Everton U23s defeated by Blackburn Rovers tonight

Monday, 4 April, 2022 18comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U23s 0 - 2 Blackburn Rovers U23s

David Unsworth's U23s enter the final month of their Premier League 2 campaign with a home game at Southport tonight against Blackburn Rovers: kick-off 7:00 pm BST.

Despite a number of the better U23 players training with the first team since Frank Lampard's arrival, he has not felt confident in trusting the young to be thrown into the dreadful relegation mire the first team is sinking in. So expect the likes of Kyle John, Issac Price, Lewis Dobbin, Reece Welch and Rhys Hughes to be part of the U23 line-up tonight.

That is unless Lampard holds a few of them back for Wednesday's massive first-team game at Burnley. Of those five, only Hughes and John play tonight.

Charlie Whitaker returns after being out since January. Sean McAllister had also been missing for a number of games before he appeared as a sub last time out against Man Utd.

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Eli Campbell was booked after 17 minutes. Blackburn went ahead on 38 minutes. And before the hour-mark, Rhys Hughes put the ball into his own net to give the visitors a 2-goal advantage.

Elevated from the U18s, Emilio Lawrence came on as sub for the first time at this level. But he could do little to change the depressing scoreline, Everton's 4th defeat in the last 5 games.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Mills, Campbell [Y:17'] (66' Kristensen), John, Anderson, Hunt, Hughes [Y:68'], Butterfield (46' Garcia), Cannon, McAllister [Y:81'], Whitaker (70' Lawrence).
Subs not Used: Leban, Hagan.


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Brent Stephens
1 Posted 04/04/2022 at 18:56:22
Tyrer. Mills. Campbell. John. Anderson. Hunt. Hughes. Butterfield. Cannon. McAllister. Whittaker.
Brent Stephens
2 Posted 04/04/2022 at 18:58:15
Subs Lawrence. Laban. Garcia. Kristensen. Hagan.
Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 04/04/2022 at 19:25:34
Brent, are you at the game? If so, could you do the honours please as you are an excellent reporter!!
Brent Stephens
4 Posted 04/04/2022 at 19:28:36
Even Stephens at the moment dave. I think both teams have had legit penalty claims waved away. No real clear cut chances on 29 minutes.
Tony Everan
5 Posted 04/04/2022 at 19:32:27
Thanks for the updates, Brent, I was hoping it would be on YouTube.
Brent Stephens
6 Posted 04/04/2022 at 19:38:15
Blackburn one up. Incisive pass into penalty area for Wolf (?) to run onto and slot home.
Brent Stephens
7 Posted 04/04/2022 at 20:07:53
Nice move Blackburn ending with header coming off the woodwork.
Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 04/04/2022 at 20:11:38
Brent (4 and 6) Thank you.

Tony (5), the game can’t be televised because Palace are playing Arsenal so it is not allowed.

Brent Stephens
9 Posted 04/04/2022 at 20:13:06
53 minutes. Blackburn goal. Own goal by Hughes from a corner. 0-2.
Brent Stephens
10 Posted 04/04/2022 at 20:25:04
64 minutes Kristensen on for Campbell. Blackburn running the show and threatening a third.
Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 04/04/2022 at 20:26:28
Brent (9),

Apart from Cannon, this is a very young Everton team, isn't it? Is the Blackburn team a much more experienced team by the look of them?

Brent Stephens
12 Posted 04/04/2022 at 20:27:23
68 minutes. Lawrence on for Whitaker.
Dale Self
13 Posted 04/04/2022 at 20:33:53
That's outrageous! Then I'm not watching Palace v Arsenal. I wasn't anyway but now I'm definitely not even checking the MBM with those smarmy twats at the Grauniad.
Brent Stephens
14 Posted 04/04/2022 at 20:46:23

Blackburn have been very impressive as an attacking unit whereas we've looked short of ideas on the offensive.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 04/04/2022 at 20:52:02
Dale (13),

I don't blame you, so I won't tell you that Palace are winning 2-0 and are physically too strong for this Arsenal team!!

Dale Self
16 Posted 04/04/2022 at 21:20:13
Knell Gramps! Didn't expect that. And thanks for keeping me pure, heh heh. Actually hoping Mikel grabs that last CL spot.
Jim Bennings
17 Posted 05/04/2022 at 10:28:16
The Under-23s are basically as shit as the first team, and we expect them to walk in and produce game-changing performance levels.

It's time to have a good look at what the Academy is producing and what role is David Unsworth playing at this club now.

Dave Williams
18 Posted 05/04/2022 at 18:47:39
I didn’t realise that you watched the under 21s Jim and I’d be interested in your views on some of the players.

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