Everton Under-23s duo Antony Evans and Dennis Adeniran both felt there were many positives to take from Tuesday night’s goalless draw at Derby County in the Premier League International Cup.
The young Blues were unlucky not to come away from Pride Park with all three points in their second group match of the competition, with Evans going closest in the first half when he was denied by a fine save from Derby keeper Kelle Roos.
The best chance of the match came after the break when full-back Luke Garbutt made a late run into the box to meet a looping cross on the volley. His strike went down into the ground and smashed off the bar.
At the other end, Evans was pleased with the Toffees’ defensive work to register a clean sheet.
“It’s something to build on,” said the 19-year-old. “I think the main focus was to get a clean sheet to start with.
“Garbs [Luke Garbutt] had a good chance in the second half and hit the bar when were dominant.”
Midfielder Adeniran, who signed from Fulham in the summer, echoed Evans’ views and believed he and his team did well to respond to Friday’s Premier League 2 defeat to Leicester ahead of Monday’s trip to the same opponents.
“I think it was a good game after we had lost against Leicester, we needed a reaction and I thought we played well,” he said. “We were unfortunate to not get the win but it was a good team performance from us and we are all now looking to Monday, hopefully we can beat Leicester in the league then.
“We had a couple good chances, maybe we could have converted some in the final third but we will get back to training on Friday and get back to it.”