U21s pegged back by Tottenham

14/12/2015  10 Comments  [Jump to last]
Liam Walsh's second-half goal had the Blues on course for a win but Tottenham levelled from the spot in Southport to earn a 1-1 draw.

Imminent signing Matty Foulds was joined by Leandro Rodriguez in an attacking line-up that included the Uruguayan striker, Sam Byrne and Conor McAleny at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

Everton started brightly, with Tom Davies going close with a volley, but the visitors came into the contest as the first-half wore on and Mateusz Hewelt had to make a one-handed save to deny Shaquile Coulthirst just before half time where it was goalless.

In the second half, Mason Holgate saw a goalbound effort blocked, Coulthirst shot over, Davies struck the woodwork and Rodriguez saw a header clear the bar before he was replaced by Antony Evans with 20 minutes left.

Walsh, a 73rd-minute introduction for Callum Connolly, slotted in the opening goal with 10 minutes left but Spurs were handed a lifeline when Emmanuel Sonupe went down in the box and Andros Townsend converted a late penalty.

Everton: Hewelt, Connolly (Walsh 73'), Holgate, Foulds, Davies, Thorniley, Williams, Charsley, McAleny, Byrne (Dowell 61'), Rodriguez (Evans 69').
Subs not used: Gray, Dyson.  

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John Dean
1 Posted 14/12/2015 at 22:45:44
On a difficult night of drizzle and a slippery pitch for goalkeepers, I thought Hewelt had an excellent game, making correct decisions on when to catch, punch and venture outside his 18-yard box. Our defence had to work hard in the first half particularly although we competed better in the second half.

We were exposed down our right flank after the excellent Connolly was replaced by Walsh, moving Tom Davies to struggle against Spur's left winger and that resulted in their penalty award. McAleny was our best forward and was brilliant in creating our goal.

My first view of Matty Foulds and he had the difficult task of marking Andros Townsend who flew past him 3 or 4 times but he stuck to his task and used his left foot to good effect creating a clear chance for Leandro to head disappointingly high over the bar.

Rodriguez was substituted immediately after so perhaps he's not up to full speed yet after his injury. He was also felled just outside the box before that which prompted 20 men pushing and shoving as the Everton players, McAleny in particular, wanted to reap some revenge for the alleged assault.

Harold Matthews
2 Posted 15/12/2015 at 05:00:32
Great report, John. Sounded like quite a competitive match.

Is Jonjoe Kenny injured I wonder? Calum Connolly at right back is unusual but Unsy probably knew they had a strong left wing. Our boy is playing out of his skin at the moment.

Doesn't surprise me to hear Hewelt having a good intelligent game in goal. I've seen him once or twice on the official site and he struck me as one of those multi-talented kids who could do anything.

Of course, the main interest has to be Leandro Rodriguez who I didn't expect to feature just yet. Cold weather, drizzle and a slippery surface are not exactly the right conditions for a recently healed hamstring. Nice to hear McAleny and the boys jumping in after he was heavily tackled. Nothing like a good heated group protest for team spirit. The first team should try it now and then, but I guess it requires a leader and they don't have one.

Anyway, let's hope Leandro gradually gets up to speed and is able to show people what he can do.

17-year-old Matty Foulds against Andros Townsend is quite a forward leap and I'm not surprised he was skinned a few times. There again, when the Spurs flyer came up against young Galloway for the MK Dons, he didn't get a kick of the ball, prompting Everton scouts to dive in pronto.

Jon Withey
3 Posted 15/12/2015 at 08:39:09
Walsh scores again – seems to be in some form.
John Dean
4 Posted 15/12/2015 at 10:40:14
I think they switched wings for Connolly just to accommodate Foulds as we seem to blood our new boys in the full back positions and Foulds is all left foot.

I didn't see Jonjoe with the Everton party but I was pleased to see Pennington and he seemed to be moving freely so I hope he will be back playing soon; I like his winning attitude and full commitment to every header and tackle he makes.

I can't see yet what Leandro has to offer the first team but I'm no football scout, Bruv.

Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 15/12/2015 at 10:55:51
Thanks, John, for that report; what do you make of Sam Byrne, the lad they got on a free transfer from Man Utd, this is his second season, any prospects he will make it?.

I like Pennington and his attitude, plus he has a lot of go in him, he can make others play with his will to win and "never say die" spirit; he will definitely make a good living out of the game.

John Dean
6 Posted 15/12/2015 at 11:13:26
Sam Byrne puts himself about, is quite fast and tries relenlessly and he's a solid build but I don't think he has any big guns. He's not effective in the air, doesn't create time for himself and doesn't hold the ball up well and is not a consistent scorer (although we haven't produced many of those in recent times – but I think Evans will change that).
Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 15/12/2015 at 15:05:07
Thanks John.
Dave Williams
8 Posted 15/12/2015 at 23:50:44
Brilliant to hear news of the youngsters – thanks a lot chaps!!

Those of you who see them – who is your tip to make it into the first team?

Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 16/12/2015 at 08:33:01
Dave, I'd say Ledson, Kenny and Liam Walsh. I've got great hopes for Walsh; I watched him last week in the FA Youth Cup and he shamed the first team players with the quality of his corners and his all-round game is excellent.

I sat next to a man from Manchester whose son is on Everton's books. We talked about Walsh as he sees him all the time; I said to him. "I bet he practices taking corners and free kicks." He said, " All the time, all the time."

He didn't mention his son that much but raved about Walsh.

Sam Hoare
10 Posted 16/12/2015 at 09:10:59
Yes, Liam Walsh certainly seems to be very highly thought of. Martinez often namechecks him.

Callum Connolly has been in excellent form this season and Unsworth said a week or two ago that he was the first name on the sheet for the U21s.

Wonder what will happen with McAleny? He always does well for the U21s but has never seemed to really bed in on any of his many loan moves. He's 23 now and I'm guessing his time at the club may be nearly up. I can see him being a Premier League player one day if he finds a club who stick with him.

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