U21s hammered by Fleetwood at Goodison Park

Tuesday, 26 November, 2019 28comments  |  Jump to last

Everton Under-21s were beaten heavily by Fleetwood Town in the last 32 of the Leasing.com Trophy at Goodison Park tonight.

It was not by any means a good start for Unsworth's side. Danny Andrew put Fleetwood in front inside 2 mins with a superb volley from the edge of the area from a well-worked corner by the away side, with a lofted cross finding Andrew lurking with intent 18 yards out.

The full-back got over his volley and slammed it into the bottom corner - no chance for Harry Tyrer in the Everton goal.

Everton's evening got worse later in the first half when Beni Baningime received one kick too many and was forced off with an injury, to be replaced by Tyler Onyango.

Fleetwood went into the break a goal up and they doubled their lead with a quarter of an hour to go when Paul Coutts fired home from 20 yards and Paddy Madden made it 3-0 shortly afterwards.

Wes Burns heaped further misery on Unsworth's side with a fourth in the 87th minute, slotting home Lewie Coyle's pass.

Everton U21s: Tyrer, Astley, Gibson, Ouzounidis, Foulds, Adeniran, Baningime [Y:27'] (44' Onyango [Y:54'] (71' Charsley)), Markelo, Evans, Gordon (76' Simms), Niasse.
Subs not Used: Hansen, Denny, Mampala, Anderson.


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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:31:26
Baningime off injured, it wasn't his best game, but it's a blow for the first team there.
Brent Stephens
2 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:32:28
Hamstring, Steve?
Steve Ferns
3 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:33:39
He kept getting clobbered Brent. Not sure which tackle finished him off! Big Tyler on now.
Steve Ferns
4 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:40:22
Anyone else watching this? Thought we were poor but got better in the last 10 minutes. Best player is Oumar Niasse.

Fleetwood have two ex-blues in Peter Clarke and Conor McAleny. Ched Evans is up front for them.

Mike Doyle
5 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:46:04
Beni injured. so Schneiderlin a cert to start on Sunday?
Derek Knox
6 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:46:42
Steve and Brent are you there in person, or is it on anywhere?

Tottenham getting beaten at home against Olympiacos 0-2. Man City being held by Shaktar 0-0.

Steve Ferns
7 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:48:11
Derek, it's on iFollow which costs you 㾶 for a day pass. Not really worth it for 45 minutes. I checked pre-game and there's no link to any streams. I was going to go the game but there was a smash on the m56 tonight.

Got Spurs on and just seen they scored so 1-2 now. Alli scored.

Brent Stephens
9 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:00:05
Derek, I'm at home and too tight to pay the £10 to watch a live stream. Get back to your graffiti!
Derek Knox
10 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:05:55
Brent, that spray paint is a swine to get off your hands and clothes any tips?

When are we ever going to get a proper EFC TV?

Raith Rovers in Scotland even have their own TV Channel, and they are a very small Club based in Kirkcaldy!

Steve Ferns
11 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:08:11
DK - our media output is non-league.

Anthony Evans just went close with a free-kick. Other than this, we look second best this half.

Brent Stephens
12 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:08:30
Derek, don't wear clothes. And watch where you put your hands.
Steve Ferns
13 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:13:15
Unsworth needs to make some changes. We're second best and time is running out. Get Ellis Simms on.
Brent Stephens
14 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:15:52
Is Feeney injured?
Kevin Prytherch
15 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:17:41
You can listen To it live on the website.
Steve Ferns
16 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:18:46
Yes, he is Brent. Good to see Con Ouzounidis back in the side.
Brent Stephens
17 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:19:40
Con looked good when he came on as sub last week.
Steve Ferns
18 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:25:51
2-0 now. The game is over. We are well beaten in truth.

Ellis Simms is on too late (for Gordon - who did little). We've barely had a sniff this half over than Antony Evans' freekick that hit the post.

Steve Ferns
19 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:29:06
3-0. It's a rout now.
Steve Ferns
20 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:37:05
4-0 turned it off now! Barton is loving this too much.
John Raftery
21 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:28:11
After this result I doubt we will hear the age-old cry ‘play the kids they can't be any worse' any time soon. The step up from our Under-21s to League One standard is massive.
Steve Ferns
23 Posted 26/11/2019 at 23:55:22
John, it should be noted that Gordon struggled to make any impact against league one opposition. Probably just an off day, but also indicative of him not quite being ready for Premier League football and needing a bit more time.
Don Alexander
24 Posted 27/11/2019 at 02:26:07
0-4 against League 1 opponents. Maybe the Unsy brigade would like to explain how such a performance and result speaks for appointing him first team manager right now, or even soon, or even next year or the year after that?
Alan J Thompson
25 Posted 27/11/2019 at 04:22:18
Derek (#10); Turn the can the other way round.
Kevin Dyer
26 Posted 27/11/2019 at 15:47:43
Barton had a lot to say about Unsworth when he was our interim manager, so neither would want to lose that one. Verdict: our under-21s not league 1 standard or Barton a better manager than DU?
Darren Hind
27 Posted 27/11/2019 at 16:02:05
Barton fielded a group of seasoned and, in many cases, well paid professionals against a group of kids. While the result was the most important thing to him and his players, development and experience were more important to ours.

At this stage, it's not even possible to say whether our youngsters will progress enough to play League One football.

Comparing the bosses after a match like this is comparing apples and oranges. Always will be. No club in their right mind would ever consider giving Barton the role of schooling their youngsters.

Kevin Prytherch
28 Posted 27/11/2019 at 16:04:32
Players like Gordon with around 4 games competitive experience vs players like Peter Clarke with over 700 games competitive experience is how the games get lost. We've performed well up to this point and we were competitive for 65 minutes.

This is why I like this format, younger players will learn a lot about themselves and be better players because of it.

Also, by the sounds of it on the commentary, Baningime and Adenerin did well. This does bode well for the first team.

Dave Williams
29 Posted 27/11/2019 at 16:58:33
Giving one or two youngsters a chance surrounded by 9 or 10 experienced players is very different to putting out a team of youngsters against hardened pros. Last night was no barometer at all for judging either the youngsters or Unsworth and quite how people can criticise him after the last three seasons he has had is beyond me.
Gavin Johnson
30 Posted 29/11/2019 at 00:41:31
The stick Unsworth has got is warranted. Of course it's great to win a trophy, or in Unsworth case 3 U-23 trophies, but it now seems like the pursuit of trophies might be overshadowing what the U 23's is actually designed for - Getting the players ready for the first team. Playing Niasse over Ellis Simms is ridiculous! The guy should have been paid off and be playing for another club. With decisions like that it's no wonder Tom Davies and Kenny are the only 2 players who are in and around the first team squad. It looks like Anthony Gordon will make it, but he is an anomaly. In comparison Chelsea have lads coming through who would walk into our first team.

So in conclusion it's great that Unsworth won us some silver wear, but I'd rather lose games instead of a stifling a lads career.

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