Everton U23s draw with Crystal Palace

Monday, 10 January, 2022 47comments  |  Jump to last

Everton Under-23s returned in Premier League 2 action on Monday evening as Crystal Palace made the trip to The Pure Stadium.

Ellis Simms featured after seeing Dobbin and Onyango in the team for FA Cup tie at Hull on Saturday.

Stan Mills was on the scoresheet again, putting Everton in the lead. But Crystal Palace hit back on the hour mark.

Isaac Price, on as a sub for Mills, put Everton back in the lead, only to see Palace equalize again 4 minutes later. And that's how it stayed.

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Everton U23s: Tyrer, Welch [Y:50'], John, Astley, Hunt, Campbell, Warrington, Simms, Mills (64' Price), Cannon, Hughes (64' Quirk).
Subs not Used: Leban, Butterfield, Anderson.


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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 10/01/2022 at 18:36:26
Thanks for the reminder Phill, any team news?
Tony Everan
2 Posted 10/01/2022 at 18:52:31
Ellis Simms starting tonight. Will be good to see him in action and how he gets on.
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 10/01/2022 at 18:54:43
Tyrer John Hunt Astley Welch Campbell mills Warrington cannon Hughes Simms.
Phill Thompson
4 Posted 10/01/2022 at 18:57:51
Team is On Twitter Dave but my iPad skills are bad, it looks like a back 5. /3
Tyrer, John, Asley, Welch, Campbell, Hunt, ; Mills; Warrington. Hughes,; Cannon, SIMMS.
Phill Thompson
5 Posted 10/01/2022 at 18:59:01
Or maybe Hunt in a Midfield 4, two attackers ?
Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:01:51
Thanks Brent and Phill.
Brent Stephens
7 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:05:19
Hunt and John pushing up wide on both sides. Leaving a back three
Phill Thompson
8 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:05:42
You at the game Brent or watching the stream?
Brent Stephens
9 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:07:22
At the game Phill.
Mike Gaynes
10 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:10:38
Thanks for keeping us posted, gentlemen!
Brent Stephens
11 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:14:48
Simms missed sitter after great mills through ball.
Jay Wood

12 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:16:57
Has to score. Nice play leading up to it. Good game. Moving the ball well.

And Hunt almost scoring, too.

Phill Thompson
13 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:17:27
Aye not like Simms to miss those.
Danny O’Neill
14 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:20:52
I'm probably only going to get the first half in.

Palace started lively but we've settle and grown into it. Liking the composure of Warrington again but young Stanley Mills is impressing. Good positional awareness and opening of the body on more than one occasion.

Replicating the first team formation and set up as well??

Brent Stephens
15 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:26:19
The Pine Tree Garden Maintenance Stand here could do with a lick of paint. The old king would be sad to see it now.
Derek Moore
16 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:29:12
Mills really does seem a level above the rest, in almost of the games I've seen him anyway. Exciting prospect.
Brent Stephens
17 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:32:20
Great cross from Hunt for easy Mills goal.
Phill Thompson
18 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:33:07
Mills again, great positioning 1-0
Brent Stephens
19 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:35:04
Warrington spraying some lovely balls wide to right wing for John.
Jay Wood

20 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:36:04
Good goal. Good initial hold up and lay off play by Simms, switching play to attack the other flank. Good ball to play in the overlapping Hunt. Good anticipation and run by Mills to score.
Brent Stephens
21 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:45:10
Another sitter missed by Simms.
Jay Wood

22 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:47:24
Simms AND Hughes, both missing the chance to give us a second on the stroke of halftime. Deserved lead. Playing well.
Tony Everan
23 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:49:08
Mills signed his first pro contact last summer, so 18 months of it to run. He definitely has ability to go far, he will have full belief he can emulate his old feller and play at the highest level. It’s early days but he’s a player the club have to keep a watchful eye on contractually. There will be slobbering, jealous clubs circling. His house sharing mate was Thierry Small before he departed, I wouldn’t want the same thing happening with Stanley Mills.
Phill Thompson
24 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:53:45
Certainly doing better than earlier in the season when we went 3-0 down at Palace, lost 3-1, and Rak-Sakyi who’s their No11 tonight, tore us apart. The defensive shape we have tonight has limited his opportunities, but he’s a good, dangerous player.
Sam Hoare
25 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:55:17
We’ve looked pretty good but as I often feel it seems a well organized team effort rather than any individuals especially grabbing the game by it’s scruff. Mills looks confident and I always admire Warrington. Reece Welch looks a good centre back prospect too.
Danny O’Neill
26 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:55:40
Keep saying it every time I see him, but Warrington has a great range of passing on him. Who is our left back?

United v Villa for me now.

Good half that.

Brent Stephens
27 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:57:04
Danny, Campbell is on left of a back three. Hunt I’m advance of him.
Dave Abrahams
28 Posted 10/01/2022 at 19:57:53
Not a bad game, good goal by Mills, he got into a good position from a good cross from Hunt who is doing okay in that left back position after years as an inside forward, I don’t think he is another Tommy Wright though but you never know.

Everton call this a “ live stream” mine is an half dead one although I did get the goal, I know it is free to us season ticket holders but God help anyone who pays a members fee if they are getting the off and on one ‘getting. Think I’ll watch the FA cup game on the BBC from now on.

Mills deserves a go on the subs bench even if it is a token visit, he’s doing okay and a visit to the bench might give him a deserved tonic.

Jay Wood

29 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:13:21
You need to move to Brazil Dave for a better internet connection! My feed on the club site is rock solid.

Lively start by Palace to the 2nd half. Cracking save by Tyrer. Already airborne, he seemed to keep stretching to paw the ball away from the top corner.

Phill Thompson
30 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:19:16
Ooof, I’ve often said the weakest part of Simms game is his heading. Own goal 1-1
Sam Hoare
31 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:20:23
Cracking looping header from Simms, shame it was in the wrong goal.
Brent Stephens
32 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:25:42
Great cross by John for Price to convert well.
Phill Thompson
33 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:26:54
Nicely taken goal by Price, 2-1
Jay Wood

34 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:27:09
Whaddya know? Mills off. Price on. Price scores. Cracking Palace equalizer.
Phill Thompson
35 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:30:19
Hmm, Rak-Sayki been their best player now he’s moved inside 2-2
Danny O’Neill
36 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:32:16
Think it was Campbell, Brent. Looked strong and had a bit of attitude, which I liked.
Peter Carpenter
37 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:34:59
Why are they playing on such a poor pitch? Can't they find a better surface than that.
Phill Thompson
38 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:51:47
Well that was a decent game, two attacking sides second half, and 2-2 was a fair result.

A good defensive performance, Warrington played his usual good game, Stan Mills sparkles every game , in not sure playing Cannon with Simms worked though.

Jay Wood

39 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:53:41
Good game. Fair result. Some good performances by many an Everton player. Enjoyed that.
Sam Hoare
40 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:54:04
Felt we looked in control in the first half and created enough chances to be 2 or 3 goals up and then sloppiness crept in collectively in the second half. Mills and Welch the highlights for me.
Robert Tressell
41 Posted 10/01/2022 at 20:58:08
Great news for Mills. He's not always the most polished but certainly has end product. That will stand him in very good stead.
Peter Carpenter
43 Posted 10/01/2022 at 21:07:09
It looked similar to other performances I've seen this season – worrying. A short spell of decent football but then conceding possession and territory to a brighter, neater team with better movement.

We seem to lack composure on the ball and play far too many long balls. Simms showed why Rondon is still getting a game.

What's in Unsworth's job description? Produce players for the first team? I can't see many of those being anywhere near. Has he got a job for life or does he have an appraisal ever? Think he needs to be on Rafa's list.

Peter Carpenter
44 Posted 10/01/2022 at 21:19:20
Oops, didn't mean that twice.
Brent Stephens
45 Posted 10/01/2022 at 21:28:17
Yes very good game by Mills. Welch steady as ever. And my favourite Warrington. I don't think Kyle John gets the credits he deserves on here. He was his usual self pushing forward and getting in some good crosses, as well as defending stoutly and having to contend a lot of the time with their tricky number 11.
Phill Thompson
46 Posted 11/01/2022 at 12:33:17
Brent, there’s some interesting comments by Adam Jones in the Echo saying how better the U23s play 3/5 at the back than the first team. I did think at times though we failed to play from the back as well as we do with a four, when the two centre backs split left and right to receive the ball from the goalkeeper. More often than not Tyrer was going straight to the wing backs, maybe it was Palace’s pressing which caused it.
Brent Stephens
47 Posted 11/01/2022 at 13:04:07
Phill "there’s some interesting comments by Adam Jones in the Echo saying how better the U23s play 3/5 at the back than the first team".

Interesting comment, Phill. Is that down to some first team individuals being uncomfortable in a back 3, I wonder? In part due to it being a less settled back line in the first team?

At U23 level Astley, Welch and Campbell often feature in a back 3, usually 2 of them together and sometimes all 3.

Phill Thompson
48 Posted 11/01/2022 at 15:35:38
Brent, yes, he makes a point of differentiating between the 3 used at U23s compared to the first team,also last night anyway, U23s having 3 in the middle. Here’s a bit that sums it up from Adam Jones:

The centre-backs are dynamic, comfortable in possession and each with great physical qualities.

Reece Welch particularly in the centre of the trio, made up elsewhere of Ryan Astley and Elijah Campbell, looks to have really turned himself into a commanding leader at the heart of the defensive line.

Another important aspect to note is that in front of them was a trio of midfielders rather than just two.”

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