Everton U23s 3 - 2 Manchester City U23s
David Unsworth's U23s came back from a first-half goal down in Southport to secure a massive win over Manchester City.
With only one win in their last six games, they are still second from bottom with only Derby County on a worse record in Premier League 2. Welch, Cannon, Onyango and Dobbin all start, suggesting they are unlikely to be involved against Spurs tomorrow.
[Kyle John was unwell before the game and Seb Quirk played in his place, reducing the subs bench to four players.]
And they could only keep Man City at bay for less than half-an-hour before conceding the first goal, but did very well to come back before the break with Tom Cannon pouncing on a through-ball from Stan Mills to score a really good equalizer.
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In the second half, Tom Cannon's drive beat the Man City keeper but hit the bar and Stan Mills followed up to volley a super shot that hit the post and goes in off the keeper. They all count!
And it got even better for the young Blues as the second-half subs combined superbly Hughes pulling the ball back for Whitaker's shot to squirm underneath the keeper, who may feel he should have saved it.
But City came back into it with a low cross that was deflected into his own net by Ryan Astely. In the last minute of added time, City hit the bar but the Blues hung on for a tremendous morale-boosting win!
Everton U23s: Tyrer,
John Quirk, Anderson [Y:90+3'], Welch, Astley, Warrington, Mills (72' Hughes), Price [Y:36'], Cannon, Onyango [Y:74'] (79' McAllister), Dobbin (68' Whitaker).
Subs not Used: Barrett.
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1 Posted 06/11/2021 at 12:10:48
I live in Chester, and although it is just about possible via Train, it is difficult both to get to these matches and back, and also fit in other duties and commitments.
2 Posted 06/11/2021 at 12:49:52
It could actually be beneficial to the young players too, knowing they have a bigger audience. Preparation and professionalism from the youngsters could be heightened because of it.
This must have surely been discussed at board level, Id like to know the reasoning for overlooking it.
3 Posted 06/11/2021 at 12:52:14
4 Posted 06/11/2021 at 12:58:21
Hope your interior remodeling is coming along well. We could use a little of your expertise in our new abode.
Brent, keep us posted, mate.
5 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:04:07
The club website is having a blog, commentary type thingymajig. Along with some stats etc. if anyone wants to follow the game.
Kick off delayed until 1.15, leaves on the pitch.
6 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:06:10
7 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:09:05
8 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:13:38
Thought perhaps they'd gone to cricket standards by mistake.
9 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:16:41
10 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:18:59
11 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:24:48
I thought Astley said “never gonna give you up never gonna let you go”
12 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:25:49
If it was being broadcast at least Benitez could watch, cos Im betting he isnt there, but he should be.
13 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:35:37
14 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:36:54
15 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:38:22
16 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:47:02
17 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:49:33
18 Posted 06/11/2021 at 13:54:28
19 Posted 06/11/2021 at 14:01:33
20 Posted 06/11/2021 at 14:10:07
45' GOAL! Cannon fires #EFCU23 level!
1-1 at half time
21 Posted 06/11/2021 at 14:38:57
22 Posted 06/11/2021 at 14:40:47
23 Posted 06/11/2021 at 14:41:32
24 Posted 06/11/2021 at 14:45:04
25 Posted 06/11/2021 at 14:49:18
26 Posted 06/11/2021 at 14:52:56
MCAllister on for Onyango.
27 Posted 06/11/2021 at 14:57:17
28 Posted 06/11/2021 at 15:07:59
FT 3-2 blues great game
29 Posted 06/11/2021 at 15:11:45
They may be young but they dont give up the fight when theyre behind.
30 Posted 06/11/2021 at 15:27:27
Re post #25, it's easy to spout a lot of talk at this time of the year about the youngsters in the final year of their contract. By my reckoning, this is close to the full list of U23s and young fringe players that the club need to make decisions on:
Quite the list. People ask why some of those names aren't tied down? Probably the same names wondering why we kept youngsters on long contracts when it was 'obvious' they weren't going to make it.
31 Posted 06/11/2021 at 15:39:45
Adding my thanks to Brent Stephens for his information during the game.
32 Posted 06/11/2021 at 15:44:12
Really impressed with that, not only because it was a win against City who are doing so well in the league but also by the manner of the win. Going a goal down didn't worry the lads. And I can't name a single player who doesn't give it 100%, and who doesn't get stuck into tackles. Unsie has this whole squad knowing what each player should be doing; they play as a unit. Interestingly, no zonal marking on corners.
Price, as thin as he is, impresses me more each time I see him - incredible stamina, distances covered, recovery rate after a lung-bursting run, and good ball skills.
Warrington again very solid as defensive midfielder. Tyler saved us a few times.
33 Posted 06/11/2021 at 15:48:37
34 Posted 06/11/2021 at 17:36:37
That list rather reminds me of that theory that social problems increase in direct proportion to the number of social workers.
35 Posted 06/11/2021 at 17:58:04
There are big decisions to be made regards quite a few of the young lads contracts.
At the same time other clubs will have young players in the same position.
I hope that we are actively scouting any young talented player with any other club. Ready to poach the best of them like the piranhas were around Thierry Small.
We have be as ruthless as teams are with us.
36 Posted 06/11/2021 at 20:20:26
Four I would definitely give new contracts as they should be around the first team next season: Dobbin, Simms, Welch, Tyrer.
Of the other 5, for me, it depends on how much progress the 1st year U18s make to push them out of the U23s and whether the likes of Warrington, McAllister and Hughes deserve another year as they will also add experience. Leban will be good cover so worth keeping, excuse pun, then it's a straight choice between Kyle John and the younger less experienced Matt Mallon, who I believe hasn't got a pro contract yet.
It's a savage world for these kids but we can't turn back to the old days by keeping them too long. If gaps then appear we need to fill them by buying in promising youngsters from other clubs.
37 Posted 06/11/2021 at 21:25:01
39 Posted 06/11/2021 at 00:01:06
What about his accelerating pace? How fast is he?
40 Posted 07/11/2021 at 00:44:24
Agree with Derek. What a missed opportunity by the club to not stream these matches. How many supporters would subscribe? And yes, I would not begrudge paying for the privilege.
I don't want to get carried away as I don't think he is banging on the door of the first-team changing room, but encouraging to hear more good reports of Warrington. I like him. Surely let's get him involved with the first team on the training pitch?
Let's go tomorrow, Blues.
41 Posted 07/11/2021 at 08:07:30
Yeah, it's a long-standing moan how bad we are about screening these matches. This time, there may be an excuse as there was a Premier League match on at 12:30 being screened – I think we are not allowed to “compete” with those matches.
42 Posted 07/11/2021 at 09:49:14
Yes, Price has good acceleration as well. And all this right to the last minute.
BUT - will he develop further, into first team material?! If I could only predict!
43 Posted 07/11/2021 at 12:36:24
44 Posted 07/11/2021 at 20:23:26
Onyango was quite quiet in this game. The game seemed to pass him by a lot. Maybe it's just that I didn't notice his contribution so much?
But, based on what I saw with my own eyes, he was okay; didn't put a foot wrong in any major way; got in some decent tackles and passes. But he's only just back from serious injury so is understandably going to take a wee bit of time to get back to his previous level. Soon, I hope!
45 Posted 07/11/2021 at 20:45:11
46 Posted 07/11/2021 at 20:51:03
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