Everton U23s take on Derby County in Premier League 2 at Loughborough University Stadium tonight.
With numerous players still out injured — and apparently little need to keep senior players on the fringe of the first team match-fit by playing for the Under-23s — expect Unsworth to rotate among his own set of players, where he is spoilt for choice between the sticks. Joao Virginia seems to be the rising star but there's competition from Hewelt, Renshaw and Hilton — although the later is playing mainly for the Under-18s.
Eyes will be on Fraser Hornby to see if he can do more (hasn't he done enough already?) to gain the attention of the senior coaches in terms of that innate ability to do what the game requires at the most fundamental level — put the ball away in the back of the net. But, with the tranche of newcomers at senior level still to register much meaningful game time, it seems very unlikely that any more of the youngsters will be called upon anytime soon.
But in the end, Hornby could do nothing to help the cause as Everton's unbeaten run in Premier League 2 Division 1 was brought to an end by Derby County.
The hosts took the lead after Eyoma was brought down in the area by Nathangelo Markelo in the 25th minute, and Thorne struck the spot-kick into the bottom corner. Joe Hilton went the right way but couldn't reach Thorne's kick.
Everton captain Morgan Feeney suffered a nasty gash in the first half and despite having the wound heavily bandaged he didn't appear for the second period.
The Blues came within a whisker of a leveller on 54 minutes when Antony Evans curled a wonderful 30-yard free-kick over the wall and was unfortunate to see Ravas touch the ball onto the post.
Everton had plenty of possession in the second period but didn't trouble Ravas enough. Evans had another couple of efforts from distance and substitute Josh Bowler headed over from a Fraser Hornby cross. Harry Charsley and Shayne Lavery had efforts deflected wide. But the visitors couldn't find the breakthrough against a well-marshalled home defence.
Everton U23s: Hilton [Y], Markelo (81' Lavery), Galloway, Charsley [Y], Browning, Feeney (46' Foulds), Evans, Adeniran [Y], (60' Bowler), Hornby, Sambou, Broadhead.
Subs not Used: Hewelt, Ouzounidis.
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1 Posted 17/09/2018 at 17:47:09
2 Posted 17/09/2018 at 19:17:03
3 Posted 17/09/2018 at 19:18:53
4 Posted 17/09/2018 at 19:27:54
5 Posted 17/09/2018 at 19:54:07
Anthony Evans, looks like the one most likely to make something happen. No-one else looking close to the first team on this performance.
6 Posted 17/09/2018 at 19:59:49
We are not playing well at all: no midfield at all, and Derby had 2-3 good chances.
Broadhead, Hornby and Sambou are getting no service at all. 1-0 to Derby. It's being streamed via the Derby site and so much better than we can do it. No endless Twatter requests to Snods & Sharpy... no break in signal.... far more professional commentary and picture quality.
7 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:07:28
Brendan Galloway is a bit younger at 22. But I think he looks alright. I wouldn't be so hasty to release him. Probably too old to turn it around now and looks inferior to Robinson.
Harry Charsley is 21 and he's had a few decent loan spells (apparently). I've not seen anything from him to suggest he's going to make it, but he's clearly a big favourite of Unsworth.
As for Rams TV. Derby is head and shoulders ahead of us. Why are we still amateur hour? We've more money, more demand, more world wide appeal, so why don't we have a proper TV channel? We could learn a lot off Derby based on the ads at half-time.
8 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:17:16
9 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:23:58
Charsley was lent to Bolton last season and didn't even get on the subs bench for the whole 6 months – too lightweight, apparently.
Browning is stopping the Greek named player who did so well last season from playing.
I know Unsy in an interview preseason said he always wants to help lads who are looking for other clubs to get noticed but not three at once.
We are finally playing well – two good chances for Evans.
10 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:29:49
Is it better to have “3 ringers” and raise the standard so the decent kids play with higher quality players than get held back?
We are playing a bit better. Slight formation shift now. But as I rote, Derby reclaiming midfield.
11 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:32:29
He's lost his way when compared to his 3 months in the first team with Martinez.
12 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:34:46
Bowler on for Adeniran who was on the verge of a red card.
13 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:39:41
We're not winning any 50:50 balls, anywhere on the pitch, we're lumping 50-/60-yard balls up front and a 30-year-old centre-half is dominating everything.
14 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:42:20
15 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:45:02
The whole team are a shambles; Derby should be 5 up, but still only 1-0.
16 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:45:03
17 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:45:06
Hornby is just the latest clown from the academy. Zero goals for the Under-23s, one good game for Scotland and he is all over the media talking about how he will either be in the Everton first team shortly or out on loan.
As Seamus Coleman said recently, all the academy players these days assume they are going to make it in the big time but they won't cause they're a load of shite.
18 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:48:27
Mike, you've given Galloway the Kiss of Death, he's been dreadful since you criticised him!
I think we never really got a hold of midfield all game. Just a few spells.
I do like the look of Evans though. He has a chance of making it.
19 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:50:30
20 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:51:09
21 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:57:43
22 Posted 17/09/2018 at 20:58:00
Played 5, won 2, drawn 2, lost 1.
23 Posted 17/09/2018 at 21:00:04
24 Posted 17/09/2018 at 21:02:16
At least the U23 defenders look a little more solid than the joke first team lot.
25 Posted 17/09/2018 at 21:04:16
26 Posted 17/09/2018 at 23:11:31
Nobody really looked as if they'll be pushing the first team squad anytime soon. Feeney, when match fit, is likely to be the best prospect. Markelo is our third-choice right-back in the sense that he's the only other one who's played a few games at right-back recently, but he's far from being Premier League ready if Kenny is injured, so somebody else will have to play right-back in that event.
27 Posted 18/09/2018 at 12:28:58
Has someone high up at the club told a Gyppo to shove her pegs up her jacksie?
28 Posted 18/09/2018 at 17:09:50
29 Posted 18/09/2018 at 17:10:17
30 Posted 18/09/2018 at 17:11:51
32 Posted 19/09/2018 at 17:46:07
33 Posted 21/09/2018 at 08:24:40
34 Posted 21/09/2018 at 09:11:58
I hope he keeps on improving and scores plenty of goals for the Blues.
35 Posted 23/09/2018 at 15:46:15
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