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