Everton U23s 1 - 3 Sheffield Utd U23s
The first game in Group D of this season's Premier League Cup competition has seen Everton's Under-23 side register a defeat after taking the lead against Sheffield United.
David Unsworth is still without a number of upcoming stars who are sidelined with injuries: Ellis Simms, Tyler Onyango, Einar Iversen, Harry Tyrer and Seb Quirk have yet to appear so far this season.
His side started well and scored in the 9th minute when Rhys Hughes delivered a corner from the right and Lewis Dobbin reacted quickly to flick the ball into the net at the near post for his first competitive goal for the Under-23s.
But this enlivened the visitors who would go on to score two goals in the first half and add a third right after the break.
Everton U23s: Leban, Mallon, Hunt [Y:78'], Astley, Welch, Anderson, Hughes, Warrington, Dobbin, McAllister, Cannon.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Butterfield, Price, Whitaker, Campbell.
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1 Posted 17/09/2021 at 19:58:38
Our two conceded from diagonal balls from left and right with Anderson (?) and then Welch caught napping. But Warrington again impressing. Cannon again looks off the pace.
2 Posted 17/09/2021 at 21:35:21
Despite an early Dobbin goal from a corner, he was hardly in this game. Their Number 4 had him in his pocket and Dobbin didn't have much more of a look-in when he moved over to the right.
I can't say that we had a good challenge in on any of their 3 goals: diagonal balls from left (Anderson napping? A good game despite this) and right (Welch napping? A poor game overall). Their third a shot from just inside our box, central.
Disappointed again with Cannon. Slow, poor control, poor anticipation. But very impressed again by Warrington in midfield. A good shift also from McAllister – he gets stuck in physically, as does Hunt.
4 Posted 18/09/2021 at 10:03:18
Still missing at least five 'star' players through injury by my reckoning. Were you able to secure any updates through your surreptitious enquiries from the sidelines?
5 Posted 18/09/2021 at 10:12:50
Haha, no further updates! I think he was avoiding me!
Can't stress how good Sheffield United were, all over the pitch (and they operate in a lower / weaker division?). Dobbin had a few good moments and chances but really impressed by the way their Zak Brunt dominated Dobbins.
6 Posted 18/09/2021 at 12:46:40
I remain unconvinced about pushing the playing age down and down but we may now not have the players to field older, more experienced sides that might stand a better chance of playing well and winning and playing more games and thereby giving our youngsters more prospects to play, improve, shine, impress, and even win trophies!
7 Posted 18/09/2021 at 12:55:08
Good to hear the feedback on young Warrington Brent. He's caught my eye on the few occasions I've watched him. I suppose the only concern is that he's another that has been locked in the academy bubble since a very young age from what I understand.
Personal view, but I don't always feel that is healthy.
8 Posted 18/09/2021 at 13:58:23
9 Posted 18/09/2021 at 14:05:48
10 Posted 18/09/2021 at 14:57:48
An interview with Sean McAllister talking about his background and breaking his leg in a cup final just as he was about to join us.
11 Posted 18/09/2021 at 22:56:54
Only my view, and I respect all views, but there's no spark this term that stays lit for 94 minutes.
12 Posted 19/09/2021 at 20:39:36
13 Posted 19/09/2021 at 21:21:01
NB Im not a body language expert, but having watched football at amateur level, to professional level for years you can spot the signs.
Lets see who plays and what happens in the next few games.
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