Youngsters Get Their Chance

Andy Holden takes a squad with no Premiership experience to the City Ground tonight for a reserve match with Nottingham Forest.

In previous games, the second string has been boosted by the inclusion of Gary Naysmith, Steve Watson and Richard Wright, but they are not included in the travelling party.

Naysmith is away on international duty, but Watson and Wright have been excused for the game by David Moyes as the run-in to the season begins in earnest at West Brom on Sunday.

Also missing are the on-loan Iain Turner, Anthony Gerrard and Daniel Fox, Eddy Bosnar is absent through injury, while James Vaughan and Scott Phelan are involved with England's Under-17 side.

Paul Hopkins and Lawrence Wilson are currently under the tutelage of Martin Hunter and the England Under-19 squad, so Holden has 11 players unavailable for this match.

The second string boss will hand a debut to Welsh defender Matthew Holt, while Sean Lake is set to start his first reserve game since September.

Stephen Wynne, Sean Wright and Mark Hughes are included alongside Holt in the back four, while the midfield quartet of Harris, Plessis, Vidarsson and Seargeant has an inexperienced look about it.

Victor Anichebe and Andrew Fowler are Everton's strikers for tonight's encounter with Forest, who are propping up the Barclays Premier Reserve League North table with 18 points from 22 games.

Everton reserves (from): Lake, Wynne, Wright, Holt, Hughes, Harris, Plessis, Vidarsson, Anichebe, Fowler, Seargeant, Morrison, Gallagher, Kearney, Davidsen, Irving.

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