An Everton side of U21s lost tonight's Checkatrade Trophy match against Oldham Athletic, 3-2 the score.
This was the second game in Group F for the boys in Blue: they drew 1-1 with Bradford City but did not gain a bonus point when they lost the ensuing penalty shoot-out. The other side they will face in the group stages is Barnsley.
Development teams like Everton are required to field a minimum of six Under-21 players in their starting eleven for this competition, while Football League clubs must field a certain number of first team players. The games are played under full Football League rules, with seven substitutes instead of 5. Everton players will wear their registered squad numbers.
The Oldham bench featured Jose Baxter, who rejoined the Latics in the summer after spending a season rehabilitating his interrupted career with Everton U23s following a 12-month ban after he failed a drug test when with Sheffield United in 2015. So far this season, he has made 5 starts in League One, and 11 appearances off the bench, with 1 goal scored.
Everton surged into a two-goal lead in the first half, thanks to fine finishing from Nathangelo Markelo and Shayne Lavery. But the home side struck back after the break, with three goals, to put the game beyond Unsworth's men, with Baxter remaining on the bench as an unused sub for Oldham Athletic.
Everton U23s: Hewelt, Feeney, Browning, Charsley, Johnson, Adeniran, Markelo (75' Simms), Broadhead, Gordon (58' Kiersey), Lavery (58' Bowler), Sambou.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Astley, Mampala, Phillips.
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1 Posted 30/10/2018 at 16:43:09
"Didn't really get going" — his own description of the season he was generously gifted by the Chairman, Bill Kenwright, and David Unsworth. Niggles and injuries, coupled with pushing himself too hard seems to be the reason behind his limited contribution to the U23s last season.
"Really nervous" going back at the beginning of his spell, but everyone made him welcome at Finch Farm.
2 Posted 30/10/2018 at 19:26:38
3 Posted 30/10/2018 at 19:44:17
4 Posted 30/10/2018 at 19:55:31
5 Posted 30/10/2018 at 20:28:48
Anthony Gordon has that look of class about him, not done too much but always looks composed on the ball for someone who's probably the youngest player on the pitch.
6 Posted 30/10/2018 at 20:41:01
7 Posted 30/10/2018 at 20:43:06
8 Posted 30/10/2018 at 20:44:39
I thought having Customer Number was sufficient? Guess I really do have to pay, even though I'm a Shareholder.
9 Posted 30/10/2018 at 20:44:51
10 Posted 30/10/2018 at 20:46:03
11 Posted 30/10/2018 at 20:50:34
13 Posted 30/10/2018 at 21:07:49
14 Posted 30/10/2018 at 21:14:40
Right back Kyle John has also done well but not much from anyone else. Goalkeeper Hewelt has been very poor, not commanding and just pulled out on a one to one and cost us the 3rd goal.
15 Posted 30/10/2018 at 21:41:58
The game slipped away from Everton when Oldham brought a couple of older experienced players on and the young lads didn't have the character to fight a bit harder, lost too many tackles and, although they tried hard, it wasn't enough, like Mike (14) said Adeniran looked like a very strong midfielder but there wasn't, on the night, else who really stood out.
Who was the commentator? I had to keep making cups of coffee to stay awake, more boring than Michael Owen. No sorry, he wasn't that bad, wasn't far off it though.
16 Posted 30/10/2018 at 21:50:15
17 Posted 30/10/2018 at 23:57:01
18 Posted 31/10/2018 at 00:21:02
Second half, we seemed to drop into a 4-5-1 and completely lost control of the game. We stopped pressing high and seemed to lose the midfield battle when we had an extra player. Poor tactics here, trying to fix something that wasn't broken.
Adeniran was head and shoulders above anyone else. Plenty of Oldham fans around me were commenting on how good he was.
Hewelt looked like he should have done better with the first goal and made a mess of the third goal.
Charsley looked solid but unspectacular, their second came through him as well, I think.
Feeney looked like an old fashioned centre back, made a few good clearances and tackles. Overall, I was impressed with him.
Browning belongs in the Championship, I thought him and Feeney both played well despite conceding 3.
John grew into the game in the 2nd half, didn't do too bad at then end and seemed to play better with Bowler in front of him. I was at the other side of the pitch in the first half though so that might be why I didn't see much in the first half.
Markelo played well in the first half where he and Adenerin bossed the midfield. Tailed off in the second half. Good goal though.
Adeniran was outstanding, he was like Beni at this level but with much more of a physical presence.
Gordon disappointed me, however he was furthest away from me on the pitch and others have said he played well.
Broadhead started brightly and faded. I think that this is probably his level.
Sambaou was Anichibe in disguise. Huge player, could get knocked off his stride by a feather. Very disappointed.
For Lavery read Broadhead.
Bowler looked dangerous when he came on, he did have a tendency to try and do it all himself though which he will need to grow out of.
Kiersey looked very composed at times on the ball, I'm not sure how old he is but he looked young. Considering how young he looked, I thought he coped well with the physical side of the game.
Simms looked like he was a bit lost at this level. It maybe that he is better suited to playing a few Under-23 games against Under-23 players for a while before he gets another crack at first teamers.
19 Posted 31/10/2018 at 08:47:53
Instead, that looked like a below par U23 side. Unsworth is really behind this competition, so no idea what his thinking is.
20 Posted 31/10/2018 at 11:05:35
With, by my count, six teenagers in the side it was not too surprising that after Oldham brought on their subs (presumably first team regulars) Everton wilted and found the going physically tough. The second and third goals were down to individual errors, with Morgan Feeney outmuscled by Ishmael Miller (another very experienced player) for the equaliser, and Hewelt at fault for the winner.
I agree with other posters that Adeniran had a very good game - strong, skilful and now with the confidence to drive forward with the ball at pace. This was the best I've seen him play, he reminded me a bit of Spurs' Dembele.
Browning seems to have recovered his form and fitness and really should be looking for a permanent move to a League One or possibly Championship club to build a professional career. Similarly, Charsley needs to now move on.
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