U23s: fine 3-0 win over Manchester City

Friday 13 October 2017  51 Comments  [Jump to last]

Everton gave the home side a good lesson in confident, skilful and dominant football at the City Academy Stadium to defeat Manchester City by the handsome score of 3-0.

Jose Baxter featured again and was looking lively with an early shot that screwed wide.

The fist goal came when Henen chased down a ball over the top from Evans and beat his man to fire in on the keeper who could only parry it for Sambou to score with an easy tap-in.

The game was effectively won with a superb goal from Luke Garbutt just 2 minutes later, his brilliant free kick curled around the City wall and just inside the post. The left back was suitably mobbed by his teammates.

David Henen picked up a great pass from Sambou, took it forward shaking off two defenders to round the substitute 'keeper and slot home to seal Everton's dominance against the team they pipped for the title by just 3 pts last season.

Everton needed some good saves from Louis Gray in goal to keep the clean sheet.

Everton U23s Gray, Garbutt, Foulds, Feeney (c), Markelo, Evans, Baningime, Adenrian (77' Donkor), Henen (69' Broadhead), Baxter (65' Charsley), Sambou.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Ozounidis  

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Kim Vivian
1 Posted 13/10/2017 at 19:03:36
U23s live on Facebook right now vs Man City for anyone interested.
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 13/10/2017 at 19:22:26
Kim is there any other links to this game? I'm not on Facebook.
Michael Kenrick
3 Posted 13/10/2017 at 19:37:47
35' Sambou scores the first goal on the break after a shot from David Henen was parried to him, 2 yards out.
Dermot Byrne
4 Posted 13/10/2017 at 19:41:28
God, nice to hear just a simple thing to celebrate like a goal, Michael.
Michael Kenrick
5 Posted 13/10/2017 at 19:41:39
Absolutely beautiful free-kick from Luke Garbutt makes it 2 for Everton before the break.
Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 13/10/2017 at 19:47:29
Any links to this game besides face book?
Peter Gorman
7 Posted 13/10/2017 at 19:47:46
2-0 Garbutt freekick

Not a bad watch, these kids. Jose Baxter getting a run out into the bargain.

Dermot Byrne
8 Posted 13/10/2017 at 19:52:14
Great to hear and, on a human basis, the Baxter angle is ace.
Michael Kenrick
9 Posted 13/10/2017 at 20:19:07
Great job by David Henen for goal number 3!

Glommed onto a great pass from Sambou, took it forward shaking off two defenders to round the substitute 'keeper and slot home. Lovely!

Michael Kenrick
10 Posted 13/10/2017 at 20:29:05
65' Jose Baxter gives way to Harry Charsley.
David Barks
11 Posted 13/10/2017 at 20:34:15
I'm always one to stress the difference in the level of quality between the Under-23s and the Premier League. But that being said, how can Garbutt not be given some time on the pitch ahead of Baines?

Baines seems to get away from being singled out on here, but he has been way below par for quite a while now. He can't beat a man, his passing has been suspect, set pieces fairly atrocious.

Garbutt would seem to be one who could add some pace down the flanks and provide a quality ball.

Michael Kenrick
12 Posted 13/10/2017 at 20:35:52
69' Nathan Broadhead on for David Henen, who went down injured.
Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 13/10/2017 at 20:36:03
Michael, how did Jose do? Is there still a chance for him to make a living out of football at a professional level?

I know it will be hard to judge from just over an hour, I'd like to think there is.

Michael Kenrick
14 Posted 13/10/2017 at 20:43:37
I liked a few things I saw from him, Dave. Looked to play some nice forward passes and was the first to make a decent strike toward goal.

I think he wanted to take the dangerous free-kicks but gave way first to Anthony Evans, then had to watch and admire the skill of Luke Garbutt for that excellent second goal.

Pretty good comms from a Citeh bloke. Done all his research. Only query was his statement that Garbutt at 24 was Everton's oldest player. No: Jose Baxter is 25.

77' Dennis Adeniran makes way for Anton Donkor.


Tim Greeley
15 Posted 13/10/2017 at 20:52:20
Back on a very old version of FIFA soccer, Jose Baxter was a complete machine/animal that I progressed up to like a 95 rating. He was a (video game) STAR all over Europe as Everton returned to the glory days... still time Jose. Still time.
Dave Abrahams
16 Posted 13/10/2017 at 20:55:08
Michael, thanks for that input on Jose, I like him to get another chance as I believe he has knuckled down since coming back to Everton and he must know it is his last chance to get another club and make something of himself and earn a good living out of his remaining years in the game; I hope he has learned some sense.

Luke Garbutt is another player where the game has passed him by in the last two or three years, Everton paid a lot of money for him as a 17-year-old and he had a very promising start to his Everton career but then his form dipped and he had a couple of injuries plus a loan spell at Fulham that didn't go to well.

He seems to have come into a better period this year so maybe the potential he had earlier is finally starting to show and maybe he could give Leighton a well earned rest in the coming weeks.

Jay Wood
17 Posted 13/10/2017 at 21:05:36
Absolutely tanked 'em!

Very impressive performance. A proper team performance with everyone playing well, keeping shape and discipline.

City could play all night and they wouldn't find a way through us.

Three very nice goals as well.

Aidan Baker
18 Posted 13/10/2017 at 21:09:38
Agree with comments re Baxter and Garbutt. EitC have programmes for ex offenders, so excellent if Baxter can be a positive model.

Most Everton players were good. However my MotM – the captain Morgan Feeney: I thought he was excellent all night in the air, the timing of his tackles, his general reading of the game, and the way he managed the backline.

Lev Vellene
19 Posted 13/10/2017 at 21:10:20
David (#9) and Dave (#14),

Could we hope that Garbutt has actually passed the speed bump by now? He's done the suck, and he now actually starts to look good for the U23s! I liked his performance today!

Lev Vellene
20 Posted 13/10/2017 at 21:16:03
Aidan (#16),

Feeney was excellent again! I was not at all shocked when he finally got his turn on the substitutes' bench for the first team, at last! We should try to play him soon.

Paul Ellam
21 Posted 13/10/2017 at 21:16:52
I think I'm gonna start putting all my support behind the U-23s from now on.

This is a team that knows what it's like to win trophies and win against tough opponents!

The first team is dead to me now, it's all about Unsworth and his group of winners. ;-)

Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 13/10/2017 at 21:17:22
Aidan (#16), another young Scouser coming through. Morgan is still only about 18, and well thought of by Unsworth.
Phill Thompson
23 Posted 13/10/2017 at 21:30:46
Feeney was excellent tonight but please leave him to develop at the right pace. I can't think of any teenage centre-backs who have held their own at Pemier League level in recent years. He's progressing all the time and also developing physically too, but at 18 he's not yet the answer to our defensive problems.
Simon Bates
24 Posted 13/10/2017 at 21:34:29
Amidst the panic and chaos of the first team squad, one man quietly gets on with his job. The job of putting together a winning football team.

After dismantling his 2016-17 title winning team, he's already put 4 or 5 of the sky 6 to the sword, with practically a whole new team, I think ?

I'm seriously not turning this into an Koeman bashing exercise, I'm merely asking a question that I think affects our club more than we realise.

When is David Unsworth going to get his chance?

As rest assured – if we don't give it him, some Premier League team will.

The man has clearly got what it takes to be a successful Premier League manager, be it with us or another club; this guy has that metal to succeed.

My worries are, if he goes elsewhere for his chance, we lose half of our structure with his workrate, passion, desire and true Everton affinity he has and is instilling into our U23s gone.

We really could miss the boat here.

Brian Wilkinson
25 Posted 13/10/2017 at 22:04:09
To top the night off, Onyekuru scored twice for Anderlecht.

I still say we should give Unsworth a chance if results do not improve.

Neil Copeland
26 Posted 13/10/2017 at 22:30:11
Another great result for the U23s, they seem to have great passion, desire and belief with little fear.

I was not so sure about Rhino and thought that the step up to the first team was too big a one to risk. Not anymore; to me he has proven himself to be a fabulous man manager and tactician, gelling his team together and getting them to play for him and the shirt.

Good to see that, should things turn completely sour with Ronald Koeman, we have a ready made replacement.

Rob Young
27 Posted 13/10/2017 at 22:50:46
Unsworth turns them into winners. How many tournaments have our youngsters won over the last year or two? Including the lads involved with the successful England youth teams?

Very impressive.

Ashley Roberts
28 Posted 13/10/2017 at 22:52:13
This result shows that it is possible to mould a number of new players into a winning side, as stated by Simon (#22).

When you have a system and the players that fit with that system you get the results and this is against a back drop of us loaning out players of the quality of Liam Walsh, Dowell and Connolly. It is clear Rhino has an eye for talent and playing them to their strengths.

It even seems as though Garbutt has a new lease of life under a coach whose blood runs blue. As outlined above, I hope he gets the chance to coach the first Team soon before somebody comes and steals him away. Seems a no-brainer if things do not change, starting on Sunday.

Lawrence Green
29 Posted 13/10/2017 at 23:30:05
I haven't watched the U23s enough to make a judgement but, based purely on results over a good period of time, they must be doing something right as must the man in charge David Unsworth.

Are the U23s playing in the same formation as the first team? (Moot point as we don't really know what formation the first team are trying to play.)

If the idea of the Moshiri reshuffle was to ensure that all teams at all levels would basically assume a particular way of playing in order for the younger players to progress almost seamlessly into the next age group, up to and including the first team, then Unsworth's role would seem be pivotal to that idea.

Therefore, it would be counter-productive to move him from the role he is more than capable of performing in order to provide a quick fix for the first-team players, many of whom will leave or retire in the next couple of years anyway.

Of course, not all of Unsworth's charges will make the grade in the next few years but if three or four are successful in nailing down a first-team place in that period of time, David will have done a sterling job and the club will have saved a significant amount of money too.

I would argue that Unsworth's role is to be a maker of players and Koeman's or whoever happens to be first team boss is charged with making a team. Very different job descriptions with very different ways of measuring their success or otherwise.

What we hope not to see is Unsworth making and improving good players and the Manager destroying those players. Carry on David and if the club feels it is right and proper to alter your job description and promote you to the first team, you will do what you've always done, give it 100% and place the fortunes of Everton FC above those of your own. In the meantime, carry on the good work and maybe one day you will get that dream job.


Will Mabon
30 Posted 14/10/2017 at 00:45:57
Good points, Lawrence. There's undoubtedly excellent work going on in the younger teams, to the extent that it can't be just luck and must be down to good planning and structure, and the work of recent years. Disrupt at your peril. I wonder if Sheedy's leaving has been felt in any way yet?

I think Koeman already has been and is a destructive force, but there are many things to think about should it come to a point of moving Unsworth out of his position.

Ben Howard
31 Posted 14/10/2017 at 02:30:28
Baxter looked very tidy and played some good forward passes and had a few shots on goal.

Garbutt took his free kick brilliantly. It really was a peach!

Feeney looked very assured at the back and organised everything very well.

Very promising from the young lads and the coach seems to know what he's doing too!

For anybody that missed the game you can watch it here https://www.facebook.com/mancity/

Brian Murray
32 Posted 14/10/2017 at 07:15:15
We've tried the so-called big names – we can't even get that right. Arise and step up, Mr Unsworth. We badly need your game planning, belief and passion now – not when all cups are gone and the beatable shiesters have tonked us again.

Anyone know if a naive bad judge of character billionaire has a big ego ? Or is he man enough to act decisively now and admit he got it hopelessly wrong?

Note to self: go with your business instincts instead of listening to buffoons in the next seat, okay Mosh-man???

Chris Mulcahy
33 Posted 14/10/2017 at 08:54:24
I watched Birmingham last night – no sign of Liam Walsh... anyone got any news?
Gary Edwards
34 Posted 14/10/2017 at 09:24:36
Lawrence, the U23s do not play the same system as the 1st team. Last night they played 4-4-2 and that seems to be the preferred system this season. Last season they generally played a fluid 3-5-2 system with Kenny, Jones, Robinson and others putting in big shifts at wingback.

Unsworth always changes the line-up, move players seamlessly in and out. Last night's line-up had at least 4 changes from the last PL2 game and this has been a feature of the U23s for a while.

Unsworth has his systems, the players obviously know the systems very well and many of them can play different positions within these systems. The system is more apparent when we're defending, they obviously have greater licence to roam, invent, express etc when going forward. There is very little pissing about knocking it around the back or central midfield, they move the ball forward at the first opportunity and have runners hitting the channels and, when needs must, carry the ball – something Beni excels at

The first team is a mess, unbalanced, poorly coached, no discernible system and players so badly out of form (eg, Schneiderlin) and others totally lacking confidence. As much as I would like to see more of the U23s given a chance in the first team, I feel that they too would get consumed by the mess and just become part of it.

Unsworth is clearly a better coach than Koeman... and the sooner the grown-ups realise this, the better.

Charlie Lloyd
35 Posted 14/10/2017 at 09:47:19
Watching the U23s is far better than the first team. That is not only because of the results (that's six wins on the bounce now) it's the passion that the players show.

If Koeman needs to demonstrate to the first team how to execute his fabled pressing game, get them to watch the U23s.

Chris Mulcahy
36 Posted 14/10/2017 at 10:22:48
Watching Birmingham last night, I didn't see Liam Walsh either playing or sub – is he injured or has anyone got any news about him?
Dave Williams
37 Posted 14/10/2017 at 11:34:38
I saw Unsy at close quarters last season at a first team game when he was in the same lounge as me and sat quite close by at the game itself.

He has bags of charisma and the enthusiasm for the club absolutely shines out of him. He has to be given a chance.

Brian Harrison
38 Posted 14/10/2017 at 11:58:47
I would imagine that if his team keep on winning, and against the top 6 sides then there will be a lot of club chairmen watching the situation very closely. I have said before that its a massive step from coaching the Under-23 team to being the head man at a Premier League or Championship side.

But Unsworth's track record over the past couple of seasons is impressive, and like all professionals he will want to get as high as he can. Now that might mean starting at a Championship club before progressing to a Premier League club.

Now whether he thinks that he might get a crack at the Everton job at some time and he will stay put for another 6 or 12 months. But maybe if a club comes along who will also back him financially he just might be tempted.

Peter Gorman
39 Posted 14/10/2017 at 12:17:45
I personally can't see Unsworth leaving for a successful stint as a manager elsewhere but I can see him being a success as a manager here. He is too much of a blue. Like Joe Royle, I think this club would just bring more out of him.

Needless to say, appointing him would be a massive shot in the dark but I have seen how he goes about instilling the winners mentality into the U23s (and they play entertaining football), which is something that simply cannot be said about Koeman and Co.

Barry Pearce
40 Posted 14/10/2017 at 12:36:20
What a fantastic job Rhino has done with the Under-23s, since he's been manager. Also it was his recommendation that we signed Dominic Calvert-Lewin after working with him at Sheffield United.

Whatever happens to Koeman, Rhino should be given a chance to step up at some stage.

Gary Edwards
41 Posted 14/10/2017 at 18:27:23
Brian. why is it a big step up, coaching the U23s to coaching a Championship / Premier League team?

I grant you there's not many current coaches / managers that have been promoted from the ressies. I don't understand why that's the case.

Lawrence Green
42 Posted 14/10/2017 at 19:28:11
David Unsworth in praising Beni Baningime and others in the Echo, goes on to say. “We don't have any passengers here, you can't afford to at this level, and you certainly can't afford to in the Premier League,” he said.

If only Ronald could say similar about the first team! At least if we do get a good result tomorrow we'll be up among the second group teams – just noticed that Watford have beaten Arsenal 2-1 to go into 4th place.

Unsworth praises Baningime and other U23 players.

Tony Twist
43 Posted 14/10/2017 at 20:35:47
Great result. Good that Jose Baxter had a run out but it should be Klaassen getting more up to speed with the pace of the English game.
Gary Carter
44 Posted 14/10/2017 at 21:12:32
I find it amazing that people can't see the difference in managing an U23 side to managing a Premier League side or even a Championship side!

And as for the statement "Other chairman will be watching Unsworth closely"!! Really? Why? He's managing a Premier League 2 U23 side, ffs – get real!

Michael Kenrick
45 Posted 14/10/2017 at 21:36:53
Chris (#36),

I see Liam Walsh has only played 3 games for Birmingham City, early last month – all of which they lost. Not a good start for the lad then, and didn't they just change manager?

Lee Carsley was caretaker I think and did not use him. Steve Cotterill is there now... and the loan is up in January.

The Birmingham Mail says this:

Unfortunately his debut came in an ill-suited No. 10 role at Norwich. He did OK but with six debutants the team wasn’t really functioning.

He was much, much better in a deeper role against Preston though - and while all around him crumbled in the second half he demonstrated a desire to keep possession and withstand the tide.

However, he hasn’t been involved in the last three games – and has just 15 games before he’s due to return to Everton.

Simon Bates
46 Posted 14/10/2017 at 22:17:13
Gary, as I've said before, I imagine it's a lot harder to build continued success as Rhino has done, with naive, inexperienced, wealthy youngsters, with a lot more than football to learn, than experienced, international established professionals, some superstars, a lot harder.

Lawrence, I read that interview and loved it; so refreshing.

At the end when he said "We expect to win every game, we're Everton Football Club" just says it all. When was the last time you heard that from an Everton manager, at any level?

I think others need to get real, before it's too late.

Peter Gorman
47 Posted 14/10/2017 at 23:12:37
Thanks for that update, Michael, I was wondering why I've not been able to see Liam Walsh's name anywhere.

The same goes for Connolly and Pennington; neither play but at least make the subs bench.

The only loanee other than Dowell who is getting game time is Joe Williams at Barnsley – starts and finishes pretty much every game.

Jamie Sweet
48 Posted 15/10/2017 at 08:04:57
Let's not forget that Rhino has a 100% record as manager of the first team, and we played some pretty good football in that game too.
Brian Wilkinson
49 Posted 15/10/2017 at 23:38:59
Palace get rid of their manager, you could argue too soon, yet after the worst drag season so far, what does Moshiri do? Visits Finch Farm and praises Ronnie... Grow a pair and get rid before it's too late.
Neil Carter
50 Posted 16/10/2017 at 22:26:00
It maybe a step up but Unsworth should be given a chance.

As for big time managers – there aren't many Portuguese ex-second rate players who can translate around!!!

Denis Richardson
51 Posted 16/10/2017 at 23:11:11
How about Benítez as manager and Unsworth as assistant?

That would allow him to develop to eventually take over the main job.

Just an idea.

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