U23s Notch a fine win at Leicester City

Monday, 25 January, 2021 40comments  |  Jump to last
Leicester City u23s 2 - 4 Everton U23s

Goals from Small, Iversen, Ouzounidis, and Broadhead saw Everton U23s complete a fine victory at their Leicester City opponents tonight.

This report is from the Everton website:

A goal and two assists from Nathan Broadhead helped Everton Under-23s to a 4-2 win over Leicester City as Thierry Small got on the scoresheet 24 hours after becoming the Blues' youngest ever First-Team player.

Broadhead got a deserved reward for his night's efforts 12 minutes from time after latching onto a through ball by Rhys Hughes to slot home at the near post and put the seal on an ultimately comfortable Everton victory.

The win was sparked, however, by a 27th-minute strike from Small — named in David Unsworth's XI alongside Tyler Onyango, another to make his Everton bow in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round win over Sheffield Wednesday.

A mistake from Seb Quirk after 10 minutes almost gifted Leicester an early lead. The defender's clearance fell into the path of Khanya Leshabela and his shot had to be cleared off the line by Small.

Nine minutes later Leicester's captain, Callum Wright, fired wide after he was slipped through on goal by Leshabela.

Everton responded with a low, hard-hit shot by Broadhead which was well saved low down by Leicester keeper Jakub Stolarczyk.

The opener saw Broadhead and Small combine. A quick counter-attack, led by Broadhead, prised Leicester open and allowed the Welshman to play in Small, who fired high into the top of the net at the near post. Having become Everton's youngest player aged 16 years and 176 days, the strike will have added further gloss to an unforgettable couple of days for the left-back.

Leicester responded eight minutes later. A pass over the top of the defence was met by Jake Wakeling and he cut the ball back to Wright, who fired under Joao Virginia.

Everton, though, hit back immediately from the kick off. Winger Einar Iversen was set free down the right and he calmly slotted past Stolarczyk into the bottom left corner.

Unsworth's side got their third on the stroke of half-time. A whipped free-kick from the right by Hughes was glanced home by centre-back Con Ouzoundis into the bottom left corner.

Leicester fought their way back into the game with 20 minutes to go. Wright's shot on the edge of the area fell into the path of Wakeling, who made no mistake.

Defender Joe Anderson produced a heroic sliding tackle to keep Everton ahead 15 minute from time. After Virginia saved well from the hosts' initial shot, Anderson slid in to deny Ali Reghba a tap in from close range.

Four minutes later Everton had breathing space again. A swift counter-attack saw Hughes march downfield and slide Broadhead in to score at the near post.

The win takes the Blues up to fifth place in the Premier League 2 table, four points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur.

Everton U23s: Virginia, John, Small (83' Butterfield), Quirk (79' Price), Ouzounidis, Anderson, Iversen, Baningime, Broadhead, Onyango, Hughes (87' Cannon).
Subs not Used: Tyrer, Hunt.


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Phill Thompson
1 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:24:33
Currently playing Leicester U23s , live on Leicester site for free. 0-0. Both Onyango and Small playing. Onyango looking good.
Brent Stephens
2 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:27:16
Small scores for U23s
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:28:12
Played in by Broadhead. Nicely taken.
Phill Thompson
4 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:32:39
Small is playing left midfield instead of LB, interesting move mirror of last night
Brent Stephens
5 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:35:03
1-1. Ball over the top. John caught out and Con slow to cover.
Brent Stephens
6 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:36:17
2-1. Broadhead plays in Iverson to score after Onyango wins the ball.
Peter Gorman
7 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:38:30
lovely stuff, Brent - please keep the updates coming as I cook dinner
Phill Thompson
8 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:38:59
Brent, iQuirk at 4 was also caught out for the goal, he’s not a centre back and has been caught out a few times. Astley must be injured or heading out on loan.
Brent Stephens
9 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:43:54
Lovely through ball from Hughes but Broadhead goal just offside.
Brent Stephens
10 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:44:52
Phill did I mistake Quirk for John?
Brent Stephens
11 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:45:43
Con scores from free kick.
Phill Thompson
12 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:47:44
Yep, good free kick from Rhys Hughes.
Brent John is 2 at right back, Quirk is 4 centre back, never seen him play there before.
Brent Stephens
13 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:47:47
Brent Stephens
14 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:48:51
My bad, Phill.
Phill Thompson
15 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:56:55
Brent these youngsters need to get a grip, they all look alike with their floppy hair, need a few shaved heads, hair dyed blue etc to pick them out ;-)
Phill Thompson
16 Posted 25/01/2021 at 19:59:10
It’s been a good first half for us, Onyango and Broadhead were stand outs for me. We’ve up our game and played some good football.
Brent Stephens
17 Posted 25/01/2021 at 20:01:36
Unselfish of Broadhead for two of the goals.
Phill Thompson
18 Posted 25/01/2021 at 20:01:37
Onyango involved in our first two goals, playing a neat pass forward, then winning the ball for the second but full credit to Nathan Broadhead for great final passes for both of them.
Brent Stephens
19 Posted 25/01/2021 at 20:28:04
Miss kick by Quirk in penalty area gifts a goal.
Brent Stephens
20 Posted 25/01/2021 at 20:36:40
Broadhead goal after through pass from Hughes (?).
Brent Stephens
21 Posted 25/01/2021 at 20:37:40
Against the run of play in this half.
Phill Thompson
22 Posted 25/01/2021 at 20:37:42
Very well taken, he’s worked hard and deserved his goal.
Phill Thompson
23 Posted 25/01/2021 at 20:40:41
Looks like a back five now with Small and John wingbacks or full-backs, Iversen in among the centre-backs.
Phill Thompson
24 Posted 25/01/2021 at 20:41:43
Phill Thompson
25 Posted 25/01/2021 at 20:45:24
Tom Cannon on.
Brent Stephens
26 Posted 25/01/2021 at 20:45:54
Cannon on for Hughes.
Brent Stephens
27 Posted 25/01/2021 at 20:46:39
What a save by Virginia!
Phill Thompson
28 Posted 25/01/2021 at 20:57:51
Final score 4-2 to Everton for a well deserved win against a decent Leicester side.
Brent Stephens
29 Posted 25/01/2021 at 21:00:36
Pretty much all Leicester second half, Phill! Yet we still score.
Phill Thompson
30 Posted 25/01/2021 at 21:04:17
All enjoy it when the kids win and some good performances out there tonight from Broadhead particularly and Onyango, who faded a bit in the second half. Einar Iversen had a good game too, plus Kyle John pushing up at right-back.<>And we gave debuts at this level to two 17-year-olds, Isaac Price and Luke Butterfield. Throw in the 17-year-old Onyango, 16 year-old Small and 18-year-old Cannon and it's quite clear the trend of making the team younger is continuing and getting the result too.
Phill Thompson
31 Posted 25/01/2021 at 21:07:27
Brent, ‘tis the modern way, close down your opponents and hit them on the break.

It was also good looking at the formations, how we dropped back to five in the middle, one up front at times, then attacked with Hughes and Iversen supporting Broadhead.

Brent Stephens
32 Posted 25/01/2021 at 21:10:23
Yes, a very flexible in formation. I was just thinking that about recent first-team games. So much interchanging of positions.
Phill Thompson
33 Posted 25/01/2021 at 21:10:35
Interesting too how we reshaped. It looked like Small needed to come off but, instead of a straight swap, they moved Iversen to the back first, played with a 5 until he settled, brought on another midfielder for Small, then revert to a back four.
Phill Thompson
34 Posted 25/01/2021 at 21:13:00
Despite the stick Unsworth gets, his players are well drilled in their positions. So, when Carlo was looking to Onyango and Small to play yesterday, they fitted in quickly to the first-team method.
Robert Tressell
35 Posted 25/01/2021 at 21:33:33
All sounds very encouraging. A nice bit of evolution, as predicted in January. As well as having them well drilled, Unsworth also seems to build a team dynamic. So expect to see the new boys gel over the rest of the season. Maybe one or two can emulate Onyango and Small.
Phill Thompson
36 Posted 25/01/2021 at 22:22:36
Robert, there was an interesting bit from the Leicester manager pre match. He said they know Everton will give them a game because they play proper football expecting to win, it's about winning not just development. They liked to play similar style. If you're winning games you've got good players.

He also said something like, none of this playing from the back, you just end up with centre-backs who are not used to heading the ball. It was an interesting take. Steve somebody... I didn't catch his name.

Robert Tressell
37 Posted 25/01/2021 at 22:29:44
Just noticed Callum Wright was prominent for Leicester. I think he was the Blackburn youngster we were strongly linked with before he went to Leicester.
Brent Stephens
38 Posted 25/01/2021 at 22:29:58
Phill, I also thought the Leicester commentators knew the Everton players and were very fair and complimentary in their comments on them.
Phill Thompson
39 Posted 26/01/2021 at 09:43:47
Brent, often the “home” commentators for our away fixtures are better than our home ones. I find it interesting hearing their comments on our players, though there is an inevitable bias on refereeing decisions at times!
Dave Abrahams
40 Posted 26/01/2021 at 10:16:40
Sorry I missed this game, sounds like it was good to watch. I always liked Broadhead, he's got a decent future in football. I think he would have got a loan or permenant move last summer only for a bad injury at the time. He could move this month, and to a Championship level; he wouldn't be out of place IMO.

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