Mini-Derby Boosts Stars
Goodison game of huge benefit to returning stars says Stubbs.
Alan Stubbs believes Tuesday’s mini-derby at Goodison Park will be of great benefit to Everton’s returning stars.
Leon Osman and James McFadden were also involved in the 0-0 draw, with David Moyes one of several hundred interested spectators.
Stubbs acknowledged that the performance wasn’t as good as recent displays but declared himself pleased with the afternoon’s work.
“The fact that our side was more well-known definitely motivated them,” he told evertonfc.com.
“It can sometimes be harder as manager when you make a lot of changes but that is what reserve team football is all about.”
Much has been made of Everton’s hectic March schedule and Stubbs was pleased to report that the first team contingent had emerged unscathed from the hard-fought derby encounter.
“The game will benefit our lads,” he said. “It will benefit Jags to get 90 minutes, Faddy got some good match time, as did Jack Rodwell, Leon Osman and Victor.
“It is also a good opportunity for our younger players to play at Goodison. They need to show that they can cope with the big occasion and you learn a lot about them in situations like this.”