Everton U23s 1 - 0 Derby County U23s
David Unsworth's Under-23s resumed their Premier League 2 campaign with a very hard-fought win against Derby County, thanks to a fine early goal from Whitaker.
Everton got off to a brilliant start, going ahead through a fine Charlie Whitaker strike inside the first 5 minutes. Stan Mills played him in but he had a lot of work to do, controlling the ball well then changing direction and firing across goal, inside the far post.
But as the half progressed, they allowed Derby to come back into the game more and more. Yet they still kept crafting fairly decent attacking moves, creating a number of half-chances, none of which was converted.
Everton came under more pressure in the second half especially from a Derby free-kick, when the ball was cleared on the line by a fantastic kick by Eli Campbell off his own crossbar, it was that close!
But Everton defended their lead through 6 minutes of added time to secure their first very hard-fought win of the season.
Everton U23s: Leban, Mills [Y:77'], Campbell, Astley, Welch, Anderson, Butterfield, Warrington (64' Hughes), Dobbin (73' Cannon), Price, Whitaker (82' McAllister [Y:88']).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Hunt.
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1 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:04:17
2 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:05:54
3 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:07:45
For anybody watching in black and white, Everton are in blue.
4 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:18:42
5 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:25:00
6 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:27:02
7 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:29:37
8 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:33:44
9 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:37:38
Not seen Seb Quirk so far this season either...
10 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:39:23
11 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:42:18
12 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:49:04
13 Posted 10/09/2021 at 19:59:35
14 Posted 10/09/2021 at 20:16:48
15 Posted 10/09/2021 at 20:18:08
Dobbin needs to control the ball better but looks like scoring. Nothing much on the flanks though and no real spark of creativity. Defence making heavy weather of getting the ball through the press also.
16 Posted 10/09/2021 at 20:31:37
17 Posted 10/09/2021 at 20:45:06
18 Posted 10/09/2021 at 20:53:54
19 Posted 10/09/2021 at 21:00:42
It was a bit unlucky I thought that we didn't score from that chance 6 yards out. The excellent cross came in at such a pace that he just tried to get something on it and the ball ricocheted over.
Sean McAllister, 18-year-old, has got something about him, some pace a bit of aggression and direct. He didn't really get too much involved when he came on but he is a player to watch.
20 Posted 10/09/2021 at 21:08:13
Yes they dug in and got the points but surely there should be a plan and a style to their game, don't want to go on too much about the coaching, there didn't seem to be any plan as far as I could see.
I will not criticise any of the players as they are mostly a very young team and will grow together. It seemed a very stop and start game with numerous free kicks, that seems to be the way of football in the U23s matches and not just at Everton.
21 Posted 10/09/2021 at 21:23:12
Phill #6 - I did actually get to talk to Tyler again. He's a couple of weeks away from full scale training (I think he said with the senior squad).
22 Posted 10/09/2021 at 21:26:10
23 Posted 10/09/2021 at 21:37:58
24 Posted 10/09/2021 at 21:42:34
25 Posted 11/09/2021 at 09:03:44
Both Dobbin and Whitaker had some good touches, but overall it shows how far they all are from the PL and first team. Which is just a statement to temper expectations really as the majority last night were 17/18 and will develop further.
26 Posted 11/09/2021 at 09:47:36
27 Posted 11/09/2021 at 17:13:58
Hopefully the team will take strength and grow as a team but its early days but I think this is a transition season for this team.
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