10-man U23s the heroes as McCarthy returns

Saturday, 27 October, 2018 48comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U23s 1 - 0 Manchester City U23s
Everton Under-23s retained 1st place atop Premier League 2 when they defeated Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday night with James McCarthy returning in a game that was streamed LIVE on YouTube and at evertonfc.com.

The stream went live shortly before the 7pm kick-off with Darren Griffiths joined in the commentary box by Graham Stuart.

Everton's goalless draw at Arsenal on Monday kept them ahead of the Gunners at the top of Premier League 2, while Manchester City sit 6th in the table but only two points behind the Under-23s.

Beni Baningime plays again after a long injury layoff. James McCarthy was also fit to start after his long layoff since breaking his leg against West Brom in January.

Everton took an early lead, Sambou's relaxed style from the spot enough to bamboozle the City goalie. Sambou should have scored again but was a fraction slow pulling the trigger and the keeper anticipated well.

In true Everton fashion, the feed froze in the second half, just as Mason Holgate saw a second yellow card and then a red.

City proved to be a difficult and tenacious side, coming close on a few occasions in the keenly contested second half, but Everton U23s held on for a very important victory that further consolidates their lead atop Premier League 2.

Everton U23s: Virginia, Holgate [Y:; YR:78'], Browning, Feeney, Charsley, Dowell (90' Lavery), McCarthy, Baningime, Adeniran, Broadhead, Sambou (70' Gordon (83' John)).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Markelo.


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Mike Jones
1 Posted 26/10/2018 at 20:26:40
Does anyone know what parts of the ground are open?
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 26/10/2018 at 20:52:39
Usually it is just the Upper Bullens Road stand but, for the game next week versus the African team, it is just the Main Stand and the Family Enclosure. I don't know if this game (the African one) is a one-off.
Steve Ferns
4 Posted 27/10/2018 at 19:00:58
Very strong side:

Holgate Browning Feeney Charsley
Dowell McCarthy Baningime Adeniran Broadhead

Steve Ferns
5 Posted 27/10/2018 at 19:01:28
Yes. That’s James McCarthy.
Steve Ferns
6 Posted 27/10/2018 at 19:05:31
Everton have a penalty after 3 minutes.

Sambou won it. He got clattered, but not sure it definitely was a pen. He did a strange run up and buried it.

1-0 Everton.

We have a team full of first team experience. City have a side full of kids. We should be winning this.

Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 27/10/2018 at 19:23:41
Great to have a reporter there, Steve!
Steve Ferns
8 Posted 27/10/2018 at 19:25:31
It’s on YouTube mike. It’s far too cold to go outside.

Update: Everton by far the better side. It’s men against boys. City are dangerous on the counter. McCarthy is going full gas. Baningime looks good and is the one running the game. We’re knocking it around nicely.

Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 27/10/2018 at 19:27:45
Found it, Steve, thanks! This is great!
Steve Ferns
10 Posted 27/10/2018 at 19:32:56
Did I miss anything mike? I had to do something since I posted.
Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 27/10/2018 at 19:35:46
Near miss from City, Steve. They're coming into the game a bit.

Commentators talking about Hoddle's collapse.

Michael Kenrick
12 Posted 27/10/2018 at 19:49:55
Sambou had a good chance. Seemed to do a Calvert-Lewin and fluff his lines.
Michael Kenrick
13 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:21:52
I see Everton TV are skimping on the match clock.

Turned over to 00:01 dead on 60 minutes!

Steve Ferns
14 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:39:40
Holgate sent off!
Mike Gaynes
15 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:40:10
Holgate sees second yellow. His season has certainly gone to shit right now.
Steve Ferns
16 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:41:25
Does that make him suspended for the first team? Not that he's threatening it.
Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:44:47
It's so cold there that the video feed has frozen.
Steve Ferns
18 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:45:55
So not just me then. And it is cold Mike. Freezing here tonight. Good job I’m off to the algarve in the morning!

Shame to see Anthony Gordon subbed off moments after coming on as a sub.

Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:47:59
Ah, looks like it's not coming back. See you tomorrow.
Brent Stephens
20 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:48:09
Sod. I was enjoying that. Liked Beni's performance.
Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:48:14
How is James McCarthy performing?
Paul Thompson
22 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:48:44
Stream is stuck on 08:02 and refresh doesn't work. It's down to you for updates, Steve.
Steve Ferns
23 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:55:20
Full-Time announced on the club site: 1-0 win.
Rob Halligan
24 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:55:30
Game over. Won 1-0
Steve Ferns
25 Posted 27/10/2018 at 20:56:17
Blood and thunder Dave. Didn’t go full gas. But he had a good run out. The returning Baningime was the best player on the pitch.
Jay Wood

26 Posted 27/10/2018 at 21:01:22
Mine frozen too. Pity, I was enjoying the game. We were playing well.

Soft 2nd yellow card for Mason Holgate.

Nice to see James McCarthy go the distance on his return.

Jay Wood

27 Posted 27/10/2018 at 21:04:24
I thought nobody looked poor.

My first real look at Adeniran. Impressed.

Curiously, we looked so much bigger and as a result stronger on the ball than City I thought.

Paul Thompson
28 Posted 27/10/2018 at 21:05:44
I enjoyed that until the big freeze. Energetic, high tempo stuff and we moved the ball well.
Dave Abrahams
29 Posted 27/10/2018 at 21:09:11
Steve (25), thanks. I hope Silva takes his time bringing James McCarthy back, waits until he is properly ready. I think he can be an important part of Everton's midfield when he gets his chance.
Steve Ferns
30 Posted 27/10/2018 at 21:26:18
Jay, some perspective. We had a good few players who had played for the first team. We had few teenagers on the pitch. Most of our players were 20 and 21.

We had bona fide first teamers like McCarthy, Holgate and Baningime, and several fringe players. Man City played a bunch of teenagers.

So, yes. We were much bigger and stronger and all round better. They had some good little players though.

Phill Thompson
31 Posted 27/10/2018 at 21:32:10
A few players working their way back to full fitness, McCarthy and Beni in particular, seemed to fade second half not surprisingly.

Shame Gordon got taken off, he's grown a bit over the last six months, need to see him more at this level. Beni and Feeney were our best youngsters for me.

Still not convinced Sambou is going to make it with us, he'll probably end up our top goalscorer but could have had two tonight — the real prospects turn 'could' into 'had'.

Phill Thompson
32 Posted 27/10/2018 at 21:37:16
Jay #27, I thought Denis Adeniran has had better games for us. He's always looked strong and powerful, but I thought he was lacking going forward tonight. He didn't drive forward like he can do, too many sideways/ backwards passes.

Maybe harsh on him, but I'm looking to see which of these kids can be first team prospects in the future; this is the age they start to show they have something different.

Jay Wood

33 Posted 27/10/2018 at 22:23:21
That's nice to hear about Adeniran, Phil. I always like to hear how our young guns are doing.

There was a lot of quality throughout the Everton team tonight, and no little experience, also.

Peter Gorman
34 Posted 27/10/2018 at 22:31:15

I thought McCarthy did pretty well, got stuck in and made numerous important tackles and interceptions to stop Man City from getting going – but he was playing against boys tbf.

Graham Stuart noted more than once that his performance would be irrelevant as it is all about getting his fitness back, but he did well.

Like Steve, I was pleased to see Beni running the midfield – Dowell was a little too quiet for my liking. Feeney also did well on his own little comeback trail.

Paul Birmingham
35 Posted 27/10/2018 at 23:38:39
Good result, and if James McCarthy, gets his fitness back, then I see this as an asset to our squad.

I rate him and he's had no luck, but when he's played he's always does his best and has never shirked a challenge.

Good to have the whole squad fighting for a place.

Simon Smith
36 Posted 28/10/2018 at 00:43:51
I've said recently, I've never really seen Beni look good, I've never even seen him look interested if I'm honest, but he showed what he's about tonight!

Best player on the park tonight by a mile, covered lots of ground, won the ball time and time again, and always looks to pick the clever forward pass instead of the easy sideways/backwards pass. Very, very impressed.

Jimmy McCarthy will be buzzing with 90 mins under his belt, grew into the game and even made a few slide tackles later on, even after such an horrendous injury.

Dowell looks an issue though: seemed comfortable on the ball when it came to him but never really looked interested in grafting for the team. If he's looking to force his way into the first team, he's a million miles off on today's run out.

I genuinely thought Holgate had much more to offer at full-back, especially at this level, but he offered very little going forward but was solid enough defensively. Harsh 2nd yellow card imo.

Feeney led them well, always shouting from the back.

Virginia looked comfortable in goal but his kicking was woeful.

Can't see anyone bar Beni or Jimmy McCarthy being used in the first team any time soon, if I'm honest – although I do think Holgate shouldn't be forgotten as I believe he's an excellent prospect.

Ajay Gopal
38 Posted 28/10/2018 at 08:45:47
Nice to read the comments and reports on the players. McCarthy was my favourite player for his tenacity and grit. Hope he gets back to the form in his 1st season when he and Barry ran the midfield for us. I have great hopes on Beni, I have always been impressed whenever he has made an appearance in the Senior team. I think he will flourish under Silva. I am worried about Dowell, he seems to have stalled. This could be a make or break season for him, he might even get sent out on loan in the January window.

I like the midfield options that we have right now: Siggy, Gomes, Gueye, Davies, McCarthy, Baningime. I am afraid time is up for Schneiderlin at Everton, hopefully we can recover a good amount of his purchase value from someone like Crystal Palace, Burnley, Brighton, Watford, Huddersfield, etc

Selby Wells
39 Posted 28/10/2018 at 09:32:04
Given the amount of 1st team experience on show, the boys looked comfortable but am a little disappointed that they didn't press on in the 2nd half and kill the game off.

As 1st team spots are limited this season, I think a few (Baningime, Feeney and Sambou) should be loaned out so that their development doesn't stall in the 2nd half of the season.

For me, Dowell is looking a bit low on confidence and could do with either a loan or being given more responsibility to push him on.

Browning looks too strong at this level but not at the standard for our 1st team so his time is probably up – expect him to make a good Championship career and possibly step up like Duffy.

John Dean
40 Posted 28/10/2018 at 14:29:09
Holgate was awful last night, he never laid a legal glove on the City number 11 and was deservedly sent off for twice stopping the No 11 from running away from him into dangerous areas.

I agree with all the praise given ro Beni and his extra bulk has given him an extra dimension on his play last year.

Time is up for Sambou and Browning and Galloway.

Justin Doone
41 Posted 28/10/2018 at 20:51:40
Top quality players will make it far harder for anyone else to break through.

It's not worth the risk for many managers now. As for the older players, like McCarthy, he was never that good a player and can go... along with Schneiderlin.

Kieran Kinsella
42 Posted 29/10/2018 at 14:09:24
Dowell is an interesting one. I am looking at the Barkley situation and wondering which way he might go.

By the time Barkley left, a lot of fans were glad to see the back of him. He was careless, profligate, lacked a "football brain", over-indulged etc. His first six months at Chelsea led to similar criticism from Chelsea fans.

All of a sudden, Saari has somehow turned Ross into an important player. That oft-discussed "potential" seems to have evolved into a sustained end product.

I realize Dowell is a different kind of player than Barkley but there are stark similarities. Both were widely hailed as kids; both are accused of being slow, not tackling, letting the game pass them by and waiting for the perfect moment to do something spectacular.

I was hoping Silva might be able to push Dowell along. But he is so far down the pecking order now that he is playing for the U23s the day before a big Premier League game. Maybe Chelsea should make a cheeky bid for him?

Mick Davies
43 Posted 29/10/2018 at 16:21:57
Justin Doone @ 41 "As for the older players, like McCarthy, he was never that good a player and can go... "

Have you ever seen McCarthy play for Everton? If so, then you need to check out your actual football knowledge as it is severely lacking.

Simon Smith
44 Posted 29/10/2018 at 17:01:07
Kieran #42.

I agree, mate, Dowell needs to be pushing on pretty soon, either at us or out on loan, or he's just going to fizzle out.

To me he didn't look like a guy who was too serious about standing out on Saturday evening.

Maybe in January he will go out on loan and find himself; if not, he will end up like Browning, Galloway and Pennington were they would slip away into obscurity.

James Flynn
45 Posted 30/10/2018 at 01:07:47
Justin (41) - "McCarthy, he was never that good a player"


A grafter he was. A hard worker. No one worked harder. But, as you described him accurately, never that good a player.

Anyone disputing your description needs to check out their actual football knowledge as it is severely lacking.

Although I doubt anyone who watched Macca play would call you wrong.

Gerry Ring
46 Posted 30/10/2018 at 07:45:20
Re #41 & #45. Here we go again!! If a good player is determined by their commitment, effectiveness, ability to break up opposition attacks in the middle of the park, put the “fear of god” into fancy dans, then McCarthy is a good player.

He does the job that nobody else does which resulted in his horrendous leg break. We need him. We still have a soft underbelly which allows opposing attackers to breeze through. Won't happen if Macca is playing. At his best, he's as good as having an additional player.

Tony Abrahams
47 Posted 30/10/2018 at 08:33:28
I side with you, Gerry, and think Silva might just turn James McCarthy into a very good player because he already seems like an intelligent footballer and just needs someone to change his Martinez Mindset.
James Flynn
48 Posted 30/10/2018 at 00:11:11
Gerry (46) – "If a good player is determined by their commitment, effectiveness, ability to break up opposition attacks in the middle of the park, put the “fear of god” into fancy dans, then McCarthy is a good player."

"Commitment" certainly describes James' application on the pitch. The rest describes him variously through his career, except the "fear of God" one. Attacking or defending, James McCarthy has never put the "fear of God" in any Everton opponent.

"He does the job that nobody else does... We still have a soft underbelly which allows opposing attackers to breeze through."

Have you not been watching? We have the Premier League's #1 defensive mid-fielder in Gueye.

The only first-rate season of James' career was 5 years ago. The best thing he can do now for Everton is return to perfect health, so Brand can get a good price for him.

Justin is correct: "He was never that good a player" – and he needs to go.

Tom Bowers
49 Posted 31/10/2018 at 17:52:24
I must admit I am a fan of McCarthy but it remains to be seen if he can be a factor again in the Premier League coming off a broken leg, somewhat like Seamus' s situation.

Given the Everton midfield situation, that is to say not quite a dominant force, I don't think he would look out of place once he is match fit.

The ability to work hard and shut down the opposing threats before they get to the back three or four is something Everton have been lacking despite some good showings by the lads who have been selected and this is something that Silva and his staff have to get improvement on before Everton can seriously contemplate the top six.

Gerry Ring
50 Posted 31/10/2018 at 22:22:07
James Flynn #48. Gueye is a fine player however when it comes to intensity in the tackle, he doesn't compare to McCarthy. Whether McCarthy can reproduce this trait in his game remains to be seen.

Opposition players know what to expect when Macca plays & don't like it. Last season in the derby, Liverpool waltzed through us. Wouldn't have happened if McCarthy was playing.

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