Everton U21s 0 - 0 Sunderland U21s
Despite dominating much of the game, including much of the second period, the firing squad of Apostolos Vellios, Chris Long et al could not make celebrations sweeter.
Everton had much the better openings in the first period, as Apostolos Vellios, Chris Long and Tyias Browning all came close. After mosly half-chances, Long had the best opportunity on 27 minutes when he caught the Black Cats napping at the back.
Stubbs made two changes at the break, replacing Garbutt with Matthew Pennington and Vellios with in-form Under-18s forward George Waring. And the additions forced the Blues into an improved second-half showing.
Right-back Pennington looked to have carved the golden opportunity required, but Long could only head his swinging cross over the crossbar on 53 minutes.
Francisco Junior was next to trouble the palms of Pickford, with the Portuguese midfielder forcing a save following John Stones' cut-back.
The lively Long would go close on a further two occasions, firstly tricking his way around a defender only to see his shot hit the side-netting, before seeing another effort denied by the Sunderland keeper.
Hibbert, Browning, Duffy, Stones;
Junior, Garbutt (45' Pennington), Grant;
Vellios (45' Waring), Long, Kennedy.
Subs not Used: Griffiths, Hammar, Molyneux.
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218 Posted 23/04/2013 at 16:04:50
219 Posted 23/04/2013 at 16:07:49
221 Posted 23/04/2013 at 16:20:08
223 Posted 23/04/2013 at 16:26:40
Not good for the lads' confidence is it?
225 Posted 23/04/2013 at 16:33:00
Also not sure how you can say Ossie was anonymous vs City?!
227 Posted 23/04/2013 at 16:35:01
Being dropped is part and parcel of a footballers learning curve. I would hope that at 19 it's water off a duck's back for them.
230 Posted 23/04/2013 at 16:52:37
236 Posted 23/04/2013 at 16:57:21
I agree Ossie is probably not quite up to scratch and won't expect to see him play there in any meaningful games but I think its better than auto- picking the usual cloggers.
237 Posted 23/04/2013 at 17:04:23
What about Lambert? He is much better than Osman and younger yet he doesn't get a look in. Based on recent games Ossie should be nowhere near that list and players like Lambert should be as they are showing better form.
241 Posted 23/04/2013 at 17:07:29
318 Posted 23/04/2013 at 22:25:35
I only follow our youth thru ToffeeWeb. So, they've won Group 1. What's the next competition?
And, does anyone here follow them regularly? If so, interested to hear opinions on Vellios, Stones, and Junior.
324 Posted 23/04/2013 at 22:42:57
I don't know what we've won, but we have won.
341 Posted 24/04/2013 at 00:19:47
I see a future for you on ESPN. Oh wait, you went right to the point. Perhaps not.
Fox Sports will hire you . . . Fuck! That won't work.
Sky Sports, I'll vouch for Kev Johnson. Too succinct is he? OK thanks.
Sorry Kev, did my best. Shame the old days of straight reporting has been shunted aside for noise.
So, I understand we beat the next team, then the next, our U21s are Kings?
Good stuff. Exactly the answer I was asking for.
God help what I'd have to suffer if I asked the same question to one of those network "analysts".
382 Posted 24/04/2013 at 11:00:47
383 Posted 24/04/2013 at 10:57:21
Sam 221, playing a 19-year-old was forced on Moyes and you know had Osman been fit, the lad wouldn't have got a game... It was disgraceful dropping Barkley to the bench the following game.
Can you honestly say hand on heart had Hibbert been fit all this season, Coleman would have started before him? Not a chance! once again it was forced on Moyes through injury to play Coleman most of this season. He did it against Leyton Orient, brought Luke Garbutt on at half-time, never put a foot wrong; the the next round against Leeds, he wasn't even on the bench.
Young players will make mistakes but improve with experience; players past their sell by date will make mistakes and carry on making mistakes due to not having what they once had anymore.
How Naismith can get a bit part every week baffles me, Bryan Oviedo must be wondering what he's got to do to get more than 14 seconds on the pitch v Sunderland.
385 Posted 24/04/2013 at 11:12:06
396 Posted 24/04/2013 at 12:47:54
Not quite we would have to win three games before we would be the winners of the U21 Premier League. This is a new format this year which is also in place for the U18s.
Our form was pretty patchy at the start of the season which meant we didn't qualify for the Elite group in the second phase however since before Christmas we are unbeaten in 13.
Best explained here
412 Posted 24/04/2013 at 14:31:12
416 Posted 24/04/2013 at 14:52:53
Bring in Barkley for Osman and sign a new left winger in the summer.
Sell Fellaini and bring in a midfield enforcer in the mould of Ofoe or Fer.
Sell Jelavic and bring in a striker with some pace, recruit a playmaker type forward/attacking midfielder to play behind and use Big Vic from the bench.
We could get ¬£35m for Fellaini, Jelavic and Heitinga, giving us funds to complete the restructuring of the team.
418 Posted 24/04/2013 at 14:57:10
539 Posted 24/04/2013 at 20:18:32
555 Posted 24/04/2013 at 22:01:09
557 Posted 24/04/2013 at 22:18:53
860 Posted 26/04/2013 at 07:55:50
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