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Under-21s secure vital win over West Ham

08/05/2015  Comments (8)  jump
Everton U21s completed a successful bid to stave off relegation as they beat the Hammers' second string 2-1 at Rush Green Sports Ground.

Chris Long, recalled from his loan spell with Brentford to help the cause, opened the scoring in the first half before Kieran Dowell's deflected free kick early in the second half doubled the advantage.

Djair Parfitt-Williams pulled a goal back for the home side mid-way through the second period but the Blues held on.

David Unsworth's side needed to win and hope that Fulham didn't beat Spurs to ensure they stayed in the U21s Premier League.  

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Patrick Murphy
1 Posted 08/05/2015 at 21:42:19
Spurs beat Fulham 2-0 so the lads are guaranteed their place in the division next term.
Trevor Lynes
2 Posted 08/05/2015 at 22:46:01
They are still a below par bunch IMO.
Harold Matthews
3 Posted 09/05/2015 at 00:49:20
Thanks Patrick. Right on the ball again. Great news.
Sam Hoare
4 Posted 09/05/2015 at 07:06:21
Well done lads. Hope a few can push on this Summer. Looking mainly at Galloway, Ledson, Dowell and Long.
Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 09/05/2015 at 08:58:43
Sam, letÂ’s hope you are right, I think Long could have been used this season, given the lack of genuine strikers at the club, he definitely has a good chance provided he is given one.
Paul Ellam
6 Posted 09/05/2015 at 10:00:10
I agree with Sam. I would like to see at least those four make progress into the first-team squad.
Patrick Murphy
7 Posted 09/05/2015 at 12:14:29
David Unsworth said about last night “For the first time this season, I asked them for a win as opposed to a performance and they did that."

I know young players have to learn and that results arenÂ’t the be-all and end-all at this point in their careers; however, surely they should be asked to give a performance that results in a victory?

Good habits breed good players and a winning mentality surely starts at an early stage of their development, to lower the bar and ask only for performance apart from on specific occasions seems odd to me, but perhaps IÂ’m being a little harsh.

Ant Dwyer
9 Posted 10/05/2015 at 00:06:41
IÂ’m happy we won this game as the team looked very strong, we have to get some of these lads through for next season as we will have to get rid of around 10 first team players imo.

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