"Team Spirit And Work Ethic" Keys To U23s' Win

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David Unsworth says Everton Under-23s’ team spirit and work ethic were the keys to the young Blues kicking off 2018 with a victory.

His side had been left frustrated after games against Barnsley and Manchester City fell foul of the inclement weather earlier this month, but they finally returned to the pitch to record a come-from-behind 2-1 Premier League 2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Monday.

After Jack Roles had opened the scoring at Spurs’ Hotspur Way training base, an Antony Evans double saw the Toffees return north with all three points.

First, the young forward poked home following a fine through ball from Jose Baxter, before thundering home a long-range strike to seal a win that lifts Everton to third in the Premier League 2 table.

“We have had a couple of games called off recently so it is just nice to be back on the pitch,” Unsworth told evertonfc.com. “It’s been frustrating but it was great to be out on the grass and come away with a fantastic victory.

“Even at 1-0 down, I know that whatever team we put out, we are not going to settle for that. From the first day I got this job, the team spirit and the team ethic has never been in question. I have honest lads who love playing for Everton.

“We got a deserved equaliser and then Antony has scored a fantastic individual goal. I’m delighted for him.

“When we are at our best, we press teams and we don’t give them a minute’s peace. We did that in stages in the first half and we were the better team. Tottenham were better in the second half, and it took us until they scored to start playing again.

“But once we started doing what we are good at, we scored two great goals and it was very comfortable in the end.”

The Under-23s will be back in action on Tuesday 23 January, when they welcome Portsmouth to Merseyside in the Premier League Cup. 

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