U23s score late to draw 2-2 at The Emirates

Friday, 23 August, 2019 78comments  |  Jump to last
Arsenal U23s 2 - 2 Everton U23s

Anthony Gordon scored late on to rescue a point for Everton at the Emirates. An excellent long ball from Matty Foulds was misjudged by the Arsenal backline — Gordon latched onto it, side-stepped past the Arsenal keeper and slotted into the empty net with just 5 minutes left.

That levelled the game after it had got off to a frenetic start, with each team on target within the opening seven minutes. The home side drew first blood. A lofted effort looped over Toffees keeper Nico Hansen's head and into the back of the net.

Everton's response was immediate. Evans slipped a pinpoint pass through to Gordon, whose ice-cool finish levelled the scores.

It was Arsenal who were to strike next. After winning the ball in the middle of the park, the Gunners broke at speed and worked the ball to midfielder Robbie Burton, who curled a pinpoint shot into the top corner on 22 minutes.

Arsenal thought they had a third when Holding's header looked destined for the back of the net, but Foulds was on the line to clear.

Everton started the second half encouragingly, with Gordon forcing an excellent save with a swerving effort from 20 yards. Gordon was to have the last word, though, showing a predator's instinct to get on the end of Foulds' marvellous pass and secure a hard-earned point for his team.

Everton U23s: Hansen, John (46' Denny), Foulds, Astley (67' Simms), Fenney (c), Joe Anderson, Markelo, Connolly (46' Mampala), Gordon, Charsley, Evans.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Iversen  

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 23/08/2019 at 17:07:02
I've not used this site but they claim to be screening a live feed of this one:

https://www.sofascore.com/arsenal-u23-everton-u23/dGoseGo

Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 23/08/2019 at 18:36:15
There does not appear to be any live coverage on the Arsenal website. However there is this live link on YouTube: j

https://youtu.be/r17atThKq6k

Michael Kenrick
3 Posted 23/08/2019 at 18:40:15
Here's the team David Unsworth has selected tonight:

1. Nico Hansen
2. Kyle John
3. Matthew Foulds
4. Ryan Astley
5. Morgan Fenney (c)
6. Joe Anderson
7. Nathangelo Markelo
8. Callum Connolly
9. Anthony Gordon
10. Harry Charsley
11. Antony Evans

Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 23/08/2019 at 19:16:12
1-1 after 10 mins. Arsenal score early but Anthony Gordon responds with a splendid strike, he rifles a shot past the Arsenal 'keeper and into the bottom corner to level the scores.
Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 23/08/2019 at 19:24:37
This old boys nonsense is crazy. Out of contract, 25-year-old Charsley gets a game. And we've extended the sweetheart deals to brownnose LCC by giving the Mayor a run out as the Number 6.
Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 23/08/2019 at 19:26:22
Is Lewis Gibson injured?
Steavey Buckley
7 Posted 24/08/2019 at 00:18:16
Has David Unsworth any player or players ready for the 1st team? Otherwise, I don't see the need for the Under-23s. Former Under-23s have left the club for inferior ones. This happens usually season after season. So, are the Under-23s being prepared for other clubs as soon as they do their stint?
Michael Kenrick
8 Posted 24/08/2019 at 05:10:01
That's a searing challenge to the whole ethos of the club structure, Steavey.

In the good old days when they were actually the Reserves, there was a more obvious purpose and supply line. But now they operate and train as separate teams, with minimal (effectively zero) interchange occurring. So your daft assertion can't be easily refuted.

They have almost zero visibility, they are watched by a cohort of what? 200 or 300 dedicated denizens of Southport? So there's really a minimal following at best.

They sell off the odd player for money now and again, but I can't see it as making the operation self-financing. So perhpas you're right. It's been slim pickings since Rooney came through. So let's just can the lot of them.

Tony Abrahams
9 Posted 24/08/2019 at 06:32:57
I'm sure that players coming through the academy including Rooney, have saved the club from administration during the dark days of having a skint owner, so maybe what Steavey and Michael say now makes sense?

I'd give Brands a bit more time on the academy and also the team just below the first team, but I've never had much confidence in the organisations that run things in this country, and have always felt that doing away with the old competitive nature of the central league was always a backward step.

I was reading Silva was trying to get a competitive friendly to get his new players up to speed, which says everything.

Arild Andersen
10 Posted 24/08/2019 at 07:32:50
Moshiri could have a friend buy Bury, or Bolton. Loan the U23s to them so they get proper football. Problem solved for all (well - impossible, I know.)
Joe McMahon
11 Posted 24/08/2019 at 07:37:00
Steavey - we need the U23's, to keep David Unsworth in a well paid job.
Alan J Thompson
12 Posted 24/08/2019 at 13:07:52
Administration my arse! Lack of foresight and imagination.
Phill Thompson
13 Posted 24/08/2019 at 14:52:44
Michael #8 I think there are valid reasons for having separate training for U23s in that their coaching needs as individuals are so different, eg, 17-year-old Ryan Astley's training will be different from Michael Keane's. We do move up our promising youngsters to train with the first team, this week I saw that Gordon was involved and I'm sure he's getting great experience from it.
Kieran Kinsella
14 Posted 24/08/2019 at 15:04:49
Steavey 7, Michael 8,

I see a significant change coming with the Under-23s. Check out these remarks from Unsworth.

“It's nothing to do with me, I don't get involved in that,” he replied when asked if senior players like Connolly were disappointed not to earn a Championship loan in the summer. “The players are there at my disposal and whatever players are left we always pick the strongest team we can."

Compare that to a few years ago with the Under-23 "budget" and bringing in Bowler, Gibson etc for millions to bolster the Championship winning Under-23s. Now Unsie has the "players that are left." I think the key thing is that the club are trying to revive the old academy as something that produces real talents as opposed to something designed to win the PL2 with no first-team impact.

The team this season has a lot of 17- and 18-year-olds. That is the model used by Man City and Chelsea who actually produce real talents. It is a departure from our model of recent years which involved lots of 22-year-olds and a healthy smattering of older pros, eg, Niasse.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 24/08/2019 at 18:26:50
Tony (9), yes Jeffers, Ball, Dunne and Rodwell, there’s a around £30M for starters.
Steavey Buckley
16 Posted 24/08/2019 at 19:54:02
There is nothing wrong scouting for players for the Under 23s not quite ready for the 1st team. Then a monthly report given by Unsworth to Silva about players nearing selection for the 1st team squad. Because all I can see at the moment is players being just picked for the Under-23s and finally moving out on loan or permanent deals somewhere else.

Tom Davies is the last player to make the step up from the Under-23s to the 1st team 3½ years ago. One player from the Under-23s to the Everton 1st team squad every season should be the target.

David Milner
17 Posted 26/08/2019 at 09:38:35
Adiniran, Gibson & Gordon are training with the 1st. team. So I presume you are not seeing Adiniran & Gibson is because they are being reserved as cover for the 1st. team.
Sam Hoare
18 Posted 26/08/2019 at 09:42:36
I wonder if Adeniran might get a start against Lincoln if he has a good week in training.
Derek Taylor
19 Posted 26/08/2019 at 10:05:39
Stevey, surely you know by now that the Brands Everton favour is 'anything but British and requiring an outlay of at least £20M.' Even if they are 19 years of age!

Sheer fecking genius our 'men at the top'. Or thought to be so in these columns where 'worship' would be an understatement!

Steavey Buckley
20 Posted 26/08/2019 at 17:38:23
Derek, the problem I see with the Everton under 23s is about attitude. There are enough young players in the north of England to provide Everton under 23s with enough players with potential to break through into the 1st team squad if scouts are looking around for the right talent. Basically, if a young player can control a ball and pass a ball with the same ability as an Everton 1st team player he has a future.
Kevin Prytherch
21 Posted 26/08/2019 at 18:19:22
Derek 19 - I questioned the same thing during the transfer window and routinely got told that “it doesn’t matter what nationality they are as long as we win”. Trouble is, the more expensive foreign talent we buy, the less heart and desire the team seem to have and the more abject displays like the last 3 we seem to have.

I personally would rather take the last 3 results with a team that roused some passion rather than what we’ve seen so far.

Si Smith
22 Posted 27/08/2019 at 02:44:03
Interesting that Adeniran and Gibson both not being involved in this game with the upcoming game v Lincoln.

I doubt either will start, but if they could get on the bench they may get themselves 10 minutes which would be a huge boost for all the other u23 lads.

Also does anyone who regularly see our u23s think Gordon is close to the first team ?

John Kavanagh
23 Posted 27/08/2019 at 12:05:38
Steavey (20) So anyone who can control and pass a ball with the same ability as an Everton first team player has a future? Based on the Villa shambles that will provide hope to millions of kids. Stevie Wonder could pick out passes better than what we had on display last week.
Brent Stephens
24 Posted 27/08/2019 at 12:21:21
Si, Anthony Gordon is an exciting player. Only 18 but really looks one for the future. I'd say that given the players currently available in the first team, it might be some time before he'd be able to compete with them. But already one of the the best forwards (if not the best) in the U23s.
Fran Mitchell
25 Posted 27/08/2019 at 12:56:08
Brent? Which ones? Walcott? Bernard? the currently out of form Richarlison? I think Gordon should be put on the bench ahead of some of these so called PL players. Look at the impact Sancho has had at 18, that young lad a Arsenal, and some others. Maybe some youthful enthusiasm is what the team needs right now.
Brent Stephens
26 Posted 27/08/2019 at 13:06:40
Fran, I see your point, mate. I just don't see Silva putting Anthony ahead of those players (especially Walcott - he's brilliant! ok, maybe not - another one struggling with a banjo).
Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 27/08/2019 at 13:12:46
I don’t see them regular enough, but have seen them enough to have an opinion, that’s all it is though, an opinion.

I wouldn’t risk any of them to start, Anthony Gordon is very good with passing, dribbling, shooting, free kicks, but to me, he is a lot like Dowell, as good as he looks he goes missing from the game too often, doesn’t appear to relish the rough stuff, maybe he can change that and garnish a bit of hardness to his undoubted ability.

Aden Iran is a big strong lad with good control and can make a telling pass, but I wouldn’t risk him against Lincoln because it will be a good strong boy against big strong men, out to make a name for themselves against a big team, and on TV as well.

Lewis Gibson is the one I’d pick to make the first team soonest, than any of the others, strong lad who seems to understand winning is the most important thing, good footballer, good in the air, still growing and wouldn’t be over awed by playing in the first eleven, still a risk at this stage of his career, so I’d leave him for now to study and watch from the bench, especially the two centre backs.

If we are winning 3-0 with twenty minutes to go, then put on or two of them on for some experience,but this team winning 3-0 against anyone, at the moment, is a massive IF.

Brent Stephens
28 Posted 27/08/2019 at 13:20:32
Dave, nice post. What's your view on Feeney. I've been a big admirer of the Feeney - Gibson axis in the centre of the U23 defence and have usually seen Feeney as the slightly better of the two. Do you think Gibson has now jumped ahead of Feeney or was he always better in your mind? Or is it his left foot?!
Dave Abrahams
29 Posted 27/08/2019 at 13:45:52
Brent (28), I can understand that you prefer Feeney of the two, he takes no prisoners, he also is a winner,urges his team mates on, if not vocally, by his actions, a bit like Dave Watson. Gibson for me has that extra bit of class, the left foot is secondary to his ability, as to whether he has jumped ahead of Feeney, I think he has in the coaches eyes, he seems to have been training with the first team quite a bit, according to reports, to be honest you might know a bit more than me regarding that.
Brent Stephens
30 Posted 27/08/2019 at 14:10:21
Thanks, Dave.

"you might know a bit more than me regarding that".

No, I know very little, Dave. Only what I see on the pitch. If just one of the two makes it, I'll be very pleased.

Stephen Davies
31 Posted 27/08/2019 at 16:29:49
So now with Gabamin out for 8 weeks, who steps up ( or is put on the bench) if Sneids gets injured or gets a red in a game?
Surely they should be playing the same sort of system as the 1st team so if there are any injuries/suspensions then someone can step into that position.
Dave Abrahams
32 Posted 30/08/2019 at 18:55:40
Has anyone got a link for tonight’s U 23’s match with Southampton tonight?
Brent Stephens
33 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:00:35
Youtube Davei believe
Dave Abrahams
34 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:19:20
Tried it Brent, but it is not available, well to me it’s not available but I’m really dense when it comes to getting games via Utube, rely on my grandsons, but they are also unavailable.!!!
Dave Abrahams
35 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:26:13
Brent it’s not getting shown anywhere, Saints will show high lights later on tonight, it’s 0-0 after 16 minutes, Gordon had a chance early on but failed.

Getting my information from a lad who usually can see the game but he’s had no luck with game.

Brent Stephens
36 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:27:47
Anthony Gordon mossed sitter. Switched it to right foot instead of shooting with left. Nor one down.
Brent Stephens
37 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:28:57
Good save from Evans just now.
Brent Stephens
38 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:29:59
Dave type evertonfc in Youtube search line
Brent Stephens
39 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:33:53
Two down. Error by Feeney.
Brent Stephens
40 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:35:23
Anthony Gordon cracking goal.
Brent Stephens
41 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:38:03
And he now wins a penalty.
Brent Stephens
42 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:38:35
And converts it.
Dave Abrahams
43 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:47:33
Thanks for that news Brent, I tried what you suggested, noluck, my densitity is getting denser, I’ll rely on you tonight for any further news, that really shows how thick I am !!!
Brent Stephens
44 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:49:21
Offside third goal Evans.
Brent Stephens
45 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:50:37
Whistle goes for Half time lemon. Not you Dave!
Brent Stephens
46 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:54:18
Not sure but think Feeney it might have been who lost his man for first goal. Sloppy back pass from him for second goal conceded. Two from Anthony Gordon incl penalty. He’s looking so sharp as ever. Kyle John at LB also showing a lot. Adeniran and Benny their usual strong showings.
Charsley looks off the pace.
Dave Abrahams
47 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:55:07
Now don’t start Brent !!!just keep the news up, seen the goals on another thread, neat one for Gordon’s first and a smart penalty, that’s three in a week for the kid.
Brent Stephens
48 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:58:52
I’m so excited by Gordon. 18 years old Petes sake! If he develops further...!
Brent Stephens
49 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:07:46
Penalty for us
Brent Stephens
50 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:08:29
Gordon hits post.
Brent Stephens
51 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:16:32
Evans close with free kick. And Foulds close off corner
Brent Stephens
52 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:17:24
Cracking save from Charsley strike
Jay Harris
53 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:18:28
Sounds just like the first team so far. Go undeservedly 2 goals down wake up bring it back to 2-2, miss a penalty, almost score again and so on. I just hope the lads keep the pressure up and get the win.
Brent Stephens
54 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:19:16
Adeniran shot deflected wide Foulds scores from corner.
Dave Abrahams
55 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:20:52
Brent, was Marcelo’s miss from the penalty rebound a bad one?, looks like we are getting on top there. Has Anthony Gordon filled out since last season?
Brent Stephens
56 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:22:29
Foulds folds and almost gifts one.
Brent Stephens
57 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:23:32
Charsley scores from sloppy back pass
Andy Crooks
58 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:24:57
Sort if related to this thread. Shane Lavery scored for Linfield last night as they went of the Europa League on the away goals rule. I think he will have a decent career.
Dave Abrahams
59 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:27:34
Andy, didn’t he score one or two in the first leg, one of them was a cracker going by reports.
Brent Stephens
60 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:28:21
Close again after good run from John
Brent Stephens
61 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:29:45
Denny scores
Jay Harris
62 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:30:18
4-2, at last some reward for all the pressure.

Looks like we're really going for it second half.

Andy Crooks
63 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:32:25
He did indeed, Dave. By the way, you and June have a wonderful holiday. You deserve it.
Brent Stephens
64 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:36:02
Mampala on for Charsley
Brent Stephens
65 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:37:20
Well taken goal by Evans on the break.
Brent Stephens
66 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:40:16
Simms and Iversen
Dave Abrahams
67 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:43:00
Brent (66) have they made it 8-2 or just come on?
Brent Stephens
68 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:43:14
Feeney goal from cracking Manpala cross
Brent Stephens
69 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:44:53
Manpala goal from cracking Evans cross
Dave Abrahams
70 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:45:09
Andy (63)Thank you.
Brent Stephens
71 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:45:41
We could win this yet
Dave Abrahams
72 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:50:31
Seen all the goals up to Foulds, looks like Southampton have stopped showing them since, but give them credit, the game is at Southport and Everton are not showing it but Southampton hundreds of miles away are. Tells you a lot about Everton, aren’t we part of the COMMUNITY.
Brent Stephens
73 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:51:18
I think that’s 8-2!
Brent Stephens
74 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:53:06
All over
Brent Stephens
75 Posted 30/08/2019 at 21:12:44
Dave just seen your question about Anthony Gordon. No he's as skinny as ever.
Brent Stephens
76 Posted 30/08/2019 at 21:30:24
Dave, one final point about Anthony Gordon. As you said somewhere above, he doesn't seem to fancy the rough stuff. Glad to say that at least tonight he really got in the mix and took a few heavy knocks but still came back fighting.
Dave Abrahams
77 Posted 30/08/2019 at 23:10:48
Brent (76), yes wish I could have seen tonight’s game, haven’t seen him this year, just flashes, I believe what you say, that pleases me, makes his game more complete, if he keeps it up could be on the bench before the season is out.

Why I asked I’d he had beefed up was because fans, on another thread said he had muscled up, looks like he has toughened up, that will do me instead, a bit like Roy Vernon, thin as a rake but a mean bastard with it, lovely !!

Brent Stephens
78 Posted 30/08/2019 at 23:21:15
If he’s as good as Royston, that’ll do me.

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