The Blues Under-23s hosted Hertha Berlin at Goodison Park in the second group game of the Premier League International Cup tonight.
Everton led Group F of the competition after their narrow 2-1 win over Reading back in August but they lost their place at the top of the group after losing 3-1 to the German side.
David Unsworth's men fell three goals behind before the half time interval and only managed to claw back what proved to be a consolation goal in the second half through Gethin Jones.
“First half, we were awful,” Unsworth told evertontv afterwards. “We made 10 changes to give the lads who haven't been playing an opportunity to shine and make our decisions tough. I was really disappointed in the first-half performance where we have given away three goals and its game over.
“At half time, we made some changes and did a lot better. We scored our goal but you can't give any team a three-goal start, particularly a decent side and Hertha were a good team.”
The final game in the group is against Athletic Bilbao, set for Wednesday 21 December 2016.
Everton: Hewelt, Jones, Foulds, Yarney, Feeney, Baningime, Broadhead, Henen (Kiersey 46'), Evans (Duffus 46'), Holland (Bainbridge 46'), Dyson.
Subs not used: Renshaw, Donohue, Brewster, Bramall.
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1 Posted 21/11/2016 at 07:24:50
2 Posted 21/11/2016 at 07:26:36
3 Posted 21/11/2016 at 07:53:16
Thanks for the correction.... I knew that! Good to respect the British heritage of the club's distant origins.
I see that it was also Athletic Club Madrid originally, developing from the Bilbao club, but they later evolved to adopt the Spanish form, AtlÃ©tico. Not many people know that.
But then it gets even more interesting:
In 1941, a decree issued by Francisco Franco banned teams from using foreign names and the club became AtlÃ©tico Aviacion de Madrid. In 1947, the club decided to drop the military association [with the Spanish Air Force] from its name and settled on its current name of Club AtlÃ©tico de Madrid.
I guess the Basques in Bilbao refused to comply?
4 Posted 21/11/2016 at 08:00:42
5 Posted 21/11/2016 at 13:55:37
6 Posted 21/11/2016 at 20:04:57
7 Posted 23/11/2016 at 19:18:42
Hewelt, Jones, Foulds, Yarney, Feeney, Baningime, Broadhead, Henen, Evans, Holland, Dyson
Everton U23 subs: Renshaw, Duffus, Bainbridge, Donohue, Kiersey, Brewster, Bramall
8 Posted 23/11/2016 at 20:21:33
Looking at the team, there may be one or two surprises in Sunday's squad at Southampton: no Kenny, Davies, Walsh or Connolly in tonight's team.
9 Posted 23/11/2016 at 20:25:09
10 Posted 23/11/2016 at 20:38:06
11 Posted 23/11/2016 at 20:44:53
Anyway, Hertha were 3-0 up at half-time and the Blues responded by taking off Holland, Henen and Evans and replaced them with Duffus, Bainbridge and Kiersey... Reverted to three at the back and Gethin Jones pulled one back to make it 1-3. There's about 10 minutes left in the game.
12 Posted 23/11/2016 at 20:46:25
13 Posted 24/11/2016 at 09:34:42
Having been used to the command of games in recent years, our inability to retain possession and move forward with purpose and intent was frustrating. Matty Foulds was beaten with ease for two of the goals and Baningime for the other.
But Unsy showed his metal at half-time, taking off the passenger Holland plus Evans and Henen, playing 5 in midfield and generating some passion. Jack Kiersey, (fresh from annoying Man City fans on Saturday) was prominent in carrying the fight and well deserved his yellow card.
Gethin Jones scored a fine goal and our strikers, Dyson and Duffus, had chances they failed to take.
I can't imagine Unsy sacrificing this game unless Davies and Walsh and maybe Calvert-Lewis are playing some part at Southampton.
14 Posted 24/11/2016 at 11:14:20
Probably more to do with physio's advice about needing rest. Hope I'm wrong but it's more likely they'll be playing against the Saints next Monday for the U23s.
15 Posted 24/11/2016 at 11:47:27
16 Posted 25/11/2016 at 19:55:33
Maybe there is a reason, I'd love to know what is was.
17 Posted 25/11/2016 at 21:35:28
Unsy says he wanted to give fringe players a game but this seemed the wrong game for that as the continental teams we've played against in the last two years have been too strong for us and therefore they present good opposition to test our best team against.
18 Posted 25/11/2016 at 00:02:57
Everton U23s: Hewelt; Jones, Robinson, Foulds, Feeney; Yarney (Henen 46'), Ledson, Baningime (Walsh 53'); Dyson, Evans (C Duffus 46') Charsley.
Subs not Used: Gray, Bainbridge, Holland, Broadhead.
Everton U23s: Hewelt, Jones, Foulds, Yarney, Feeney, Baningime, Broadhead, Henen (46' Kiersey), Evans (46' C Duffus), Holland (46' Bainbridge), Dyson.
Subs not used: Renshaw, Donohue, Brewster, Bramall.
None of those U23 'stars' mentioned above played in that game either.
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