U23s in goalless draw with Man Utd

Monday, 27 November, 2017 7comments  |  Jump to most recent

Everton Under-23s and Manchester United Under-23s played out a goalless draw in the Premier League 2 at Southport on Monday night.

After an opening six minutes that saw Bassala Sambou have three attempts on goal, the first of which was after just 30 seconds, it was a largely uninspiring contest with genuine openings very much at a premium.

Sambou was twice denied by smart saves, while his third early effort cleared the crossbar.

Everton U23s: Hewelt; Markelo, Garbutt, Walsh, Feeney [Y], Gibson, Bowler (57' Hornby) Adeniran, Sambou (73' Broadhead), Henen, Evans (82' Charsley).
Subs not Used: Renshaw, Foulds.


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Matthew Williams
1 Posted 27/11/2017 at 22:26:18
A point gained!
Justin Doone
2 Posted 27/11/2017 at 23:59:11
Good to get a point after a few indifferent results and performances.

If only the first team could keep a clean sheet.

Hopefully welcoming Unsworth back into the U23 set-up soon.

Liam Reilly
3 Posted 28/11/2017 at 08:20:21
I don't think he should go back to the U23s, Justin. If he wants a career in Management then he needs to prove himself in the Championship first and maybe come back in the future.

The squad is so unbalanced and that coupled with his inexperience and the boards procrastination was a perfect storm which did him no favours.

He's got a lot to offer but clearly a lot to learn also.

Phill Thompson
4 Posted 28/11/2017 at 13:34:57
The clean sheet was a positive and Gibson and Feeney looked a good combination as the CBs, something to build on there. Walsh is getting back to playing like he used to.

Our best player for me was Josh Bowler who was a constant problem for their defence and could have scored until strangely being taken off after 57 mins – what do I know eh!

Harry Charsley added a bit of bite to the attack when he came on, Hornby too was putting in an effort, but as attackers the trio of Evans, Sambou and Henen didn't do enough for me in the time they were on.

Phil Brown
5 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:18:23
Perhaps more importantly, how did our only other left footed player get on? Is he ready to support Baines by playing in front of him for away games or even to give him a rest by playing left back.

I couldn't believe that Siggy was playing on the left supposedly helping Baines to defend that flank. Garbutt surely would do a much better job and help keep the score down.

Phill Thompson
6 Posted 29/11/2017 at 11:19:17
Phil (#5), yeah Lewis Gibson played well as our left footed CB and has shown up well when playing at left back for England U17s and us. Though he’s physically well built at 17, he’s probably a bit young to cover Premier League left back but I have high hopes for him.

Garbutt was okay, still delivers a wicked dead ball, hard to tell if he’s now Premier League ready, but criminal that he wasn’t in the squad we submitted. He deserves a chance, but will obviously have to wait until January, and who knows what Big Sam will think?

John Smith
7 Posted 30/11/2017 at 12:14:25
Who was coaching?

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