Next Match:

Ticket Info

v West Brom

Saturday 13 September K.O. 15:00

  • 37
  • 1

Mini-Derby Boosts Stars

Goodison game of huge benefit to returning stars says Stubbs.

Watch Video Mini-Derby Boosts Stars
Related Links

Alan Stubbs believes Tuesday’s mini-derby at Goodison Park will be of great benefit to Everton’s returning stars.

Phil Jagielka, Victor Anichebe, Seamus Coleman and Jack Rodwell all got 90 minute run-outs under their belts.

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.

Phil Jagielka battles with Nathan EcclestonPhil Jagielka in action in the mini-derby at Goodison

“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.”

 

Alec WalkerIt is no help playing in a virtually empty stadium,no motivation. Those first team players could have picked up an injury.

Tuesday 6th March 19:22 Report Comment
StubHub

StubHub

Everton Season Ticket holders can list their seat for any Barclays Premier League game that they can’t attend on StubHub, the Official Ticket Marketplace

Find out more
Match Highlights Archive

Match Highlights Archive

Watch highlights from classic and recent Everton games on evertontv.

Find out more
2014/15 Season Tickets

2014/15 Season Tickets

All the information you could need about securing your seat at Goodison.

Find out more
Shop Online

Shop Online

Buy Everton merchandise on our online store.

Find out more
History Timeline

History Timeline

A quick visual walk through Everton's rich and fascinating history.

Find out more

This site uses cookies. Click here to learn more.