Blackburn Rovers U23s 2 - 2 Everton U23s
David Unsworth's Under-23 side started the season in earnest with a hard-fought draw at Ewood Park when they took on Blackburn Rovers U23s in their first Premier League 2 game.
Everton battled hard for much of the first half but went behind just before the break when Tyrer parried a shot, the rebound slotted into the net.
The Everton youngsters went further behind in the second half, in similar fashion. But Charlie Whitaker headed home a Hughes corner to half the deficit and then they got another one to equalise when Hughes's free-kick was headed out but Stanley Mills smashed a glorious half-volley into the top corner of the net.
Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Anderson (62' Garcia [Y:87']), Astley, Welch, Butterfield, Hughes, Whitaker, Dobbin (61' Cannon), Price, McAllister (46' Mills).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Warrington.
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1 Posted 16/08/2021 at 15:52:39
2 Posted 16/08/2021 at 18:55:07
3 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:00:58
Hughes, Whitaker, McAllister
4 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:06:56
5 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:07:11
Price tests their goalkeeper with a curling shot, then Astley heads goalwards from a corner
6 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:09:47
7 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:20:39
Toffees attacking, two quick corners taken by Hughes aiming for Astley. Comes to nothing
0-0 20 mis
8 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:29:35
9 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:31:44
Blackburn were 1 place above us last season.
10 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:33:20
11 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:34:49
12 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:40:37
13 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:48:14
14 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:50:05
15 Posted 16/08/2021 at 20:02:55
16 Posted 16/08/2021 at 20:05:14
Free kick from Hughes drafts wide.
17 Posted 16/08/2021 at 20:17:54
18 Posted 16/08/2021 at 20:20:41
Caught pushing too many attacking players forward.
19 Posted 16/08/2021 at 20:21:53
20 Posted 16/08/2021 at 20:26:20
21 Posted 16/08/2021 at 20:30:37
22 Posted 16/08/2021 at 20:39:29
23 Posted 16/08/2021 at 20:44:07
24 Posted 16/08/2021 at 20:51:09
It was an entertaining game, fair result will post more soon.
25 Posted 16/08/2021 at 21:04:09
I enjoyed Luke Butterfields performance in the no 6 jersey, played furthest back of the midfielders and looked very composed at times. Rhys Hughes was involved in both the goals with his corners and Ryan Astley had a real captains game at centre back, with young Reece Welch looking good alongside him too. Dobbin and Whittaker had few chances to shine, same with Cannon and Garcia when they came on - Garcia is always a cross between a bundle of energy and a headless chicken when he comes on, he always gets booked for daft tackles. Stanley Mills played well after he came on and slotted into right back when Anderson went off.
26 Posted 16/08/2021 at 22:08:30
It would be nice to think most of these lads could grow together as a team over the next few years, or is that too fanciful?
27 Posted 16/08/2021 at 22:27:31
Yeah you could see that Butterfield and Price work well together despite being both 17, theyve played together for years.
These kids are well coached, well drilled and disciplined, they play from the back, press when needed, switch to a different formation when we are defending, all part of modern football. In truth it can be difficult to pick out the outstanding individual that stands out these days. Hopefully as you say they can grow together as a team.
To be honest I just enjoy watching them play and see their improvement without having great expectations that well have a raft of them playing for the first team soon.
28 Posted 16/08/2021 at 22:29:15
29 Posted 17/08/2021 at 11:29:02
I know we have been here before with our youth teams – the crop with Dowell, Kenny, Connolly, Walsh, Calvert-Lewin and Davies in particular – and expectations have rarely been fulfilled (Calvert-Lewin aside), but these seem a particularly exciting group, so who knows what the future holds, and if we have a manager who is happy to blood them?
30 Posted 17/08/2021 at 12:04:08
Glad to hear Butterfield caught your eye. It's a huge shame that Onyango was injured last season but the opportunities that has afforded to Butterfield have been well and truly taken by the 17-year-old (in my opinion anyway).
I think his general positional play and his discipline in terms of screening the back four particularly impressed me in his performances last season, and he gets about the pitch very well too. I am enjoying his emergence.
31 Posted 17/08/2021 at 12:05:52
Trevor, often I get more pleasure from watching our “kids” than the first team! It was a shame the live stream was announced so late as I know others would have watched it too, that's when the forum aspect with others giving their views comes into its own, we each see different things, styles etc.
Martinez's “Golden Generation” and others are good yardsticks as they were quite recent and help temper expectations – are they as good as Liam Walsh or Kieran Dowell at the same age? We will see,….
32 Posted 17/08/2021 at 12:14:23
A good comparison, Butterfield was certainly playing the same role as when Onyango plays deep, allowing Price to move further forward, but he wasn't afraid to run with the ball when he had it.
In fact, one of the good things last night was that both Astley and Welch carried the ball into the opponent's half a few times, great confidence to do that.
33 Posted 17/08/2021 at 12:21:34
Spot on about the failure of the Golden Generation to really fulfill expectations tempering expectations. It's the million-dollar question – if they had been given a proper chance in the first team at that age, would they have really grabbed it and not just drifted as most of them do? Who knows?
Jonjoe Kenny did actually get that chance, Tom Davies too, but have not truly built on the promise. Benitez hasn't got the greatest record for blooding youngsters but, if they really are good enough, maybe he will.
34 Posted 17/08/2021 at 17:07:19
Dont worry about getting my name wrong Phill, but call me anything except Dave or Brent please mate!
35 Posted 18/08/2021 at 08:16:56
Jonjoe is a topic many of us have debated. Most had high hopes, but I agree, he needs to go elsewhere.
The worrying thing is that having been loaned out to 2 big clubs, neither followed up. And in the context, one was on a downward spiral and the other in the process of being trumped by their rejuvenated neighbours. So if they weren't interested, that's not a good sign.
Having watched him for Schalke, he seems to lack positional awareness, which leads to giving a perception of being a headless chicken at times. In simple terms, he runs around a lot. He also got absolutely schooled by Sabitzer and Leipzig when I watched.
In his defence, another youngster who has come through at a time of turbulence at Everton. And there seemed to be a question mark over where to play him. Certainly at Schalke, where they played him as a wing back at times. Nothing wrong with that for a right sided defender, but just goes back to whether the lad has had stability.
He needs to find a club to get that stability. Maybe drop a level or two and get his career going rather than stagnating as mentioned above.
Alternatively, prove my doubts wrong. I'd be delighted if you do Jonjoe. A true blue, both for Everton and in his short stint with the Konigsblauen (Royal Blues), where he was very popular.
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