeks.
Peter Z Jones
9 Posted 28/10/2014 at 05:39:27
Thanks David! ThatÂ’s not good. Hopefully it doesnÂ’t slow down his development too much.
Phill Thompson
10 Posted 28/10/2014 at 14:49:31
Brent, IÂ’m curious, can you confirm how the team was set up, the line up above clearly isnÂ’t right with Ledson in defense. I would expect Ledson/Kenny to be the defensive MF. Is this right?

Griffiths; Pennington, Browning, Galloway, Garbutt; Ledson, Kenny; Jones, Grant, Henen; Long.

ItÂ’s a shame they havenÂ’t had more games recently but about 7 or 8 have been away on international duty I think. I would love to have seen Garbutt getting a chance when Coleman was out by moving Baines to right back.

EEEk, yep moving the England left back is unlikely, but he can clearly cross with his right foot (JagÂ’s goal against Villa) and to see him cutting inside from the right to shoot with his left foot would scare most defences. I just think in most teams Garbutt would be capable of holding down a slot if given a run of games.

Brent Stephens
11 Posted 28/10/2014 at 15:22:06
Phill, you have it right – Ledson with Kenney as defensive midfield. I like the look of Ledson! And, yes, Garbutt looking solid still.
Patrick Murphy
12 Posted 28/10/2014 at 15:43:38
The first goal is a cracker from the young man Long - it can be seen on the OS or there is a link on the EchoÂ’s regular Everton update page.
Phill Thompson
13 Posted 28/10/2014 at 16:16:46
Cheers Brent. Ledson and Kenny were two of the stars in the England U17 s team that won the televised European tournament. Kenny was right back then, but I saw somewhere maybe England U18s or maybe at Everton, that heÂ’d played alongside Ledson as the defensive midfielder. Still a lot to learn at 18 but both have potential.
Wayne Smyth
14 Posted 28/10/2014 at 17:37:05
Brent, do you have anything further to add regarding Henen?

Unsworth sounded delighted with him, in comments I think I read on the official site.

As for Ledson, from what IÂ’ve seen he and Conor Grant both have the ability to step up and provide long-term replacements for Barry/Gibson.

Brent Stephens
15 Posted 28/10/2014 at 17:54:46
Hi Wayne. Henen harried the defender well to nick the ball and score.

He was busy moving from inside to wide and coming deeper for the ball, so doing a shift. But I thought he tried to do the more complicated thing with the ball (not in terms of passing but while in possession) rather than the more simple lay-off.

Not that he played badly, just that, given the interest when we were trying to sign him, I expected a bit more, and the likes of Long threatened more up front.

Having said that, it was the first time IÂ’d seen him play, he was getting some robust treatment from the CBs, and itÂ’s all my personal take which is by no means the only take on it.

Sam Hoare
16 Posted 28/10/2014 at 20:02:21
Just saw the highlights on the OS. GallowayÂ’s chip attempt would have been an absolutely majestic goal. Good signs. With any luck him and Stones may make a superb ball-playing Everton/England CB pairing for years to come. Would love that. Perhaps Browning might have something to say about it though...
Jon Withey
17 Posted 29/10/2014 at 00:44:34
Long can certainly score them from range canÂ’t he !?

Under-21s are looking like a decent group – we should at least get some out on loan. Otherwise 10 minutes here and there would help them get used to bigger atmospheres.

YouÂ’d expect Garbutt will get some games to give Baines a rest and IÂ’d like to see more of Browning.

Anyone in that group ready to shadow Pienaar, Osman, Howard and Hibbert? Because they arenÂ’t going to last forever.

Mike Allison
18 Posted 01/11/2014 at 09:55:36
Jon, if Kenny is playing in the u-21s despite being an u-18, and he's playing midfield when he's won an international tournament as a right-back, then he could well be the reason that Martinez hasn't been too worried about signing a back-up for Coleman.

He's only 17 and will turn 18 towards the end of this season. Luke Shaw became a regular at 18 and made it to the World Cup, so it's not outside the realms of possibility that Hibbert's squad place this season is as a stop-gap until this lad is ready.

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