Unsy: Defeat Was Cruel

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Everton Under-21s boss David Unsworth says his young players will need to bounce back quickly after learning just how cruel football can be in Monday's mini-derby defeat at Chester.

The Young Blues led through Ryan Ledson's stunning second-half effort at the Deva Stadium but saw Liverpool level within four minutes and then steal victory in the final moments of added time.

And, with games against Manchester United and Chelsea the next two on the fixture list, Unsworth wants his side to quickly put the disappointment of the defeat behind them.

"It can be a cruel game sometimes," the former defender told evertontv. "The performance didn't warrant that.

"And it's hard for the young players in the team because they've learned the hard way tonight.

"I don't think lifting their heads will be a problem though. We'll lick our wounds and feel sorry for ourselves overnight but then we'll come back in in the morning, regroup and go again.

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"As long as they learn - and nobody wants to get beaten I can assure you, especially against Liverpool - but that's what matters. Taking something from this is what's important because we have some more big games coming up."

Ledson's 69th-minute opener - a curled effort from just inside the box - lit up a game that had until then stuttered.

Indeed, the Blues were second best to their rivals in the first half and Unsworth admitted to demanding more from his side at the break.

He said: "We took a while to get going in the game and I thought Liverpool were better than us in the first half.

"But we grouped together at half-time and I thought the players were terrific in the second half - their commitment, effort and all-round play was better.

"We were pressing really well but then we were 100 miles per hour trying to play our passes, and you can't press and play at that tempo. We asked them to settle down and take a touch, pick out a few more passes and I thought we did that in the second half.

"It was a fantastic goal by Ryan and we could have scored more to see the game out. We didn't do that and, in the end, our game management has killed us a little bit."

Look out for highlights from Monday's game on evertontv shortly.

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