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U21s stage comeback to draw a thriller against Fulham

26/01/2015  Comments (17)  jump
Everton came back from 2-0 down and again when trailing 3-2 to grab a point against Fulham in a gripper at Southport this evening.

The Blues were trailing 2-0 thanks to first-half goals by Adam Taggart and Freddy Plumai but went into the break level thanks to a brilliant fightback towards the end of the first period.

David Henen struck a beauty from 20 yards out before Joe Williams equalised with a header on the stroke of half time.

After Courtney Duffus was denied by Magnus Norman and Matthew Kennedy volleyed just wide in the second half, the Londoners looked to be on course for victory when Buomesca Tue Na Bangna netted 13 minutes from time.

David Unsworth's men were unbowed, however, and they snatched a deserved equaliser to make it 3-3 four minutes later when skipper Jonjoe Kenny converted following a free kick.

Everton: Hewelt, Jones, Kenny (c), Galloway, Connolly, Grant (Ledson 46'), Junior (Dowell), Williams, Henen, Kennedy (Green 65'), C Duffus.
Subs not used: Hunt, Langton.


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Tony Dove
1 Posted 26/01/2015 at 22:11:58
I like the sound of that Bangna
Colin Glassar
2 Posted 26/01/2015 at 22:20:23
Bangna bangs 'em in?
Keith Harrison
3 Posted 26/01/2015 at 23:13:19
Good to see Green back in action. Anyone have a detailed report to put up?
James Flynn
4 Posted 26/01/2015 at 23:16:49
Looks like Green got some minutes.
Harold Matthews
5 Posted 27/01/2015 at 00:00:22
Sounds like Henen is coming on and good to hear that tough Joe Williams scored with his head. Wish the 1st team would follow suit.
Rafizi Ariffin
6 Posted 27/01/2015 at 01:34:00
According to Green's twitter.. "Words can't describe how happy I am was to be back playing.." I'm guessing that he just come back from long-term injury.

Just wondering... who's playing at right back position? Jones or Kenny?

Sam Hoare
7 Posted 27/01/2015 at 07:50:05
Sounds like Jones playing at right back, Rafizi. Kenny is pretty versatile and probably playing at CB.
Mike Oates
8 Posted 27/01/2015 at 10:07:45
Read on the Fulham site that Bangna was carried off with a real bad injury after a terrible tackle by Ledson. He has to be careful as his game seems to be evolving into that of a hachet man. Remember Krasnodar and the number of free kicks he gave away?
Sam Hoare
9 Posted 27/01/2015 at 11:35:32
I dunno, Mike. You never want to injure someone on purpose but we could use a bit of nastiness in our team. He has to learn when it's appropriate and when to hold back but having someone the opponents think twice about is no bad thing. Roy Keane being the obvious example.
Liam Reilly
10 Posted 27/01/2015 at 12:37:27
I get why Green is only a sub (bad injury); but why is Ledson only a sub? Also; shouldn't Browning be getting match fit in the Under-21s?
Phil Sammon
11 Posted 27/01/2015 at 12:42:32
Interesting one, Liam. Conor Grant looked terrific at times last year so I wouldn't begrudge him starting games.

We seem to have a lot of class in the U21s: Green, Grant, Ledson, Kenny, Williams, Kennedy, Browning, McAleny. I'm just begging for some of these lads to step up and make the grade. We have far too many promising stars that just drift away.

Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 27/01/2015 at 14:37:32
Liam, I think Browning is away with the first team getting some training and getting more time with them.
James Joseph
13 Posted 27/01/2015 at 16:46:12
Mike (8), not sure where you found that about a Ledson tackle. I couldn't get to the game last night but I saw no mention of it on the Fulham website. According to that, Bangna completed the game as they didn't use any subs.

I was pleased with Unsworth's comments about the performance: " It was full of determination, guts, quality, real desire and that never-say-die attitude that, for me, epitomises an Everton player."

Let's hope the first team show plenty of that in the coming weeks.

Phill Thompson
14 Posted 27/01/2015 at 17:51:48
Yeah Kenny has been CB most of the season, but of course was right back for England U17s last year, and at times has played DFM. He seems quite small for a CB, although possibly still growing, but terrific heading ability.

While I haven't looked properly, from memory, all the outfield players have been capped for their country at some age level.

Harold Matthews
15 Posted 27/01/2015 at 18:09:03
We're not rushing the 17-year-olds Dowell and Ledson. Neither played in the great 2-0 win the other day.

Ledson for Grant makes sense if the opposition are scoring goals. Conor is a terrific passer of the ball but is not so good at closing down and regaining possession.

Kenny is the leader. Never shuts up, very alert and as hard as nails. He, Williams and Ledson are pretty tough characters.

Unsy has been full of praise for Connolly, a lad I know little about. Says he's the type of player wingers hate.

Dave Abrahams
16 Posted 27/01/2015 at 18:45:33
Everton see Jojo Kenny's future as a defensive midfield player, that's why he plays at right back or centre back, he is learning the defenders role in these positions.

Anyone who has seen Jojo can see he is a very determined player with the will to win engrained in his make up.

I reckon he will play one or two senior games next season.

James Joseph
17 Posted 27/01/2015 at 19:19:10
Kenny has always impressed me and it's a sign of how highly the club rate him that he's captaining the U21s when he's still only 17.

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