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Everton U21s 1 - 0 Athletic Club Bilbao U21s

Michael Keane, Seamus Coleman, Ben Godfrey and Lewis Dobbin all start for Everton U21s in their Premier League International Cup match against European competition in the shape of Athletic Club Bilbao U21s tonight at Walton Hall Park.

Lewis Dobbin opened the scoring with an excellent first-time finish into the bottom corner from Sean McAllister's precision setup after great work by Francis Okoronkwo on the right wing. 

And that's how it finished with all the senior players putting in a full shift.

Everton U21s: Crellin, Coleman, Campbell, Godfrey, Keane, Metcalfe, Heath (63' Dixon), Djankpata (66' Bates), Okoronkwo, McAllister, Dobbin.

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Subs not Used: Barrett, Butler, Beaumont-Clark, Sherif, Morgan.


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Mick Davies
1 Posted 22/11/2023 at 19:20:47
Watching the U21s v Athletic Bilbao on YouTube.

Seamus is looking sharp, but sadly, Godfrey just looks lost, and not making any real impact at all, considering his experience.

Paul Ferry
2 Posted 22/11/2023 at 19:30:29
The U21's game v Athletic Bilbao is streaming live on YouTube right now. Seamus is playing and doing nicely: 0-0 after 28 minutes.


Mick Davies
3 Posted 22/11/2023 at 19:38:17
Up to now, Okoronkwo looks gash, and I don't see what merits a longer contract.

Dobbin on the other hand is looking very sharp and dangerous, just the final ball which has prevented him getting on the scoresheet.

Mick Davies
4 Posted 22/11/2023 at 19:43:12
Dobbin 1-0
Paul Ferry
5 Posted 22/11/2023 at 19:44:14
Well Mick, Okoronkow made that goal for Dobbin, he did brilliantly.
Paul Ferry
6 Posted 22/11/2023 at 19:56:22
Just loving the video of inside the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and the view from inside in the entry area to the stands of the river is just brilliant.
Dale Self
7 Posted 22/11/2023 at 20:03:21
Nice. If you turn up the sound it is like a Franz de Waard piece.
Paul Ferry
8 Posted 22/11/2023 at 20:08:43
It's really impressive Dale, takes yer mind off the other crap for a little while at any rate. Dobbin playing very well here.
Dale Self
9 Posted 22/11/2023 at 20:18:02
Yeah, good to see Godfrey getting some time at centre-back.

McAllister has made a couple of turns that showed promise.

Paul Ferry
10 Posted 22/11/2023 at 20:20:34
He's actually doing well is Godfrey. See Dyche is there, hopefully he has Seamus in his thoughts for Sunday.
Dale Self
11 Posted 22/11/2023 at 20:23:30
Roman Dixon is a solid football name.
Paul Ferry
12 Posted 22/11/2023 at 20:34:00
It is, could be inter-war with a leather ball.
Paul Ferry
13 Posted 22/11/2023 at 20:44:59
Seamus gets '90, hopefully he'll be in the running for a start v Man Utd
Dale Self
14 Posted 22/11/2023 at 20:49:40
Roman went roaming there. Good determined run from the kid.
Paul Ferry
15 Posted 22/11/2023 at 20:55:11
Good defensive display, some nice touches up front, especially from Dobbin who runs and runs
Jack Convery
16 Posted 22/11/2023 at 20:55:23
Godfrey and Keane as solid as a sieve together. Seamus got 90 - good.
Paul Ferry
17 Posted 22/11/2023 at 20:58:30
Nasty closing music though. They did look good together, I agree Jack.
Bill Gall
18 Posted 22/11/2023 at 21:02:29
It would be nice for us exiles who don't get a lot of opportunities to see the Under-21s if they had their names on their shirts.

Overall it was a decent game with Bilbao stronger in the 2nd half.

David Bromwell
19 Posted 22/11/2023 at 21:02:57
Sadly only saw about the last 40 minutes, when we were generally under the cosh.

However, our young goalkeeper did well and wonderful to see Seamus giving his all.

Also well done the Manager giving his main bench warmers a full run out, but as you might expect neither of the two centre-backs covered themselves in glory, just another worry.

Dave Abrahams
20 Posted 22/11/2023 at 21:14:37
It was nice to get back to watching football, then again I only watched the second half, and we had our first dangerous shot in added on time and forced our first corner of that half and played for time with it. Dobbin did okay in patches but ran into a lot of blind alleys.

Still no pattern, rhythm or style to Paul Tait's team, and a lot of hoof ball when defending.

Robert Tressell
21 Posted 22/11/2023 at 22:14:17
Saw the first half hour. Surprised no mention of Metcalfe who I thought looked excellent - good technique, good use of the ball and good positioning. Also directing the likes of Godfrey and Keane which impressed me.

Thought Keane and Godfrey looked poor considering the standard although Keane improved. Godfrey in particular didn't look like a senior player.

Djankpata has skull and tries to make things happen but he's lightweight and our movement in the final third is rubbish so he hardly has any decent passing options.

Just to reinforce that the passing and movement really is poor. This is an organisational / coaching issue. No one-twos, no overloads, no real teamwork. It's all very off-the-cuff / amateur – especially in the final third.

Really good to see Coleman though - and maybe Metcalfe is closing in on the first team?

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