Stubbs Up For The Cup
Under-21s set for final game before new competition begins.
Everton Under-21s complete their mini-tour of Scotland on Thursday afternoon with a friendly against Kilmarnock (kick off 1.30pm).
The young Blues drew 2-2 with St Mirren on Tuesday and now head to the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow for what will be a final run-out before beginning their inaugural Under-21 Premier League Cup campaign.
Everton enter the competition at the last-32 stage with a trip to Middlesbrough a week on Monday (18 November).
Under-21s coach Alan Stubbs has welcomed the introduction of the competition, which offers his young players the chance to experience meaningful knockout football.
“The Under-21 Premier League Cup is a new addition this year and it’s basically the equivalent of the FA Youth Cup, so it will be good,” Stubbs told evertontv. “We’ve been drawn against Middlesbrough, which will be a tough game for our lads, but we’ll go there and look to keep our performance levels as high as they have been.
“At the moment, I’m happy to play anyone because of the football we are playing.”
The cup tie against the Teessiders takes place at Riverside Stadium, allowing the Under-21s to also experience another first-team stadium.
They have already played twice at Goodison Park this season, in addition to away games at the Etihad Stadium, St James’ Park and Ewood Park.
“It’s been good and the lads have enjoyed that,” Stubbs continued. “The only game we haven’t really performed in was at Manchester City but apart from that I can have no complaints about our performances this season. That was the only negative one that we have had.
“They have got the chance to play at the Riverside now but it won’t be easy. Middlesbrough will be strong because they have always had good teams and put competitive sides out.
“But we will see what they have when we get there and take on what is in front of us.”
Supporters can follow Thursday’s friendly against Kilmarnock with regular updates on the Club’s official Twitter feed.
A match report will be published here on evertonfc.com after the final whistle.