Everton U23s 0 - 0 Leicester City U23s
Everton Under-23s opened their defence of the Premier League 2 title with a drawn game against Leicester City in Southport tonight.
With a number of players going out on loan, and a few stepping up from the Under-18s, plus some frankly unwanted 'deadwood' unable to secure loan deals yet, it may be quite a mixed bag for David Unsworth to corral into a potent force again.
Ellis Simms and Fraser Hornby appear to be the main men up front, although Simms is not in the squad tonight, with Manasse Mampala perhaps taking up the slack after Bassala Sambou declined a new contract.
No goals in the first half, and a red card on 55 mins for the Leicester centre-half after pulling back Fraser Hornby in the centre-circle but heading off for goal.
Lots of chances to score in the second half but the Blues could not convert and it remained 0-0.
Everton U23s: Tyrer, Connolly (37' Astley), Foulds, Baningime, Feeney (c), Gibson, Adineran, Markelo (67' John), Evans, Hornby, Gordon.
Subs: Barrett, Denny, Mampala.
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1 Posted 12/08/2019 at 19:02:42
2 Posted 12/08/2019 at 19:26:25
3 Posted 12/08/2019 at 19:52:27
Keeper needs to be careful with ball at his feet. Anthony Gordon looks good on ball.
Denis Adineran came close from a good Hornby (?) pass.
4 Posted 12/08/2019 at 20:17:08
5 Posted 12/08/2019 at 20:37:23
6 Posted 12/08/2019 at 20:41:50
7 Posted 12/08/2019 at 20:43:38
8 Posted 12/08/2019 at 20:45:15
9 Posted 12/08/2019 at 20:55:35
10 Posted 12/08/2019 at 21:05:56
11 Posted 12/08/2019 at 21:21:24
Markelo in midfield but didn't show much. Adeniran showed more.
Antony Evans had Fraser Hornby on his left. Not impressed with Fraser again – he missed a couple of good chances.
Anthony Gordon really impressed on the left. He's really fast and with some superb trickery.
Feeney was class. Won everything.
12 Posted 12/08/2019 at 21:57:37
13 Posted 13/08/2019 at 04:17:11
I wonder why Silva prefers Gibson over Feeney? Feeney has been in and around the senior squad for a couple of years now – as I remember, he made a sub appearance in a League match (?) and he definitely started a Europa League game.
14 Posted 13/08/2019 at 09:26:10
Thanks for the report, Brent.
15 Posted 13/08/2019 at 10:39:58
Poor game really and for me almost a re run of our poor games last season – solid defence, a strong midfield but lacking creativity, a big forward line with little skill apart from Gordon.
For me Gibson was the man of the match, though they gave it to the Leicester Goalkeeper, which was fair enough. Gibson always looked calm and composed and put together one 60-yard run into opposition territory.
I thought Beni and Adeniran were ok, Beni seems to be getting back again but it feels like he's back to where he was two years ago. Gordon certainly has the talent to get past people and he seems to bulk out and be a bit stronger every year, though he'll never be massive.
It's hard to see where our goals will come from this season if we continue to play like that; maybe if a few move out on loan it will let in the likes of Simms and Kieran Phillips to see what they can do.
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