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U21s beaten by Chelsea

23/04/2015  Comments (8)  jump
Everton's Under-21s were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea in Aldershot this evening.

David Unsworth's side were trailing 1-0 to Jordan Houghton's first-half goal heading into the closing stages when substitute Tammy Abraham scored twice in the last eight minutes to wrap up the win for the Londoners.

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Jones, Browning, Galloway, Robinson, Walsh, Kenny, Davies (Byrne 68'), Henen, Dyson (Dowell 83'), Connolly (Charsley 55').
Subs not used: Hunt, Ledson.  

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Kristian Boyce
1 Posted 24/04/2015 at 03:18:33
CouldnÂ’t imagine playing anywhere worse.
Rafizi Ariffin
2 Posted 24/04/2015 at 05:32:41
I thought we had a good U21 squad but weÂ’re in the relegation zone... 11th position out of 12 teams... What happened? I assume we have 4 games left.
Mark Louch
3 Posted 24/04/2015 at 09:26:00
Actually as a local, I went along and the playing surface was Premier League standard!

I read a lot on the site about the youngsters getting into the team and was therefore really interested to see for myself. On the evidence of just this match, none of them are are ready yet.

Browning and Galloway clearly are stronger lads and, Galloway in particular, looks like he could develop. The standout player was Walsh in midfield; tiny in stature but very capable footballer and only 17.

Henen, bags of skill but flattered to deceive. The left back, although responsible for the first goal, looked as though he had good qualities.

Finally Dowell in just 7 minutes showed real ability and Charsley/Byrne energy and commitment.

3-0 to Chelsea was hugely flattering but we created just 2 or 3 chances all game; loads of passing, skill but no real cutting edge.

Harold Matthews
4 Posted 24/04/2015 at 19:56:57
Rafizi, We have 8 lads out on loan and a team full of kids who have been accelerated through the system. Unsworth says weÂ’re beginning to look like a youth team.
Phil Brown
5 Posted 24/04/2015 at 21:21:17
And up against a very strong outfit, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a class act but doesnÂ’t affect the game enough yet ala Ross Barkley. A few of their players had outplayed Man City in the Youth Cup final earlier this week.

Our boys were behind CFC in terms of technique, fitness and speed but, considering the age difference, did fairly well although we lacked real creativity.

Henen looked like he had something about him but I was surprised how skinny he was, he needs to add a fair bit of power to get anywhere near the Premier League.

A bit of a disappointment but Chelsea really do have the very best at youth levels.

Barry Pearce
7 Posted 25/04/2015 at 10:14:37
Does anyone know whatÂ’s happening with Ryan Ledson? I see he was only a substitute. A short while ago, he was being touted as first team material.
Phill Thompson
8 Posted 25/04/2015 at 12:44:13
I remain puzzled by the inconsistent strategy with our youngsters, eg: Sam Byrne comes in and eats a 3-year contract but seemingly never warrants a starting place at this level; Henen plays every week yet we wouldnÂ’t / havenÂ’t yet taken a chance on giving him a contract... And donÂ’t get me started as to why the Garbutt situation wasnÂ’t sorted a year ago.

We seem to lack someone able to pull all the disparate parts together for our youngsters since Irvine left.

Derek Thomas
9 Posted 25/04/2015 at 12:57:40
If the aim is, as has been stated, to have the younger teams, for many reasons, playing like the first team... then it is all coming together quite well.

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