U23s put three past Blackburn Rovers

Friday, 31 September, 2018 17comments  |  Jump to last

Everton U23s won again, this time on the road at the County Ground in Leyland where they triumphed over their counterparts from Blackburn Rovers.

Antony Evans's first-half strike put the away side ahead before Nathan Broadhead's goal and a second from Evans secured victory for the Toffees after the break.

Everton U23s: Virginia, Markelo, Galloway, Charsley, Browning, Feeney, Evans, Adeniran (86' Foulds), Hornby (75' Gordon), Sambou (86' Lavery), Broadhead.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Bowler.


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Simon Smith
1 Posted 01/09/2018 at 00:56:12
Can anyone post the full team?
Steve Ferns
2 Posted 01/09/2018 at 01:18:32
That's us top of PL2 and the U18 league. Come on, first team, you've got to follow suit!
David Barks
3 Posted 01/09/2018 at 01:45:20

I think you'd agree that what is most important is that these younger players be brought up in the same “system” that we're trying to employ as a club. That's one of the most important things I goin from that docu-series on Man City, that from the top down they were focusing on the youth set up and instilling real football into those players.

Do you have any insight as to how that's being done at this early stage? I can only imagine those players must have been completely shielded from Allardyce.

Steve Ferns
4 Posted 01/09/2018 at 02:44:10
Don’t worry David, Koeman has the youth teams training far from the first team. Allardyce won’t have had time to knock those walls down. I bet Brands will be interested to know how it used to be and I bet he’s putting it back how it was before Koeman.

There was a lot of work done over the summer. As to exactly what I don’t know. It’s been 3 years now since my cousin played against our youth sides so I’m well out of the loop these days.

David Barks
5 Posted 01/09/2018 at 02:50:00
Yeah, thought so Steve. That was one of the things I most adamantly agreed with during Martinez’ reign, that the youth setup should be very connected to playing the “type” of football they is expected at the senior level. I sincerely hope that is being reinstalled.

Especially when it comes to defense. Very interesting to read in the archive about how those Kendall glory years using zonal marking as a staple. As Ratcliffe pointed out, it took a little time to learn but it was incredibly successful. We should be having all our youth teams using a similar system. It will only benefit them and us.

Kevin Prytherch
6 Posted 01/09/2018 at 10:13:01
I think the last couple of years, the U23’s have been set up how Unsworths wants. There’s been variations of formations played.

Last night (someone correct me on this if I’m wrong) the line up looked like it was a 4-3-3, which would be the same as the first team. (Sambou, Hornby and Broadhead up front)

Is it a sign that we are getting the teams playing the same systems?

David Cash
8 Posted 02/09/2018 at 13:12:52
I think the system Unsy's team has a little more emphasis on keeping clean sheets. I have watched with interest, especially defending corners and although he does have two on the 6-yard line with licence to attack the ball, the rest are definitely man marking.
Victor Yu
9 Posted 02/09/2018 at 13:16:56
Why isn't Davies in the squad?
Steve Ferns
10 Posted 02/09/2018 at 13:20:10
Because he plays for the first team and is nominated for being the best U21 player in Europe.
Bill Griffiths
11 Posted 02/09/2018 at 13:32:10
Give it a rest Victor.
Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 02/09/2018 at 20:01:04
Did anyone see the game, nice to see Anthony Evans score a brace, how did the team play overall?
Steve Ferns
13 Posted 02/09/2018 at 20:33:10
Only saw the highlights Dave. The goals are on the official YouTube site.
Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 03/09/2018 at 16:54:00
Tried that, Steve; can't get it, it's not on the Everton fan site.
Graham Williams
15 Posted 03/09/2018 at 17:32:25
Anyone know where Galloway was playing (presumably either left centre-back or left-back), and how he got on? I still have hopes for him – even though he doesn't seem to have pulled up any trees during his loan spells. He hasn't been loaned out this time though.

He's been criticised in the past for being too one-footed (ie, his left), but that still makes him a bit of a rarity. Future back-up for Digne?

Paul Thompson
17 Posted 03/09/2018 at 22:52:22
The goals are on GOT's youth teams thread:


Justin Doone
18 Posted 04/09/2018 at 09:06:20
It would make sense if all youth teams play in a similar way to the first team so players can understand their own roles as well as that of their team mates.

The zonal marking would also be better understood although I believe there needs to be a fusion with 5 zones identified and the rest man marking.

Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 04/09/2018 at 13:29:38
Paul (#17), thanks for the link, pictures are a bit long distance but you can make out some of the play and are better than not seeing them. Thanks again.

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