Everton Under-23s take on Manchester City on Friday evening in a crunch clash at the top of Premier League 2.
David Unsworth’s table-topping Toffees travel to City’s Academy Stadium to take on second-placed City, a 7pm kick-off, knowing a win would extend their lead to nine points with four games to play.
The Blues head down the East Lancs in fine form, with six wins from their past six league outings.
“Everyone is looking forward to the game,” Under-23s assistant John Ebbrell told evertonfc.com. “Obviously, they are second and we are top so we want to put on a positive performance, win the game and that will put Monday’s result behind us then.
“Our last performance in the league [a 2-0 home win over Southampton] was excellent. It was a very good team performance - good passing, good movement and we worked for each other. It was a joy to watch.
“We want to go to Manchester City now and do something similar, make that statement that we can play well against the best teams in the league and, ultimately, win the game.
“It’s another test for us. Regardless of what situation or scenario you are in, the key thing is to maximise what you have and perform at your best. Friday will be no different, apart from there being a bit more of an edge to the game because of the importance of it.”
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