David Unsworth is confident Everton Under-21s can respond to last week’s mini-derby defeat by beating Sunderland on Monday evening.
The coach of the Young Blues says his team face a ‘three-game season’ in which to earn the results that will see them play top division football in the Under-21s Premier League again in 2015/16.
After the trip to Wearside, Everton will prepare for another long distance away journey on Friday to West Ham, which is then followed by a meeting with Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Monday 18 May.
Currently, Everton Under-21s occupy 11th position in the table but have a game in hand over Fulham, who have recorded one point more.
“It’s a three-game season now for the players,” Unsworth told evertonfc.com. “We’ve got to go again, starting with a trip up to Sunderland. They are a good team and that’s followed with a game at West Ham.
“It’s two big games [this week] and we have to get a couple of good results.”
Unsworth hopes to have forward David Henen fit enough to play against Sunderland after the young Belgian injured his ankle in Thursday’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool.
Kick-off against the Black Cats on Monday evening is 7pm at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground.
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