Everton Under-23s regained their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League 2 table with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Arsenal at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.
In a game of few clear-cut chances, it looked as though the young Blues would be forced to settle for a point when, on a weathered pitch, Courtney Duffus fired a shot over the bar midway through the second half.
But David Unsworth's determined side continued to push forward and eventually got their reward four minutes from the end when Nathan Broadhead latched on to Kieran Dowell's slide-rule pass, danced past his marker and fired into the bottom corner.
Sam Byrne, who has been out with a broken leg since last March, came on as a second-half to announce his return from that horrific injury. The victory stretches the Under-23s' unbeaten run in the league to eight games and keeps the Toffees in pole position for the title with six games left to play.
Everton U23s: Hewelt, Foulds, Pennington, Feeney, Kenny, Walsh, Charsley, Donkor (60' Broadhead), Dowell, Sambou (46' Baningime), C Duffus (74' Byrne).
Subs: Hunt, Henen.
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1 Posted 06/02/2017 at 19:13:43
2 Posted 06/02/2017 at 19:22:23
3 Posted 06/02/2017 at 19:25:20
4 Posted 06/02/2017 at 19:50:46
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8 Posted 06/02/2017 at 20:50:41
9 Posted 07/02/2017 at 06:08:47
10 Posted 07/02/2017 at 06:46:00
Walsh's path to the first team looks tough now given our sudden plethora of central midfield options.
Dowell must be feeling left behind by his mate Davies but needs to work hard and find a consistency to accompany his undoubted talent. Perhaps a loan is needed for him?
11 Posted 07/02/2017 at 07:54:16
Liam Walsh has had a few injuries but if he can stay fit, then I suspect we could see him on the bench before the season's end.
12 Posted 07/02/2017 at 09:31:07
13 Posted 07/02/2017 at 13:58:11
A loan for Dowell in a decent football-playing Championship side would do wonders for the lad.
14 Posted 08/02/2017 at 16:32:57
Joe Royle rates Liam Walsh very highly and doesn't think his size will stop him from progressing.
15 Posted 08/02/2017 at 16:50:11
Due to his size and chipping in with a few goals I picture him as an Osman player who's a bit more gnarly overcoming his size with aggression. That said, I've only seen the goals and read the match reports so just thought I'd ask.
16 Posted 09/02/2017 at 09:35:18
Yes you go close with Leon Osman, but a toughened up Leon.
I like his all-round game, passing and tackling, won't give up attitude, hates losing, doesn't slacken, won't let his team mates slacken, that's one reason he has been captain a few times, same as Jonjoe Kenny, they are team players constantly urging their team mates to give a little bit more.
Liam is a natural ball player, like Lookman, a street footballer, football is second nature to him, takes good free kicks and corners.
He is going to make a very good footballer, I sincerely hope it is with Everton.
By the way, after that write-up, I'm no relation to Liam, never met him and I'm not his agent either.
17 Posted 09/02/2017 at 09:51:42
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20 Posted 09/02/2017 at 16:19:20
He is one of the (forgive me) potential 'golden generation' that included Davies, Dowell, Ledson, Connolly and Kenny. Kids with an exceptional attitude.
I've not necessarily seen Walsh as a 'natural' myself; I've seen the evidence that he is peculiarly dedicated to the game, like most of those named above. Simply put, he is always looking to improve. Either way (or both), he is a special player.
Then there is Harry Charsley, a player I'd not bracket with the others in terms of talent but yet of all the youngsters on our books has had the most consistent development, being noticeably better season upon season. If his progress continues at this rate, he will be close to the first team in the next year or two. Has a knack of chipping in with important goals. A lot.
I'd echo Dave's comments about the leadership qualities of Walsh and Kenny. Kenny really should be our second choice fullback were it not for the versatility of Holgate.
21 Posted 10/02/2017 at 17:53:24