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Stoke City (A) Wed 4 Mar 2015, 19:45, Barclays Premier League

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Alan Stubbs has praised the positive attitude of forward Magaye Gueye after he fired Everton Under-21s to a 2-1 win over Arsenal on Thursday.

The Paris-born 23-year-old netted twice at Southport's Merseyrail Community Stadium as the Young Blues racked up their second victory in four days, following Monday's 3-1 defeat of Southampton.

His first, a stunning 25-yard free-kick, put Everton ahead with just five minutes played, before he drilled a decisive second beyond goalkeeper Matt Macey just moments after the half-time break.

Gueye, a 2010 summer signing from Strasbourg, has struggled for first-team action so far this season, making his sole appearance in January's 4-0 FA Cup success at Stevenage.

A scorer on that afternoon as well, Stubbs insists the Senegal Under-23 international must take credit for making the most of his opportunities as and when they arise.

"It's a great first goal from Magaye," he told evertontv. "Sometimes it can be a little bit disheartening as a first-team player when you're playing for the Under-21s, but it was purely for him to get fitness and to get games under his belt.

"First and foremost, his attitude has been great, and he's got what he's shown tonight in his locker.

"I'm really happy for him and you can see that it means something to him as well to get the two goals."

Stubbs was also pleased with the league debut performance of 17-year-old goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek.

Stanek, a January arrival from Sparta Prague, started in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League for the very first time, and while he was beaten by a 66th-minute consolation from Gunners winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Stubbs was happy with the stopper's overall contribution.

He said: "I thought Jindrich did well and looked comfortable dealing with what he had to deal with. His kicking was good and, though there were one or two little bits we'll pick up on, it's a work in progress and he's only been at the Club a matter of weeks.

"He was thrown into it a bit tonight and I thought he responded really well."

The victory keeps alive hopes of a top-half Everton finish and Stubbs added: "It's tough to ask them to turn out Monday and Thursday, particularly playing against two top teams, and I could't be happier for them. The performance levels in both games have probably been right up there with the best we've had this season.

"I was full of admiration for them and it wasn't just the bits of quality that won us the game, it was the desire to work for each other which was really pleasing."

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