Both Osman and Pienaar were hoping to take another step on their respective roads to recovery from injury while Kone was presumably in need of minutes to keep himself match sharp having not started for the Blues since New Year's Day.
The two midfielders completed 70 minutes before being withdrawn. Kone, meanwhile, was substituted in the 81st minute.
Everton: Griffiths, Jones, Connelly, Kenny, Galloway, Ledson, Osman (70' Walsh), Dowell, Pienaar (70' Green), Henen, Kone (81' Charsley).
Subs not Used: Hunt, Langton
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1 Posted 17/02/2015 at 19:20:55
2 Posted 17/02/2015 at 19:27:35
3 Posted 17/02/2015 at 19:30:34
So okay, try keep it at 1-0 and try and pinch one. Moyes however threw AJ on, meaning 2 up front, to try and get an equalizer, and we promptly went 2-0 down.
If we are one down on Thursday by all means change the forward if we have to, but don't go two up front.
4 Posted 17/02/2015 at 19:42:15
5 Posted 17/02/2015 at 19:46:30
6 Posted 17/02/2015 at 19:58:14
7 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:03:46
8 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:07:34
9 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:08:38
13 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:25:17
14 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:26:10
15 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:25:59
16 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:30:54
Disgusting, studs up and lunges in on Pienaar and if that is in the Premier League he is off.
Fortunate to get a yellow and is immediately subbed off for Willock.
17 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:30:22
18 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:34:43
19 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:37:49
20 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:39:36
21 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:40:45
22 Posted 17/02/2015 at 20:40:10
27 Posted 17/02/2015 at 21:36:39
28 Posted 17/02/2015 at 22:55:49
29 Posted 18/02/2015 at 06:47:32
30 Posted 18/02/2015 at 11:29:32
I was impressed overall; Unsworth was barking orders and pumping fists and the lads seemed disciplined and fired up.
The three senior players did okay: Osman on the periphery, Pienaar some neat touches winning him a dozen freekicks as he does Â– those two obviously just building fitness. Kone looked strong and held the ball up well, linking play impressively.
Of those I hadn't seen live before, Galloway was absolutely magnificent Â– very commanding and impressive, big presence, quick and comfortable bringing the ball out, reminded me of a more aggressive Stones (which ain't too shabby!).
Kieran Dowell carries the ball well and made a couple of driving runs forward. David Henen was quiet first half and seemed disinterested, looked every inch the pampered footballer, nice touch and skill but going the motions and didn't want to get his socks dirty. Second half he was more involved and impressed.
JonJoe Kenny caught the eye with his organising and reading of play but seems very small for his position. George Green came on towards the end, small and stocky, tried a few fancy things that didn't come off and got booked for twatting the ball away in frustration Â– miles away from a U21 start on this viewing.
Keeper Griffiths looked solid, barking orders well and made some great saves. If I had to pick any future first teamers: Galloway looks ready to replace Jags in the not too distant.
31 Posted 18/02/2015 at 14:48:31
32 Posted 18/02/2015 at 20:26:19
33 Posted 18/02/2015 at 19:24:14
34 Posted 18/02/2015 at 23:38:27
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