Everton Under-21 boss David Unsworth said he was delighted with the collective performance of his side as the young Blues ran out 3-1 winners against Southampton
Goals from David Henen, Jonjoe Kenny and Brendan Galloway saw the Toffees race into a three-goal lead at Southport inside half an hour.
And, despite a consolation strike from Bevis Mugabe in the second period, the youngsters held on to record an impressive victory and move within two points of league leaders Chelsea, while still having a game in hand.
“I am delighted with the players, I thought they were terrific from start to finish,” Unsworth told evertontv. “Our first-half performance really blitzed them and won us the game.
“The lads did really well on the ball tonight, they tried to pass it on a very difficult surface and I was delighted with that and the way they went about their business when they didn’t have the ball.
“They pressed as a team and they were a nightmare to play against. It was a great performance and it puts us back up towards the top of the league which is where we want to be.”
The former Blues defender also praised the Under-21s for executing their gameplan to hassle the Saints in the opening exchanges.
“We wanted to get out of the traps really quickly and press as a team,” he added. “We wanted to go at them in fours or fives and really ask a question of them on a difficult surface tonight.
“To get the great goal at the start gave us a really brilliant platform to go on and win the game convincingly.
“Every single player was really at the top of their game tonight – but I’m more pleased about the team display than any individuals.
“I thought everybody worked their socks off and they really deserved their victory.”
The Under-21s are next in action on Wednesday evening as they take on Villarreal at Goodison Park in the Premier League International Cup.
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