Griffiths Looks Ahead To Mini Derby

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Russell Griffiths is looking forward to an extra special mini derby in his hometown on Monday evening.

Everton Under-21s currently sit just three points off top spot and will be looking to keep up their title charge when they meet Liverpool at Chester FC's Swansway Stadium.

David Unsworth's side recorded a 1-0 victory against Sunderland last time out to ensure progression through to the quarter-finals of the Premier League International Cup.

Speaking after the game, goalkeeper Griffiths says he was delighted to provide a response to Monday's away defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.

"It was a perfect response to Monday and I was delighted to get the clean sheet," he told evertonfc.com.

"We started the game well and we carried on in that manner, we are really pleased to get the win and to progress.

"It's been a great experience for me to be around the first team recently, but I'm also glad to be back playing regularly for the Under-21s. I want to perform well and hopefully that will push me closer to the first team again."

Griffiths says attentions have now turned back to league competition, and the 18-year-old who helped the Under-18s to the league title last campaign is now focused on achieving the same feat with the Under-21s.

"I suppose, in a way, it's extra special for me with the derby being at Chester which is my hometown. A win would put us right back up there in the league and that's what where we want to be.

"We're always confident, we know what we're capable of doing and we want to end the season strongly."

Kick-off for the game against Liverpool is 7pm. Follow the Club's official @Everton Twitter account for live updates.





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