U23s fall to a 3-1 defeat at Man City

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Everton Under-23s went down to a 3-1 loss at new Premier League 2 leaders Manchester City.

The young Blues fell behind at the Academy Stadium on Friday night when Ben Knight finished with 18 minutes on the clock.

David Unsworth's side equalized 6 minutes after the break as Mackenzie Hunt swung in a corner and fellow substitute Tom Cannon planted a firm header into the net.

But the hosts restored their advantage just 5 minutes later before they took all the points with a third goal scored just past the hour mark.

Everton Under-23s remain 5th in Premier League 2

Everton: Hansen, Quirk (45'Hunt), John, Astley, Ouzounidis, Anderson [Y:48'], Iversen [Y:68'], Price (64' Welch), Broadhead [Y:34'], Onyango, Hughes (45' Cannon [Y:82']).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Butterfield.


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Dave Williams
1 Posted 06/02/2021 at 17:32:27
Small in the senior squad for Man Utd??
Mike Oates
2 Posted 08/02/2021 at 16:43:16
I watched the game on Everton Membership TV and it was like men against boys. City's lads are so well coached with ball retention, movement into space, awareness of team mates and team set up, that even with our 451 defensive set up we couldn't get near them most of the time. I don't know the stats but it must have been 70:30 in favour of City. They had a lad called Doyle who ran the show from centre midfield (noticed he was on the bench for the Liverpool vs City game yesterday)- he's the next Foden.
He completely overran our Onyango, who seems to be our next potential lad with Small.

I really don't know what's going on with the academy, but the lads we are producing are devoid of any PL potential, coached poorly and set up even worse. We currently have Tom Davies as our sole player who came up through the academy, yet Utd finished the game against us on Saturday with 4 academy lads, Greenwod, Rashford, MacTominay and Tuanzebe.

Liverpool have 2-3 playing regularly, Arsenal have 3-5 playing regularly, there is something clearly wrong with whole of our Academy, U23 set up
- it's absolutely rubbish !

Tony Abrahams
3 Posted 08/02/2021 at 16:55:51
I only watched a bit of the game, and it’s always difficult playing against a side like City, but what disappointed me, like it did in the Liverpool game, was that Everton didn’t really have any discernible style.

I’ve heard good things about Price, and I hope he comes through, simply because he looked our best player with the ball, but maybe that isn’t difficult, because to many Everton players looked like they didn’t really want the ball.

Jay Harris
4 Posted 08/02/2021 at 17:48:43
That was a difficult game all around Which showed how superior City are to us even though there are not that many points between us and I don't know how much it would cost to build an academy stadium but it does show City's ambitions off much better than us.

Big 5 my arse.

Antony Kelly
5 Posted 09/02/2021 at 20:07:22
Unsworth is not a developer he has played older players in the past to win games and he certainly is not a possession coach.
At least now the team is looking younger and I applaud that but these young players need a coach who can teach them how to play with the ball..

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