Strike duo seal U23s win over Chelsea

Monday, 29 January, 2018 12comments  |  Jump to most recent
Fraser Hornby and Bassala Sambou combined for two goals as Everton's Under-23s beat Checkatrade Trophy semi-finalists Chelsea at the Merseyrail Community Stadium in Southport this evening.

The duo partnered each other again up front while Conor Grant returned to the side following the collapse of his proposed loan move to Plymouth.

Notable absentees from the side that beat Portsmouth last week were Luke Garbutt, who will be in the first-team squad on Wednesday, and Beni Baningime who might also be part of Sam Allardyce's thinking for the game against Leicester.

Everton took an early lead when the attacking partnership combined as Hornby converted Sambou's header on.

Chelsea equalised later in the first half through Redan, however, to leave things level at half time.

Everton's strike duo combined to restore the home side's lead when Hornby turned provider for Sambou to make it 2-1.

Everton: Hewelt, Markelo, Feeney {c}, Gibson, Foulds, Adeniran, Grant, Evans, Broadhead, Sambou, Hornby

Subs: Hilton, Denny, Baxter, Bowler, Lavery


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Brian Wilkinson
1 Posted 29/01/2018 at 19:42:32
Neither Garbutt or Baningime are in the squad; let's hope these two start on Wednesday.
Lev Vellene
2 Posted 29/01/2018 at 20:08:36
I was hoping we'd get these U23 games live on the EFC website or YouTube on a regular basis...
David Hallwood
3 Posted 29/01/2018 at 20:55:47
Why haven't they streamed this on Facebook?
Lee Jackson
4 Posted 29/01/2018 at 21:37:27
No Coleman either – a place on the subs bench for him come Wednesday?
Peter Gorman
5 Posted 29/01/2018 at 21:57:24
Lee, already been announced on the OS. More than a bit ridiculous.

Made up for the lads (again). This is a good result given the absentees.

Lee Jackson
6 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:16:57
Ah Peter, well, I refuse to visit the OS – too happy-clappy party-line when, in reality, its one big shit-show.

Good; I was debating watching the match (I''m at work) but I'll have to find a way now if only to see Seamus come on for the last 5 mins.

Sambou and Hornby seem to be building a great little partnership and Feeney continues to get good reviews.

Chad Schofield
7 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:49:02
Let's hope they are. Good result.
Gavin Johnson
8 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:56:32
Hornby looks like he's the real deal and a player with a big future ahead.

I'm surprised Sambou hasn't had any youth caps for England or Germany. Had a gander at his Wiki and there's nothing showing.

Keith Harrison
9 Posted 30/01/2018 at 00:24:44
How did Anthony Evans play? I really like the look of that lad.
Liam Reilly
10 Posted 30/01/2018 at 08:24:48
New look first team (or at least bench) for Wednesday.

Good; the first team need shaking up and a few are playing on reputation alone.

John Dean
11 Posted 30/01/2018 at 20:03:35
The game was live on Chelsea TV but they wouldn't even let Everton use their footage for the highlights on the Everton OS.

Mind, the shower who manage the website for Everton take the biscuit when it comes to highlights – playing the titles over the build-up to the first Everton goal and only showing the goals. Do they pay by the second to use the highlights or what?

Fair play to Chelsea commentators, they singled out their own twinned strikers for special mention.

Charlie Lloyd
12 Posted 30/01/2018 at 20:44:51
Sambou has scored a few goals recently but his first touch and awareness need plenty of work.

At one point he rounded the keeper and a simple pass to Hornby would have put him in but the pass went straight to a Chelsea defender.

He was asked to do a job on the left. He was okay but positionally was on at sea a few times and got some choice words from Unsworth.

Overall he's decent but nowhere near first team level.

Hornby offered all sorts. Tough, good touch, full of running and dangerous whenever he has the ball. He has decent vision too to bring others into play. He was impressive. This is only about the third time I've seen him over 90 minutes but he is getting much better.

Of the others. Feeney and Gibson were solid again at centre-back. There is no messing with either and they sniff out danger, albeit at this level, well. They communicate well and it was obvious they get on. They even wear the same type of boots! Old fashioned Adidas black.

Evans was decent again. Didn't contribute an assist or score in the game but was at the heart of most things. He does cover some ground too. At 19, he needs to kick on to make the first team. Possibly a loan to a Championship club would help his development like Dowell.

Jose Baxter came on as a sub. Looked in his 30s, he's actually 25 and has no pace left. Don't know where his next club will be after his contract expires.

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