Evans: Under-23s' Togetherness Earned Spurs Win

Antony Evans hailed Everton Under-23s' togetherness and team spirit after his brace earned a 2-1 comeback win over Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night.

The victory moved the young Blues up to fourth in the Premier League 2 table, three points behind third-placed Arsenal but with a game in hand.

However, they had to do it the hard way in London. Against the run of play, Spurs took the lead in the 71st minute through Jack Roles, before an excellent through ball from Jose Baxter found its way to Evans, who poked the ball home to equalise three minutes later. 

Soon after, Evans netted the winner as he cut in from the right and fizzed a fine curling effort into the bottom corner with his left foot. 

Yet, the delighted 19-year-old refused to take the individual plaudits at the full-time whistle, instead choosing to congratulate his teammates for the gutsy fightback.

“That’s what we have about us, that team spirit, even though we are young and some of the lads are new to the squad,” Evans told evertonfc.com. “We all buy into the same philosophy and it showed again against Spurs.

“We all have character, a lot of us are from the city of Liverpool and we have a great team ethic.

“We were probing them without getting anywhere, then had a goal ruled out for offside. Again we probed but still couldn’t get the goal we wanted.

“We went 1-0 down, even though I felt we didn’t deserve it, but we knew what Spurs are good at - they keep the ball, pass and move -  but we also knew what we are good at, too.

“We kept pressing them and, as soon as they got their goal, we reacted and from there we were the better team.”

The brace represented Evans’ first goals since the double he netted against Arsenal in September.

And the forward was honest in his assessment that getting on the scoresheet more regularly is something he is keen to incorporate into his game - especially if they are similar to his second against Tottenham.

“Goals are what I have been lacking this year,” he added. “I have been getting my defensive duties in order and playing my position but now I have been adding goals. Hopefully I can continue to do that.

“I enjoyed the second one. It was a tough game and I was shattered. But I saw the goalkeeper was covering his near post a little too much, so I tried to whip it into the far corner and thankfully it went in.”

The Under-23s are back in action on Tuesday 23 January when they host Portsmouth in the Premier League Cup at Southport FC. Kick-off is at 7pm and entry is free to Members and Season Ticket holders. 

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