Fraser Hornby, who was making his first start since 5 October after undergoing ankle surgery, was on target in the first half off a lofted through-ball from Anthony Evans.
This was after Chelsea had been reduced to 10 men early on when their captain was sent off after just 16 minutes. The defender miscontrolled a pass and Sambou was onto it in a flash. The Everton striker was haring in on goal, with just the keeper to beat, before being brought down 20 yards out. The referee had no option, and the Chelsea man saw red.
Harry Charsley was inches away from doubling Everton's lead on 38 minutes. After an excellent passage of play from the young Blues, the midfielder fired a daisy-cutter just wide.
Hornby was fouled in the box during the second half, Bassala Sambou stepping up. Sambou had scored four penalties from four attempts this season and ensured his 100-per-cent record remained intact in typically cool fashion — taking a stuttered run-up, waiting for the keeper to dive, and slotting into the opposite corner.
With Lewis Gibson getting a game and presumably now over his injury problems, a special mention for Alex Denny, returning from a very long layoff; he came on as a sub for Hornby.
Everton U23s: Virginia, Astley, Feeney, Ouzounidis, Evans, Gibson, Charsley (84' Bowler), Adeniran, Sambou, Hornby (76' Denny), Broadhead (61' Markelo).
Subs not Used: Hewelt, Gordon.
Next Game: Doncaster Rovers (A) @ 7 pm on Monday 21 January 2019
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1 Posted 15/01/2019 at 20:35:22
Anyone see the game?
How far off is Fraser Hornby from the 1st team? Anyone know?
What about Sambou?
Goodness we could use a home grown striker that's good
We had a decent production line once: Rooney, Cadamateri, Vaughan, Anichebe, Jeffers...
2 Posted 15/01/2019 at 21:17:29
Fraser Hornby has got good potential but is nowhere near ready for the first team.
The good news is Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in the first team squad and getting better all the time... he just needs some fans to get behind him and cheer him on.
3 Posted 15/01/2019 at 21:31:03
Not many players will go straight from U23s to first team. Most will need to prove themselves on loan first before they get a run.
4 Posted 15/01/2019 at 22:03:33
Funny approach by Sambou on the penalty. It looks a cross between a marching soldier and Python's Ministry of Silly Walks.
5 Posted 16/01/2019 at 00:02:56
Fingers crossed on Hornby then.
You've probably seen on other threads... I'm not super convinced by Calvert-Lewin yet but happy to be wrong.
Good goal on the weekend hopefully the start of more.
6 Posted 16/01/2019 at 08:16:21
Shame his injury came when it did, but good to see he's already hitting the net again so soon after recovery.
7 Posted 16/01/2019 at 14:52:19
Chelsea had a man red carded early on and dominated the start of the 2nd half until we scored. It's nice to see Denny, Hornby, Gibson all back after injuries.
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