Everton U23s beat Arsenal 4-2 in Premier League 2 in a match full of incident at the Merseyrail Community Stadium in Southport.
The Gunners scored early when Marcus McGuane fired a low shot past Joe Hilton in the Everton goal and the Blues tried to hit back but Harry Charsley shot into the side-netting and David Henen saw a low shot saved.
New signing Dennis Adeniran drove across goal Henen had a shot charged down before David Unsworth made two key changes at half time.
Bassala Sambou sent his fellow substitute Anton Donkor away down and he slotted the ball into the corner.
The celebrations were cut short when Gethin Jones had to be stretchered off with a suspected leg fracture but in his absence Everton turned the game on its head.
Luke Garbutt forced Joseph Olowu to head his corner past his own goalkeeper to make it 2-1m but Arsenal replied when Donkor fouled Dragomir and McGuane scored from the spot.
Undeterred, Antony Evans drove into the Gunners' area and squeeze an effort over the line and Henen wrapped things up with a fourth.
Scorers: Donkor (49'), Olowu (og:73'), Evans (82'), Henen (99')
Everton U23s: Hilton, Jones (67' Markelo), Feeney, Gibson, Garbutt, Evans, Baningime, Adeniran, Charsley (46'Sambou), Henen, Broadhead (46' Donkor). Subs not Used: Foulds, Hanson
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1 Posted 25/09/2017 at 19:06:18
He came on as a sub a few weeks back, but seems to have disappeared.
2 Posted 25/09/2017 at 20:05:39
Hilton, Jones Feeney Gibson Garbutt, Evans Baningime Adeniran Charsley, Henen Broadhead.
Arsenal scored early on and we werent keeping the ball well enough early. Grew into the game and last 10 mins of first half Henen in particular became influential. Two CBs have been solid and Charsley and Evans have been ok. Garbutt has been skinned a few times and his distribution has been wayward.
3 Posted 25/09/2017 at 20:23:40
48 mins Donkor set up by Sambou. 1-1.
4 Posted 25/09/2017 at 20:42:53
5 Posted 25/09/2017 at 20:46:20
Jones stretchered off though. Looks bad.
6 Posted 25/09/2017 at 20:55:04
Then Evans great solo effort 3-2.
7 Posted 25/09/2017 at 20:56:53
8 Posted 25/09/2017 at 20:59:59
9 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:04:44
10 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:06:03
11 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:08:03
12 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:12:10
13 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:12:47
14 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:13:54
Anyone know what happened to that 'wonder' trialist Zirkzee?
15 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:14:14
16 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:16:04
17 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:16:22
18 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:18:53
19 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:24:41
20 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:34:53
The U23s are missing a lot of players from last season. There were quite a few young lads out there tonight so don't expect any to be knocking on the first team door soon. Stand outs for me being Feeney, Gibson, Evans and Adeniran (in patches).
It was a very good performance. First half ,they stood off a bit but a few changes at half time and they really stepped it up second half and got at Arsenal who visibly wilted. 4 second-half goals says it all.
21 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:40:18
As Frank (#6) said above, it is a great pity we can't get a feed on these games.
22 Posted 25/09/2017 at 21:58:34
Everton U23s: Hewelt, Jones, Robinson, Walsh (68' Dyson), Connolly, Kenny (c), Dowell, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Niasse (75' C Duffus), Henen (58' Charsley).
Subs not used: Renshaw, Sambou.
Only Henen, Charsley and Sambou in tonight's squad.
23 Posted 25/09/2017 at 22:09:42
The current U23s aren't expected to step up any time soon, their next move is a loan out. Hopefully some of Pennington, Browning, Galloway, Connolly, Robinson, Williams, Walsh, Dowell and Onyekuru will be making the step up next season.
Consider Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Holgate, Lookman, Vlasic and Kenny and that's 15 young players with potential whose role in the first team will be increasing over time. Even with a failure rate, that's still cause for optimism when you consider tonight's U23s are then coming along behind that.
24 Posted 25/09/2017 at 22:15:01
25 Posted 25/09/2017 at 22:18:10
Shame about the view at the very top but it's a long way to go yet.
26 Posted 25/09/2017 at 22:22:47
27 Posted 25/09/2017 at 22:25:40
28 Posted 25/09/2017 at 23:50:33
Adeniran was the lad we signed deadline day from Fulham. He looked useful, got around the pitch and was a presence but didn't always pick the right options. That'll come but there is a decent player there. Alongside Baningime (who was steady tonight though didn't run the game), Walsh, Williams, Dowell there is an abundance of midfield talent.
As Mike at 23 points out, the depth is quite staggering. Not all will make it but the quality is so much better than what we had even 5 years ago.
29 Posted 26/09/2017 at 00:24:24
Does Gibson look a good prospect? He is going to cost us £6M if he makes it to the top... hope he does.
30 Posted 26/09/2017 at 05:19:34
31 Posted 26/09/2017 at 07:02:24
We should've loaned Donkor back to QPR, where he was doing well, rather that be a sub for the U23s.
32 Posted 26/09/2017 at 07:26:45
33 Posted 26/09/2017 at 07:46:38
He made a lively debut for the U23s in a Premier League 2 match against Old Trafford at the end of January, winning a penalty and creating one of the Blues' goals in a 3-1 win.
However, he suffered what turned out to be a serious injury after barely 10 minutes had elapsed in the U23s' Premier League Cup match at Carrow Road when the 19-year-old went down following a foul from Diallang Jaiyesimi and needed sustained treatement on his ankle before being withdrawn. It was only his third game for David Unsworth's side and the player returned home to Germany for assessment and treatment.
Donkor was ultimately ruled out for the rest of the season, with his loan spell at Everton effectively suspended. The club reportedly had a £1.5 million agreement in place to sign Donkor permanently in the summer, but instead Everton agreed a renewed loan deal for six months that would run through January 2018.
34 Posted 26/09/2017 at 08:08:05
35 Posted 26/09/2017 at 08:17:42
36 Posted 26/09/2017 at 08:22:56
37 Posted 26/09/2017 at 08:27:48
38 Posted 26/09/2017 at 08:43:52
Shame if he's not improved because I always thought he looked potentially useful when I watched him. We'll see how Unsy gets on bringing him along. He's getting good form for that with his charges.
39 Posted 26/09/2017 at 08:55:20
Also, as there's another Thursday game, I assume Robles has missed this game for that reason. But if not here, where do players like Garbutt get to show their wares?
40 Posted 26/09/2017 at 11:06:36
Unsworth has the U23s playing in a system where players transition in & out seamlessly. They play fast, attacking footie, hit the channels, run onto balls, high energy and keep it simple at the back. This is what Koeman talks about but has absolutely failed to do thus far, quite the opposite.
Will those who don't watch the U23s yet constantly comment that they need time desist in making such ill-informed comments as you're clearly wrong.
Current fave for promotion to 1st XI Morgan Feeney, when you see the lad run on the pitch you know there you have a tough, mobile centre-back, exactly what we currently need. Also keep an eye on Lewis Gibson, remember we paid Newcastle £6m for him classy centre-back, will be a top one but please before gobbing off that he's not ready, go and watch him go about his business and then compare him to Williams.
Good result against a top U23 team.
41 Posted 26/09/2017 at 11:20:50
42 Posted 26/09/2017 at 11:23:57
Garbutt got a bit better but he just looked very ordinary at this level. He was caught out a few times and played some aimless punts up.
43 Posted 26/09/2017 at 11:24:15
44 Posted 26/09/2017 at 15:37:49
45 Posted 26/09/2017 at 16:11:18
46 Posted 26/09/2017 at 19:41:05
I doubt if he he is ready yet, especially in this team at the moment. Let him make steady progress in the U23s; he is still very young, is he 19 or younger?
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