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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1 Posted 23/08/2019 at 17:07:02
2 Posted 23/08/2019 at 18:36:15
3 Posted 23/08/2019 at 18:40:15
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
4 Posted 23/08/2019 at 19:16:12
5 Posted 23/08/2019 at 19:24:37
6 Posted 23/08/2019 at 19:26:22
7 Posted 24/08/2019 at 00:18:16
8 Posted 24/08/2019 at 05:10:01
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.
9 Posted 24/08/2019 at 06:32:57
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.
10 Posted 24/08/2019 at 07:32:50
11 Posted 24/08/2019 at 07:37:00
12 Posted 24/08/2019 at 13:07:52
13 Posted 24/08/2019 at 14:52:44
14 Posted 24/08/2019 at 15:04:49
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.
15 Posted 24/08/2019 at 18:26:50
16 Posted 24/08/2019 at 19:54:02
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.
17 Posted 26/08/2019 at 09:38:35
18 Posted 26/08/2019 at 09:42:36
19 Posted 26/08/2019 at 10:05:39
Sheer fecking genius our 'men at the top'. Or thought to be so in these columns where 'worship' would be an understatement!
20 Posted 26/08/2019 at 17:38:23
21 Posted 26/08/2019 at 18:19:22
I personally would rather take the last 3 results with a team that roused some passion rather than what weve seen so far.
22 Posted 27/08/2019 at 02:44:03
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 ?
23 Posted 27/08/2019 at 12:05:38
24 Posted 27/08/2019 at 12:21:21
25 Posted 27/08/2019 at 12:56:08
26 Posted 27/08/2019 at 13:06:40
27 Posted 27/08/2019 at 13:12:46
I wouldnt 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, doesnt 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 wouldnt 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 Id 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 wouldnt be over awed by playing in the first eleven, still a risk at this stage of his career, so Id 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.
28 Posted 27/08/2019 at 13:20:32
29 Posted 27/08/2019 at 13:45:52
30 Posted 27/08/2019 at 14:10:21
"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.
31 Posted 27/08/2019 at 16:29:49
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.
32 Posted 30/08/2019 at 18:55:40
33 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:00:35
34 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:19:20
35 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:26:13
Getting my information from a lad who usually can see the game but hes had no luck with game.
36 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:27:47
37 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:28:57
38 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:29:59
39 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:33:53
40 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:35:23
41 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:38:03
42 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:38:35
43 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:47:33
44 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:49:21
45 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:50:37
46 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:54:18
Charsley looks off the pace.
47 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:55:07
48 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:58:52
49 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:07:46
50 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:08:29
51 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:16:32
52 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:17:24
53 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:18:28
54 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:19:16
55 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:20:52
56 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:22:29
57 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:23:32
58 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:24:57
59 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:27:34
60 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:28:21
61 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:29:45
62 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:30:18
Looks like we're really going for it second half.
63 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:32:25
64 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:36:02
65 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:37:20
66 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:40:16
67 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:43:00
68 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:43:14
69 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:44:53
70 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:45:09
71 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:45:41
72 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:50:31
73 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:51:18
74 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:53:06
75 Posted 30/08/2019 at 21:12:44
76 Posted 30/08/2019 at 21:30:24
77 Posted 30/08/2019 at 23:10:48
Why I asked Id 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 !!
78 Posted 30/08/2019 at 23:21:15
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