Under-23s score handsome win over Derby

Monday, 28 September, 2020 60comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U23s 4 - 1 Derby County U23s

Everton's Under-23s enjoyed a comprehensive victory at the Merseyrail Community Stadium in Southport as they beat Derby County 4-1.

David Unsworth's side took the lead after just 11 minutes when Einar Iversen set up Ellis Simms and the striker strode in on goal and finished confidently. Josh Bowler then rattled the post with a shot after 17 minutes.

Joe Anderson doubled the home side's lead early in the second half when he collected the ball on the edge of the box following a corner and drilled it home.

Derby pulled themselves back into the contest shortly before the hour mark when Tyree Wilson curled a free-kick into the top corner of Harry Tyrer's goal but Bowler ensured that the two-goal cushion was restored seven minutes later. The winger drove into the box and placed his shot past Ravas in the Derby goal to make it 3-1.

Three became four with four minutes to go when Astley played Simms in for his second and he made no mistake while Matthew Pennington almost made it 5-1 late on but his header came back off the crossbar.

Everton: Tyrer, Pennington, Anderson, Baningime, Ouzounidis, Astley, Bowler, Iversen (87' Cannon), Simms, Connolly, Hughes (61' Onyango)
Subs not Used: Quirk, Hansen, Carroll  

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Brent Stephens
1 Posted 28/09/2020 at 19:12:55
Simms goal puts U23s ahead.
Jay Wood

2 Posted 28/09/2020 at 19:21:13
Brent, did you say the other day supporters were allowed to attend tonight, or has that all gone out the window again with the government vetoing spectator attendance last week?

Just wonder if by chance you are there, or if you've got a feed to the game. Probably only via the Derby website if so!

Brent Stephens
3 Posted 28/09/2020 at 19:22:50

Just need to quickly enrol then free access.

Brent Stephens
4 Posted 28/09/2020 at 19:24:00
Bowler hits the post!
Jay Wood

5 Posted 28/09/2020 at 19:29:37
Excellent, Brent!

Got it.


Brent Stephens
6 Posted 28/09/2020 at 19:50:37
Everton had the best of the first 15 mins. Derby more in it the next 15. Everton better again final 15 of first half. Bowler by far the best on the pitch and scored after about 10 minutes. No real scares for Everton defence. Some nice touches by Hughes this half.
Brent Stephens
7 Posted 28/09/2020 at 19:51:44
Sorry - Simms goal! Bowler almost!
Jay Wood

8 Posted 28/09/2020 at 19:53:49
We looked well on top from what I saw Brent. Hughes and Bowler always a threat when they got on the ball. Both sides trying to play it out from the back. Everton closing down on that more effectively than Derby.

Although Derby is a Championship side, they always compete well in PL2.

Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 28/09/2020 at 19:55:52
Keep them coming Brent, where is Iverson playing and how is he doing?
Phill Thompson
10 Posted 28/09/2020 at 19:56:29
I’m quietly impressed with both Hughes and Iversen Brent, both haveI developed a lot in past year and I think will be key midfielders for us once some more players go on loan.
Jay Wood

11 Posted 28/09/2020 at 19:59:22
Try and get yourself on to Brent's link to watch the 2nd half of the U-23s v Derby:

Everton U-23s v Derby U-23s

If you need to register, make stuff up as necessary. It worked for me!

Brent Stephens
12 Posted 28/09/2020 at 19:59:39
Dave. Iversen in midfield. Playing well as Phill says. Hughes had some really elegant touches. Bowler outstanding though.
Brent Stephens
13 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:02:47
Jay that worked for me as well - using your details!
Jay Wood

14 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:06:55
Dave, try this link that Brent put up elsewhere.

Everton U-23s v Derby U-23s

Just make up your details if you need to register. Worked for me!

And as that cheeky booger Brent also said elsewhere, it worked for him too...using my details!

Brent Stephens
15 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:10:07
Anderson goal.
Jay Wood

16 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:11:33
2-0 Joe Anderson cracker right at the start of the 2nd half.
Phill Thompson
17 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:12:54
Haha, put your details in Jay, I’ve used the same login for the last 3 seasons, they never bother me with junk . I usually visit twice per year!
Andy Crooks
18 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:14:40
Jay, I know it's off topic but where did the Pickford thread go. Any ideas?
Brent Stephens
19 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:16:37
Derby score from free kick.
Brent Stephens
20 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:17:07
Keeper I think should have saved it.
Phill Thompson
21 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:18:06
That’s a surprising mistake from Harry Tyrer, most unlike him
Brent Stephens
22 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:19:26
Bowler goal.
Jay Wood

23 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:19:28
Agree Brent. I think Harry will be disappointed by that. Seemed to misjudge the flight and made no attempt to keep it out. Unlike him.
Brent Stephens
24 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:19:53
Hats off to Josh.
Jay Wood

25 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:21:09
Derby defence opened like the Red Sea there Brent for Bowler's goal.
Jay Wood

26 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:22:44
'Hats off to Josh [Bowler].'

You just HAVE to ruin the moment, don't you Brent?

What a groaner!

Brent Stephens
27 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:23:39
Onyango on for Hughes.
Jay Wood

28 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:24:27
Onyango on for Hughes. He was very good against Leicester the other night.
Brent Stephens
29 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:24:31
Can’t help it Jay! A flat hat joke.
Brent Stephens
30 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:25:20
Arsenal ahead!!
Hugh Jenkins
31 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:30:33
Brent (30) - good - but I think a draw will suit us best.
Brent Stephens
32 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:31:57
Hugh it didn’t last long. Them are now level.
Hugh Jenkins
33 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:32:53
Brent - LOL - yeas - I think it happened whilst I was typing.

Just hope it stays like that.

Brent Stephens
34 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:35:09
Spoke too soon Hugh.
Brent Stephens
35 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:49:07
Simms goal from great Astley pass.
Jay Wood

36 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:49:20
Simms. 4-1. Clinical.
Jay Wood

37 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:51:22
Pennington off the bar.
Brent Stephens
38 Posted 28/09/2020 at 20:57:27
Well quite a comfortable win. A real mix of youth and experience in the side.
Jay Wood

39 Posted 28/09/2020 at 21:00:02
Another very professional performance.

The Derby commentators saying numerous times how buoyant Everton is looking and feeling these days across all age groups.

Phill Thompson
40 Posted 28/09/2020 at 21:14:05
Some good performances there, Bowler and Simms of course vying for MoM. The player I keep an anxious eye on is Ryan Astley. He's a super ball-playing centre-back, I worry he may miss out on physicality. But, in the last two games, he's hardly put a foot wrong, apart from the odd booking.

I noticed tonight he clipped the ball forward with his left foot a few times, he's been almost exclusively right-footed in the past so that's new, his left foot pass into midfield was picked up and sent to Simms for that final chance he had in injury time. Much more typical is his slide rule side foot pass with his right, like the one which set up Simms for his second.

Overall another very encouraging performance, nice to see Tom Cannon coming on too.

Peter Gorman
41 Posted 28/09/2020 at 21:26:21
Thanks for the running updates - I'll check out the highlights.
John Williams
42 Posted 28/09/2020 at 21:38:18
Agree about Astley, now starting to perform well in his proper position at centre half after his introduction to this level at right back. I also thought Beni played well and definite signs that he is recovering his form and confidence. Simms again confirming that he is a natural finisher and Bowler is too good for Under23 level.

Having watched this game and last week's against Leicester, there is no doubt that Unsworth knows how to set up and motivate a team. Both Derby and Leicester provided spirited opposition but eventually were worn down and in the end, well beaten.

Robert Tressell
43 Posted 28/09/2020 at 21:52:14
In your face, Derby County U23s.

Seriously though, this is a cracking result. Good job David Unsworth for yet another rebuild underway. Would love to see Simms get some minutes in the first team this season to build on his place on the bench at the end of last. I guess it will come if he just keeps scoring.

Is there hope yet for Bowler? I assumed he'd be off on loan or leave. Too good for U23s, not quite good enough for us?

Antony Kelly
44 Posted 28/09/2020 at 22:08:05
Pennington still in U23s he’s 26 next week... Deary, deary me...
Kieran Kinsella
45 Posted 28/09/2020 at 22:17:11

Get your point but I’ve a soft spot for Penno after his derby goal

Brian Cleveland
46 Posted 29/09/2020 at 01:06:05
It really is something though when you have to register on another club's site to watch the game. Seems very amateurish. Happens a lot. Come on Everton, you can do better in promoting your younger players.
Antony Kelly
47 Posted 29/09/2020 at 08:06:16
In my opinion, any player who is over 19 needs to be playing in men's football not playing in U23s football and the reason they are all still there is quite simple they are not good enough... Pennington, Connolly, Ouzounidis, Baningime Bowler etc are just blocking up the system.

Hopefully they will all be gone soon then again if nobody wants them they will be playing U23s all season. I am sorry but for me this is not development we need a younger team, young players need to be playing not this over the hill mob...

Robert Tressell
48 Posted 29/09/2020 at 08:31:35
Anthony, I think it is well recognised that the U23s needs a restructure and that is already underway.

Of those 20 or over I think its expected that only Ouzounidis will stay. He's the youngest anyway at 20.

The fact that Pennington and Garbutt etc spent so long at this level is that we were skint and hoping they would do an Osman and come good a bit later on. Their long contracts were cheap compared with buying players in. It didn't work.

We're not skint now, the U23s already has a better look about it and the most talented from the U18s are getting long contracts.

For the time being, Bowler and others are helping the transition of responsibility over to the younger lot like Simms. The older lot will then depart on loan etc to free up spaces for the youngsters to step into.

The loans are not generally a development thing for Bowler etc. They happen because clubs lower down the leagues can't afford to buy. I don't expect any of those over 20 to play for our first team.

Dave Abrahams
49 Posted 29/09/2020 at 09:37:12
Brian (46), well Brian they are certainly taking their time in providing a service they advertise every season, and some fans pay for, and do very little to put into practice.

Robert (48) I think Pennington has paid for himself, one of his loan deals with Leeds Unt. I think, was worth £500,000 according to reports at the time and he has had a few more loans as welll.

Jay Wood

50 Posted 29/09/2020 at 14:12:32
Very brief highlights of the goals from last night on the club site.

Everton U-23s v Derby U-23s

A little confusing for those of us who watched it live on the Derby County website last night as their cameras shot the action from the opposite side of the pitch.

Nice one touch football by Everton sets up the first for Simms. These images fail to even get Joe Anderson in camera for his thunderous goal at the start of the second half.

The perspective of the Derby goal gives the appearance keeper Harry Tyrer is too far over to his left and the ball flies into the opposite corner, whereas the Derby images showed the ball actually passes over his head and he is seemingly deceived by the flight, doesn't raise his hands and the ball dips in under the bar.

Both Bowler and Simms very tidy in their finishes for the 3rd and 4th goals. It was a very professional performance by the team again last night, replicating a similar level of performance v Leicester on Friday.

Jay Wood

51 Posted 29/09/2020 at 14:29:16
Talking of player development, there is a very good interview with Denis Bergkamp on the BBC about his own early development, the Ajax philosophy to youth development and his take on things today compared to yesteryear.

A very good read which will resonate with many, I'm sure:

Bergkamp's Football Philosophy & The Future of The Game

He talks of:

* 'bridging the two islands' between 1st team football and the academy
* how players are built of four parts - a tactical side, a technical side, a physical side and a mental side. You need all four parts working at a high level to succeed as a professional footballer
* clever strategies employed to iron out faults in a young players game
* too much structured coaching to the detriment of a young players natural ability and inventiveness
* an over-reliance on stats to determine the contribution a player makes

A good read. Recommended.

Mike Bersiks
52 Posted 29/09/2020 at 15:08:15
Could Pennington have possibly been playing due to orders from Carlo as a way to check him ahead of the West Ham cup tie?
Justin Doone
53 Posted 29/09/2020 at 21:22:56
Over the hill at 21.. I thought I had heard it all!

Many players, past and present thankfully ignored such rubbish. Baines, Jags, Osman, Duncan, De gea, Southall, Vardy, Henry, Scholes, Becks and many more looked very average whilst under 21 years of age.

Agree Penningtons 'development' is now too late at the top level but he's good enough for championship / league one and then who knows?

Sadly bad injures at the crucial ages between 18-22 stunted his progress and may have took a yard of pace away from him. But what a goal!

Brian Wilkinson
54 Posted 30/09/2020 at 15:34:44
Barkley and Lookman both out onloan now, how the mighty have fallen, could Moise Kean add to the list of can do better elsewhere.
Will Mabon
55 Posted 30/09/2020 at 15:51:18
Brian, apparently Lookman started only ONE game all season for Leipzig following his permanent transfer. I think that confirms everything that was rumoured towards the end of his time here.
Mike Gaynes
56 Posted 30/09/2020 at 16:00:57
Justin, no, Pennington recovered from his early injury problems -- remember he was in our first-team starting lineup as recently as April 2017, and he had excellent pace. He just lacked physicality and a bit of composure.

Unfortunately his last two Championship clubs have been relegated -- although he was a POY candidate at Ipswich before injuring his ankle -- and he was in the Hull defense that gave up 7 first-half goals to Wigan in July. It would appear League 1 is now his future.

Trevor Powell
57 Posted 30/09/2020 at 16:05:39
Re. Lookman and Barkley. Nice to see their careers going so well after their departures from EFC. Lookman goes to the relegation fodder of 2020-21, and Barkley to be the waterboy for the overblown Grealish. And then what in a year's time? Funny how not many of these want-aways ever make that much progress!
Kieran Kinsella
58 Posted 30/09/2020 at 16:07:04
Pennington I suspect was viewed as borderline long-term first team squad when he was sent out on loan to Ipswich. The two loan spells and extra playing time seem to have shown him up as decent but not really prem material. A bit like Peter Clarke back in the day. But as Dave Abrahams said, financially we probably made money on him and I think he was good enough to at least deserve a shot. Just wasn't quite at the level needed.
Fran Mitchell
59 Posted 30/09/2020 at 16:15:53
Trevor, any need for such scorn?

You could look at both as being huge failures of EFC. Lookman wanted away and rightly so. We never so much as gave him a chance, a few sub appearances here and there. He was excellent at his first spell in Germany, but when he went back he found he was at a team that had progressed whilst he had regressed over the previous 12 months. If he had stayed at Leipzig, he probably would have had much better time of it.

Barkley again, talented but injuries have taken their toll. And when he was a talent that we could have built the midfield around, we spent 45 million on someone not as good and built it around him.

Mike Gaynes
60 Posted 30/09/2020 at 17:05:00
Fran #59, you can't blame injuries for Barkley's failure at Chelsea. He was entirely healthy for two seasons until chipping a bone in his foot last winter, and he's been entirely health for the 20 games they've played in 2020. He just hasn't been good enough. In fact, his performance against us in March was the best game he has played.

He's now 26, in what should be the prime of his career, and he's been dumped on Villa. For all his talent, he just doesn't have what it takes.

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