Everton U21s fall to third defeat in a row

05/03/2023 3comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U21s 0 - 1 Crystal Palace U21s

Everton U21s couldn't lay a glove on Crystal Palace at Haig Avenue in Southport this afternoon, going down to a goal in the 79th minute.

Paul Tait's youngsters have suffered a bit of a reality check on the back of two big defeats last week, losing 5-0 at the City Academy, followed by the 3-0 loss to PSV Eindhoven in the midweek quarter-final of the Premier League International Cup. 

Today's visitors sit in 4th place on the back of three draws last month after they too were beaten 5-0 by Manchester City in January. There will be no live streaming because the match overlaps with the senior side's Premier League encounter at the City Ground in Nottingham. 

But the young Blues could not make any impression on the scoresheet, going down to a late goal from the visitors. 

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Everton U21s: Leban, Patterson, I Samuels-Smith, Welch, Campbell, Metcalfe (55' Butterfield), Higgins, Price [Y:20'], Okoronkwo, Heath (56' Kouyate), McAllister.

Subs not Used: Barrett, John, Bates.


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Robert Tressell
1 Posted 05/03/2023 at 13:01:24
Obviously not the most important of today's games but nice to see Metcalfe in the first XI. Not seen his name for a while.

They seem to be taking care not to rush Patterson back. Shame he's not involved with the first team today as I do like his style down the right flank. But playing people when they're injured only ends up biting you on the arse later so probably the right thing to do.

Phill Thompson
2 Posted 06/03/2023 at 18:39:01
Robert, as you probably know Jensen Metcalfe suffered a bad injury which has kept him out for a while. They’ve been easing him back in at u18s, then bench u21 now a first u21 start for quite a while. I think Metcalfe is one of the most promising in his year and the length of contract he got suggests the club have a lot of faith in him.
John Raftery
3 Posted 06/03/2023 at 20:37:21
Easing Patterson back into regular football makes sense. We paid a substantial fee for a player with very little experience of the weekly grind of full time professional matches.

Three injuries in just over 12 months suggests he has been very unlucky or perhaps wasn't ready for the physical toll of the Premier League. Either way, he needs minutes on the pitch before he returns to the first team.

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