Darron Gibson made a rare appearance as he struggles to regain full fitness for this season's Premier League campaign. It also marked a welcome return for Tyias Browning after almost a year sidelined with injury.
After hitting the post, the visitors took the lead through Louis McIntosh.
Half-Time: Everton U23s 0 - 1 Norwich City
Gibson and Browning were replaced after the break by Courtney Duffus and Gethin Jones but, in a dreadful second half for the Blues, they fell behind to two more goals before David Henen was ejected from the field for a second yellow-card offence.
Substitute Callum Dyson pulled one back for the Blues with a cool finish 4 minutes from the end but they conceded another goal to complete the rout.
Everton U23s: Gray, Kenny (c), Robinson, Gibson (46' Jones), Browning (46' C Duffus), Feeney, Dowell, Foulds (64' Dyson), Calvert-Lewin, Charsley, Henen [YY-R].
Subs: Renshaw, Yarney.
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1 Posted 04/11/2016 at 15:45:23
2 Posted 04/11/2016 at 19:24:29
He played in a handful of Premier League games last season as a stand-in for Seamus Coleman but suffered an injury playing for Everton's U21s in November. He was forced to go under keyhole surgery on his damaged knee that was expected to require months of rehabilitation, dealing the young defender a significant blow just when he was hoping to take the next step in his development.
I couldn't believe it when Roberto Martinez said back then that the 21-year-old would not play again until this season. Turns out Mr Phenomenal Physiotherapist was right! Let's hope it holds up for the lad. I thought he did really well for us at the top level before that injury.
3 Posted 04/11/2016 at 19:37:01
4 Posted 04/11/2016 at 21:52:48
It looked like Browning and Gibson played the first half for a run-out, neither of them played full-out, so you wonder how seriously Everton are taking this competition.
Kenny was his usual reliable self, putting some good tackles in and he tried to rally his side, but to no avail. Dowell had some good moments but it was Norwich with good players all over the field who caught the eye, especially their left winger, Glenn Middleton, who is only sixteen, and their No 10, Todd Cantwell they were just too good for Everton.
5 Posted 04/11/2016 at 22:05:54
6 Posted 04/11/2016 at 22:28:59
7 Posted 05/11/2016 at 00:04:37
8 Posted 05/11/2016 at 01:00:58
9 Posted 05/11/2016 at 03:40:32
10 Posted 05/11/2016 at 05:43:45
11 Posted 05/11/2016 at 08:30:37
This was a bit of a spanking; I wonder if the injury to Liam Walsh contributed to that.
Good to see Browning back. I've high hopes for him. Gibson, what can you say really; his latest contract should've been pay-as-you-play.
12 Posted 05/11/2016 at 09:21:39
Just put it down to a poor performance, they were completely disorganised apart from a decent spell after half-time when they looked like they would come back and take over the game. I hope they do better against Blackpool on Tuesday.
By the way, the roof leaks in The Stanley Park end, I had to move twice. Where is the money, Bill?
13 Posted 05/11/2016 at 10:47:54
14 Posted 05/11/2016 at 13:37:51
15 Posted 05/11/2016 at 13:47:33
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