U23s recover to beat Hammers

Monday, 1 October, 2018 15comments  |  Jump to last

Everton Under-23s came from behind to beat West Ham United 2-1 and return to the top of the Premier League 2 table.

The Hammers went in front early in the second half against the run of play at Southport's Merseyrail Community Stadium on Monday night.

The young Blues hit back almost immediately, however, Morgan Feeney heading home his first goal since returning from knee surgery.

Bassala Sambou then slotted home a penalty with 11 minutes to go to complete the turnaround.

Everton U23s: Hilton, Charsley, Foulds, Browning, Galloway (29' Feeney), Bowler (83' Mampala), Adeniran, Markelo, Broadhead, Evans (56' Hornby), Sambou.
Subs not Used: Hewelt, Lavery.


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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 02/10/2018 at 04:54:33
Sorry I missed a "heads-up" on this one. Seems it had the 24-hour Live blog at the Official Website.

Now they're on a bit of a break for 3 weeks (after 5 games in 11 days), time to see who's getting a game and who isn't. Here are the appearance and goals stats so far this season.

[Penington and Joe Williams are now out on loan.]
Dowell not getting many games.
Hornby getting games but not many goals...
Feeney coming back from injury, normally a regular.
Hewelt not getting any games (but often on the Subs bench).
Denny is out injured.
Mathis, Gibson, and Hansen were all newcomers last season, not playing...

Sam Hoare
2 Posted 02/10/2018 at 06:12:24
Youth teams doing well this season. Is Lewis Gibson injured? Seemed that Unsworth was a big fan of his last season.
Dave Round
3 Posted 02/10/2018 at 09:41:58
Sam @2. I have been trying to keep an eye out for him as well as I have a mate who is a Newcastle fan and said he was close to making a first-team appearance for them before we signed him a year or two ago but I've not heard much of him since.
Phill Thompson
4 Posted 02/10/2018 at 12:27:17
Yeah Gibson is still injured, I don’t think he’s played a competitive game this season, which is a shame he’s a fine young player who was developing a good partnership with Feeney last season. Shame we get little info on injuries to our youngsters.
Michael, thanks for the appearances and stats table. It’s nice to see Sambou banging in the goals, we’ve not had a prolific goalscorer for our u21/23s for years. I believe there’s an U23s game this Friday in the Premier League Cup group, there’s a couple of these tournaments going on at the moment.
U18s top of their league too, not a bad start from our youngsters.
Jay Wood

5 Posted 02/10/2018 at 12:39:21
No highlights of the goals from this game available yet, but there are highlights of the 2-0 win over Benfica on Friday available.

As that thread has sunk below the waves, I'll post the link here. Two fine goals by Broadhead and Bowler:


Brent Stephens
6 Posted 02/10/2018 at 12:52:16
Everton have taken their eye of the ball. The Match tab, U23s always includes venue when you click on the name of the opposition. There was nothing about this one. Somebody posted it was at Southport-on-Sea (all sand, no sea) but I could see nothing on the website to that effect.
Jay Wood

7 Posted 02/10/2018 at 13:18:56
They also haven't updated the U-23 league table, even though we are topping it Brent.

They have us down as mid-table, having played just one game.

Phill Thompson
8 Posted 02/10/2018 at 14:06:49
Jay, I've found there are highlights on the West Ham website, sorry can't do a link, on my iPad. A cleverly directed semi-diving header from Feeney, good run to earn penalty from Sambou with a cheeky finish.
Brent Stephens
9 Posted 02/10/2018 at 14:21:07
Jay, "They also haven't updated the U-23 league table, even though we are topping it Brent".

I think that's a cunning plan. The opposition next due to play us will look at the table and think "they're only mid-table, so can't be that good – we'll play a few U18s."

Michael Kenrick
10 Posted 02/10/2018 at 16:16:39
Here's the link to those West Ham Highlights:

Highlights: Everton U23s 2 - 1 West Ham U23s

This is well worth a watch; some great footy from Unsie's Boys in Blue, and a great diving header, brilliant technique from Morgan Feeney. Fraser Hornby scored but was flagged offside and he of course questioned the decision.

John Dean
11 Posted 03/10/2018 at 23:43:47
The highlights on West Ham's website shows goal threats as well as goals. I wonder why the Everton website has only enough interest to show goals scored?
Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 04/10/2018 at 21:06:16
Michael (10), thanks for the link, Bowler did some fancy dribbles there didn't he? Very good.
Brian Wilkinson
13 Posted 05/10/2018 at 13:33:22
The one thing that does surprise me is our lack of a goal scorer and Hornby's name thrown up into the mix for a call-up to the first team with his performances. I see no reason why we should not get him on the bench with the odd run out.

However, I never see any calls to give Bassala Sambou a go; now I do not get the chance to see the U23s but his name normally pops up on the goal scorers column, sometimes after coming off the bench.

So any regular posters who view the games either attending or watching the U23s on a stream, what can you tell any of us about the games he has played.

Is he a goal poacher who gets lucky? Is he a quality player who can create and score a chance? The reason I ask is his name never seems to crop up in discussions...

So, is he a good player? Is he a poor player but scores with the odd chance? Can anyone enlighten me more about Sambou and an honest view on the guy?

Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 05/10/2018 at 13:57:35
Bassla Sambou, to me, is similar to Danny Cademateri (the young striker who scored in the Derby game a few years ago): loads of energy and plenty of movement, but Idoubt very much if he is ready at this time. Same with Fraser Hornby: plenty of potential. Anthony Evans is the best of the these three (in my opinion) — a good football brain, can make and score goals, but again, I wouldn't play him yet; wait until we get a settled team and start putting some good results together, then play Evans or Hornby off the bench.

At the moment, I'd start and persevere with Calvert-Lewin and play Niasse off the bench, but everyone will have their own opinion who should start as the striker until we go all out and buy a proven goal scorer in the future... easier said than done!

Plenty on here will tell us, I hope Mr Brands is diligently looking for one now at every opportunity.

Brian Wilkinson
16 Posted 05/10/2018 at 22:02:38
Cheers, Dave, for the heads-up on players.

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