Bassala Sambou came off the bench to score twice and secure another fine win for the U23s
New signing Anton Donkor had a lively debut as Everton Under-23s beat the Red Devils 3-1 at Leigh Sports Ground this evening.The Blues' new loan signing from Wolfsburg was given his first run-out in Premier League 2 and claimed an assist for the second goal as Courtney Duffus and Bassala Sambou both found the net to put David Unsworth's team six points clear at the top of the table.
Donkor was into the action quickly, winning a first-half penalty for Liam Walsh to despatch but the midfielder's spot-kick was saved. Donkor then missed a great chance at the back post and the Blues hit the woodwork as they continued to boss the game.
Walsh went close later in the half with an effort that was cleared off the line by United but Everton's pressure told when Courtney Duffus finished off a lovely move to put them ahead. Kieran Dowell found Walsh whose first-time knock was curled into the corner by Duffus as Everton took a 1-0 lead into the break.
United had the chance to level the game almost immediately after half-time, however, when they were awarded a penalty for a foul by Matthew Pennington. But they spurned the chance when Harrop blasted over from 12 yards.
However, when the hosts were given another penalty a few minutes later, Mitchell stepped up and converted to level the match at 1-1, a reflection of the fact that they had taken control of the contest.
Everton hit back though and restored their lead with a terrific finish by substitute Bassala Sambou from Donkor's pass and the striker doubled the advantage soon afterwards when the visitors were awarded the fourth penalty of the night from another Donkor through-ball.
Sambou, one of two changes made by John Ebbrell — Unsworth was not in attendance, sparking speculation he was off concluding another transfer deal — after United's goal, stutter-stepped to send the 'keeper the wrong way and tucked the ball into the opposite corner to make it 3-1.
Harrop cracked a dipping shot off the bar as the home side tried to find a way back into the game in the closing stages but the Blues held on to another fine result.
Everton U23s: Hewelt, Kenny, Foulds, Walsh
(67', Kiersey), Feeney, Pennington, Dowell, Charsley, C Duffus (62' Sambou), Dyson
(62' Broadhead), Donkor.
Subs not Used: Hunt, Yates.
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1 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:19:37
2 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:27:34
3 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:31:00
4 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:39:15
5 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:44:44
6 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:45:55
7 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:49:29
1. Everton U23 1-0 15 11 2 2 33:10 35
2. Manchester City U23 2:0 15 9 4 2 29:17 31
3. Liverpool U23 14 7 3 4 26:16 24
4. Chelsea U23 14 5 7 2 28:18 22
5. Arsenal U23 14 7 1 6 22:19 22
6. Sunderland U23 15 5 6 4 19:20 21
7. Manchester United U23 0:1 15 4 5 6 14:21 17
8. Reading U23▲ 1:0 15 5 2 8 24:33 17
9. Tottenham U23▲ 3:0 15 4 4 7 22:27 16
10. Southampton U23▼ 0:3 15 4 3 8 18:28 15
11. Leicester U23 0:2 14 3 3 8 17:30 12
12. Derby U23 0:1 15 2 4 9 15:28 10
8 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:53:42
9 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:55:16
10 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:05:56
11 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:08:40
12 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:18:23
We're barely getting a touch.
13 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:18:39
14 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:20:20
15 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:30:57
16 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:31:13
17 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:31:25
18 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:32:05
19 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:37:38
20 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:38:21
21 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:38:34
22 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:38:40
23 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:39:17
Sambou is hot: 1-3
24 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:40:15
25 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:42:33
26 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:44:16
27 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:44:55
28 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:56:47
29 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:57:23
Missed most of the good stuff but the likes of Sambou & Donkor are already physically quite big & capable!
30 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:59:38
Michael # 26, that did have me muttering like Mutley - "Fuggingfisherfuckingpriceunitednobheads"
31 Posted 30/01/2017 at 21:04:31
Donkor really impressed me. Intelligent player with a real physical presence who played a number of excellent through balls.
Sambou was a handful when he came on.
Walsh was good in the first half, but faded and was then injured.
Wasn't impressed by Dowell I'm afraid largely anonymous in the stuff I saw at least.
And Kenny wasn't as good as I remembered.
32 Posted 30/01/2017 at 21:30:57
We looked compact in defence and very disciplined with two banks of four, snuffing out United apart from a twenty minute spell immediately after half time. Energy levels and ball retention were good and interceptions plentiful.
1. Mateusz Hewelt
2. Jonjoe Kenny
3. Matthew Foulds
4. Liam Walsh
5. Morgan Feeney
6. Matthew Pennington
7. Kieran Dowell
8. Harry Charsley
9. Courtney Duffus
10. Callum Dyson
11. Anton Donkor
12. Nathan Broadhead
14. Bassala Sambou
15. Jack Kiersey
33 Posted 30/01/2017 at 21:39:09
34 Posted 30/01/2017 at 21:45:31
35 Posted 30/01/2017 at 21:47:46
It was only a Premier League 2 game, but the seeming coherence of our players working together, left me wanting more for our main team!
36 Posted 30/01/2017 at 21:59:15
NB Donkor looks very sharp and Foulds and Pennington looked solid. Let's hope that this team can manage out the last 6 games and win the league. Not getting too carried away but genuine optimism is springing up for the future of our club.
37 Posted 30/01/2017 at 22:07:54
Donkor looks like he shovel some PL defenders already these are mouthwatering times indeed. COYB!
38 Posted 30/01/2017 at 22:09:18
You're dead right, buddy - Donkor and Sambou look quality!
Maybe we don't to spend millions on a new striker after all.
"The future is bright the future is Blue"
39 Posted 30/01/2017 at 22:21:04
40 Posted 30/01/2017 at 22:51:16
Where the blues had several chances and with a little more composure we would have gone in at half time more than the one ahead. I was particularly impressed with Pennington alongside Feeney, a good partnership. Charsley had a great first half in the middle, along with Walsh. Dowell showed some great touches on Everton's right and Donkor impressed on the right, looking strong, pacey and skilfull. Duffus scored a good goal with a great build up.
To be fair all of the youngsters impressed and must mention both full backs Foulds and Kenny controlled the Utd attacks very well and Dyson was busy up front. The second half began and for the first 20 minutes Utd were in the ascendancy and the blues couldn't get hold of the ball and Utd were awarded a dubious penalty which was blasted over the top of Hewletts crossbar.
Not long after that Mitchell tapped the Ball past Feeney only to grab Feeney's arm then tumble over, penalty which was dispatched well to Hewlett's right. 1-1.
Ebbrell made a double change bringing on Broadhead and Sambou. This immediately turned the game back in Everton's direction and it wasn't long before Sambou showed great strength and skill to put the blues up 2-1.
A well won penalty very well despatched by Sambou concluded a very impressive night for the Blues.
Ronald Koeman was in attendance and would have been impressed with Pennington who organised the back 4 very well and was on the end of most crosses put into the box. The future looks bright, the future is Blue.
41 Posted 30/01/2017 at 22:59:26
Hope Walsh is not injured again.
42 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:21:17
Liked the look of Sambou too when he came on style and swagger reminded me of RS Sturridge (before he was shit) much more lively than than Dyson and Duffus.
43 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:40:01
I'm made up Ronny was in attendance to see the lads first hand, and great to hear Donkor and Sambou were impressive.
44 Posted 31/01/2017 at 09:15:34
45 Posted 31/01/2017 at 09:35:25
46 Posted 31/01/2017 at 09:38:24
47 Posted 31/01/2017 at 10:05:17
Koeman and Moshiri after assessing the situation are laying the foundations to a successful future.
48 Posted 31/01/2017 at 12:10:31
For the guys who were at the match, what formation did we play? Any names in the Man Utd team?
49 Posted 31/01/2017 at 12:24:22
Sounds like we played well anyway, the lad Donkor seems like a decent prospect too.
50 Posted 31/01/2017 at 13:06:51
1. Joel Pereira
2. Matthew Olosunde
3. Demetri Mitchell
4. Axel Tuanzebe
5. Eric Bailly
6. Charlie Scott
7. Joshua Harrop
8. Tosin Kehinde
9. Devonte Redmond
10. Scott McTominay
11. Callum Gribbin
Kieran O'Hara Gk
Sadiq el Fitouri
51 Posted 31/01/2017 at 14:19:37
Pennington was out injured for quite a while and has missed most of the season so far. The young centre half tore his hamstring during pre-season and has been on a long path of recovery, returning to the Under-23s side earlier this month as they beat Sunderland.
52 Posted 31/01/2017 at 14:20:33