Everton Under-23s suffered their first Premier League 2 defeat of the season, beaten 1-0 by Leicester City at Haig Avenue in Southport.
The young Blues struggled to impose themselves on the game before half-time but threw everything they had at rescuing something from the contest after the break.
One of the changes David Unsworth made was to bring on Jose Baxter as a second-half substitute, who has not played for Everton for 5 years, as a significant step in rebuilding the player's career after a 12-month drug ban ended this summer.
Bassala Sambou came closest with a header that narrowly missed the target — but Leicester clung on, with goalscorer Knight capping a fine personal display with a brave block on substitute Jose Baxter's penalty-box drive in the game's final knockings.
Everton U23s: Gray; Kenny, Foulds, Baningime, Connolly; Gibson, Charsley, Walsh (62' Feeney), Sambou, Evans (55' Baxter), Donkor (55' Jones).
Subs not Used: Renshaw, Bowler.
Match Report at EvertonFC.com
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1 Posted 18/08/2017 at 16:41:24
3 Posted 18/08/2017 at 23:49:04
4 Posted 19/08/2017 at 09:33:47
5 Posted 19/08/2017 at 09:52:28
6 Posted 19/08/2017 at 13:45:58
There is also a report in the Liverpool Echo about the game.
If you did go fill us in about the game.
7 Posted 19/08/2017 at 13:52:14
8 Posted 19/08/2017 at 14:05:45
What did you make of Gibson? He is the lad from Newcastle who is very highly rated. Also Sambou a striker who was bought last year from Coventry I think?
9 Posted 19/08/2017 at 14:09:02
I think it was Sambou who failed to jump with the man at the far post when we conceded.
10 Posted 19/08/2017 at 14:37:16
11 Posted 19/08/2017 at 15:07:34
12 Posted 19/08/2017 at 15:26:52
Nobody deserves such treatment, do unto others
13 Posted 19/08/2017 at 15:28:03
14 Posted 19/08/2017 at 15:29:11
15 Posted 19/08/2017 at 15:31:38
16 Posted 19/08/2017 at 15:36:41
17 Posted 19/08/2017 at 15:40:04
18 Posted 19/08/2017 at 15:49:42
I have a feeling that Niasse will go nowhere till deadline day then it'll be another loan.
19 Posted 19/08/2017 at 15:58:32
20 Posted 19/08/2017 at 16:11:23
I was thinking away games where the whole of the first team squad don't normally travel.
Did he not travel to Africa or the Netherlands?
21 Posted 19/08/2017 at 18:05:44
I wonder what happened to that 16-year-old Dutch striker, Joshua Zirkzee?
22 Posted 19/08/2017 at 18:25:28
23 Posted 19/08/2017 at 18:44:16
24 Posted 19/08/2017 at 18:49:57
25 Posted 19/08/2017 at 22:05:54
26 Posted 20/08/2017 at 07:45:25
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29 Posted 20/08/2017 at 07:49:49
30 Posted 20/08/2017 at 10:25:42
31 Posted 20/08/2017 at 10:32:46
Hopefully he will go out on loan to a decent championship club, and get back in the frame for the first team squad.
32 Posted 20/08/2017 at 12:04:41
33 Posted 20/08/2017 at 12:42:19
34 Posted 20/08/2017 at 19:32:58
Venue must have been a late announcement as like others I thought it was either at FF or Goodison, lucky for me it was in Southport. Lovely evening, pitch in good condition and a decent crowd for Southport.
4-2-3-1 formation with Beni & Walsh the "2". Leicester's physicality and energy seemed to put us off our game, especially in the first half. Apart from Leicester's goal there was nothing much of note in the first half, lots of frenetic footie and not a lot of quality.
First half - Walsh did his usual midfield general but not a lot worked for him. Beni had one particularly impressive mazy run stopped at the edge of the box. Kenny was unusually quiet by his standards and frankly would not have impressed any of the watching grown-ups. Connolly at CB seemed to struggle with Leicester's physical approach, Gibson alongside looked like the kind of lad you pay big bucks for what is he 17 ? not a big lad but he's got something about him.
Throughout the first half I noticed this slightly older, physically stronger looking sub warming up constantly. He also showed great enthusiasm during the half-time kick about shaking everyone's hand before the second half kicked off. He genuinely looked happy to be there and it was nice to see. Turns out its Jose Baxter.
Second half was a lot brighter, Unsie had obviously had a word and we were constantly attacking with a lot more purpose and shape. Walsh had a cracking free kick from 25 yards tipped over. The substitutions made a big difference.
Those that left: Donkor - disappointing, did very little of note and lost possession. Evans - has rarely impressed me and was disappointing too. Walsh - was really starting to run the game at the time he was taken off.
Connolly moved into central mid, Feeney slotted in alongside Gibson (that pairing looked solid), Jones added 'presence' on the right of midfield, put himself about and this brought Kenny into the game more and Baxter seemed to have a roaming role. Connolly moving into mid gave Beni more free rein too.
Despite constant attacking and coming close on many occasions, Baxter coming closest, we couldn't score.
Gray in goal stayed on his line too much for my liking. didn't command his box.
Charsley - got booked midway through the 1st half slightly below par thereafter.
Sambou - first time I've seen him and based on what I saw he is way off the 1st team.
We were nowhere near as good as we were in the corresponding fixture last year (3-1), we just couldn't overcome their energy and physicality. The ref allowed them to get away with lots of 'dirty football' which threw us off our game.
Niasse would have been a lot more effective than Sambou, MoM, Beni, Jones and Kenny on the right works well, left mid / attacking mid - hope to see Baxter start.
Leicester had no 'names' in their team, though are coached by the aptly named Steve Beaglehole.
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