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by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

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Conor McAleny says Everton Under-21s are hell-bent on continuing their unbeaten run.

The young forward hit the winner against Blackburn in the final minute on Monday evening, completing a dramatic late fight-back at Haig Avenue.

Two goals down with 15 minutes to go, it looked like Everton would end up without a single point – let alone all three.

As it was, the win took the Blues' unbeaten run to eight games, a streak stretching back to a 2-1 reverse at the hands of the Lancashire outfit in November.

And speaking to evertontv after the game, McAleny, who has hit four goals in his last five appearances, insisted the nature of the most recent victory was one to celebrate.

He said: "There was a good atmosphere at the end. I don't think we played that well to be honest, but coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 is always good. The lads were all buzzing.

"2-0 is a dodgy scoreline - you only need one goal to be back in the game. We did that, got another one and I didn't even think we'd get the third one because it was that late on.

"But when it broke to me, I knew I'd score before I got to it to be honest."

Replays suggest the 20-year-old was, in fact, offside when Francisco Junior played the vital pass.

"I thought it was a penalty two minutes before that and the referee didn't give it, so it was justified if you ask me," insisted McAleny.

"For our second, it was a great finish [from Apostolos Vellios]. He had a few seconds to think about and he kept his cool to put it in the bottom corner.

"The manager said that he wanted us to go unbeaten at Christmas and we have been since then. We just need to keep it going."

Click here to watch highlights from the Under-21s' 3-2 victory over Blackburn.

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