Everton U23s lost 3-1 to Wolfsburg in the opening fixture of their Premier League International Cup campaign at Southport.
This was the fist of the group games, which will see David Unsworth's men also face Derby County and Dinamo Zagreb, and it marked the return to action of James McCarthy.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder has been sidelined with a knee injury since July but he came through the first 45 minutes against Wolfsburg before making way at half-time.
Everton were ahead at that point thanks to Boris Mathis's opener and a brilliant stop by Louis Gray at the other end to deny Julian Justvan.
The German side were the stronger in the second half, however, and goals from Murat Saglam and substitute Abdallah El-Haibi turned the game on its head. Blaz Kramer added a late third to seal the win.
“McCarthy is doing full training but it's too soon to bring him in," first team boss Ronald Koeman had said of the midfielder last Thursday. "He will do some more training sessions, he will get more game time next Tuesday in the U23s and then I think he is back for the first team
“I'm not interested in [Roy Keane's] comments,” Koeman continued when asked his thought's on saracastic remarks made by Ireland head coach, Martin O'Neill's assistant suggesting that Everton's “scientists” should take more responsibility for the treatment of their player.
“The player had several problems physically. We tried to solve that problem and he's now back. For the first time they (Ireland) did a good thing by not playing the player in his current state of fitness.
“OK, we'd like to bring him back. He's an important player for us but we don't like to take risks and that's good for us and let's hope he'll be totally fit for next weekend.”
Everton U23s: Gray, Markello, Foulds, Ouzounidis, Garbutt, Adeniran, McCarthy (46' Bowler), Denny (66' Donkor), Charsley, Broadhead, Mathis (57' Lavery).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Byrne./p>
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1 Posted 16/10/2017 at 21:44:45
2 Posted 17/10/2017 at 05:40:34
Apart from the obvious of players possibly being involved in both (or neither for the likes of Kenny), I'd have thought there would be an attraction playing at a club's main stadium.
3 Posted 17/10/2017 at 12:21:38
It seems he's targeting the PL2, but I'd have thought some of our better players would have relished playing against Wolfsburg for the experience.
4 Posted 17/10/2017 at 14:07:07
5 Posted 17/10/2017 at 19:02:52
Gray, Markello Foulds Ouzounidis Garbutt, Adeniran McCarthy Denny Charsley, Broadhead Mathis
Subs: Donkor, Byrne, Lavery, Bowler, Hilton
6 Posted 17/10/2017 at 19:22:04
7 Posted 17/10/2017 at 19:26:59
If it is on a link, can you post the link? Thanks, Charlie.
8 Posted 17/10/2017 at 19:29:23
9 Posted 17/10/2017 at 19:49:17
He calmed down a bit about 20 mins in, he was nearly booked, then was steady.
Could do with his tenacious play in the first team. He's executing the pressing game Koeman apparently favours.
10 Posted 17/10/2017 at 20:02:41
11 Posted 17/10/2017 at 20:03:47
12 Posted 17/10/2017 at 20:15:08
Wolfsburg just equalised. 60 mins. Its been coming. They have more joy in midfield since McCarthy departed.
13 Posted 17/10/2017 at 20:20:11
14 Posted 17/10/2017 at 20:21:23
15 Posted 17/10/2017 at 20:30:13
It's been coming. Too much room on the right side. Markelo and Bowler are struggling to contain them.
16 Posted 17/10/2017 at 20:32:53
17 Posted 17/10/2017 at 20:33:27
18 Posted 17/10/2017 at 20:39:30
19 Posted 17/10/2017 at 20:51:02
Lots of usual U23 players missing tonight though.
20 Posted 17/10/2017 at 20:54:04
21 Posted 17/10/2017 at 21:12:24
22 Posted 18/10/2017 at 01:45:33
23 Posted 18/10/2017 at 03:35:48
26 Posted 18/10/2017 at 08:13:13
Not for me.
Garbutt was okay defensively. He kept it fairly tight first half but didn't get as close second half as they chased the game from going behind. Towards the end he was done a few times with simple give and goes.
More worryingly, he offered little going forward. He had Charsley in front of him first time and they just didn't play off each other. He resorted to pumping a few aimless balls up the wing and didn't make it up the line too often to cross.
He was on corner duty and his delivery was pretty decent.
It's not the first time I've watched him this season and I just don't see him having enough to challenge Baines. He should be consistently standing out at this level and he just doesn't.
Let's not forget that he's had two patchy loan spells at Wigan & Fulham also where over the season he never nailed the left-back position. He's 24 now not 19. I reckon his time has passed.
27 Posted 18/10/2017 at 08:13:49
29 Posted 18/10/2017 at 08:21:21
Deserves another crack though.
30 Posted 18/10/2017 at 09:15:05
31 Posted 18/10/2017 at 09:48:03
32 Posted 18/10/2017 at 10:59:00
34 Posted 18/10/2017 at 12:51:55
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