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Under-21s held by Norwich

20/04/2015  Comments (12)  jump
Tyias Browning's header 12 minutes from time salvaged a draw for Everton against the Canaries' U21s at Carrow Road this evening.

The hosts took an early lead when Carlton Morris's deflected shot found the bottom corner with 10 minutes gone.

Morris almost doubled Norwich's advantage shortly before half time but Russell Griffiths denied him with a save and Liam Walsh stopped the follow-up on the goal line to keep it 1-0 going into half time.

Elliott Bennett hammered a shot off the post just before the hour mark before Calum Dyson fired wide and David Henen forced a save from Matthews as the Blues searched for an equaliser.

They made the breakthrough 12 minutes from time when Walsh's corner found the head of Tyias Browning and he scored.

Henen sliced a late shot wide as Everton tried to find a winner but it ended all square.

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Kenny {c}, Robinson, Browning, Galloway, Ledson, Dowell, Walsh, Davies, Connolly, Henen
Subs: Hunt, Dyson, Charsley, Langton, Byrne.  

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Phill Thompson
1 Posted 20/04/2015 at 22:49:26
Hmmm, it seems a long time since the U21s had a win and they are still in a relegation position. ItÂ’s important they donÂ’t get relegated and that they play in the top section next season. The u18s are going well but there seems to be a compression of fixtures into a short period meaning potentially some will play a succession of games for u18/u21. My impression is that things donÂ’t run as smoothly between u18/21 as in the Alan Irvine era. IÂ’ve no real substance to back that , just an impression, any views?
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 20/04/2015 at 23:21:20
IÂ’m under the impression that the U21s can play a couple at least of players who are over 21, we havenÂ’t included any in this team, and wondering how any games has Robles played since he was dumped out of the senior team by Martinez? This really bothers me.
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 20/04/2015 at 23:39:47
Browning sounds like a real talent. One to make the breakthrough next season?
Phil Sammon
4 Posted 21/04/2015 at 03:05:56
WhereÂ’s he going to play though, Colin? I canÂ’t see him ousting any of the current back four. He should be first defender off the bench though.

For me I think itÂ’s criminal that we havenÂ’t seen Henen while Lukaku has been out. Martinez seems completely unwilling to give youngsters a go.

Harold Matthews
5 Posted 21/04/2015 at 08:14:32
With 8 lads out on loan and half a dozen teenagers in the side, weÂ’re probably doing as well as could be expected.
Paul Cullen
6 Posted 21/04/2015 at 09:09:30
For what it's worth, living close by, I went along to watch the U21 team against Leicester last week. Based on that match, the two players who impressed me most were the centre-back, Brendan Galloway, and the small but skillfull midfielder, Liam Walsh.

Tyias Browning looked huge compared to all the rest including the opposition but didnÂ’t look particularly interested; Chris Long scored a good goal and went off injured; David Henen played left wing and was a bit detached from it all; he also went off injured... not sure he has the physique to lead the line.

Joe Royle was there and seemed to be enjoying himself. David Unsworth looked like he is following the Neville Southall diet; me, my daughter and one other local blue formed the away contingent!

I guess you should read my player ratings with caution as I once came back from Peter Reid’s first game declaring that he was just an Easter egg with boots on and also famously declared on another occasion that Ratcliffe was the worst left back I had ever seen (to be fair, he was poor at left back) – so what do I know!

Phill Thompson
7 Posted 21/04/2015 at 10:12:49
Paul, where was Antonee Robinson playing? In both recent team sheets heÂ’s down in the centre defence, but with Browning & Galloway also playing in the centre IÂ’m confused. HeÂ’s been talked about as a player of promise but suffered from injuries this season.
Paul Cullen
8 Posted 21/04/2015 at 10:29:26
Hi Phill

Yes he played left back with Browning & Galloway as centre backs he looked okay actually, though the goalie Griffiths was on his back a lot and it seemed to affect him a bit nerves-wise.

Harold Matthews
9 Posted 21/04/2015 at 10:26:27
Cheers Paul, Reidy is now an Easter egg with a mike.

Leicester are a well organised specialist U21 side with wins against big Euro outfits.

Paul Cullen
10 Posted 21/04/2015 at 10:46:20
Harold – I think he looks thinner now than when he was playing!

You are right about Leicester – they had a couple of first-team players in the team: Knockart and Liam Moore.

James Joseph
11 Posted 21/04/2015 at 11:54:02
Paul, I agree with your assessment of Galloway. I think heÂ’ll be knocking on the door of the 1st team next year, ahead of Browning. KennyÂ’s another one I rate although his size goes against him as a centre-back so not sure where heÂ’ll end up. Liam Walsh is definitely one for the future but, at 17, heÂ’s still a few years away.
Peter Mills
12 Posted 21/04/2015 at 21:40:50
Paul (#6), Kevin Ratcliffe was indeed inept at left back. Billy Kenny and Tony Grant looked world beaters when they first got into the team. I always thought Jack Rodwell had great promise, and said Seamus was hopeless when I saw him play for the reserves. Colin Harvey got slaughtered by the Goodison crowd when he was young. There has only been Rooney who left no room for doubt.

I wonder how Ross will fare, but I do know it is far too early for anyone to write him off.

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