Stubbs: We Didn't Do Enough
Under-21s boss disappointed with defeat at Norwich.
Alan Stubbs says his Everton Under-21 side didn't do enough to warrant victory at Norwich City on Tuesday evening.
The young Blues were on the wrong end of a 2-1 reverse at Carrow Road, with fortune playing a part in both of the hosts' strikes.
Tyias Browning cancelled out Josh Murphy’s deflected effort before the ball fell kindly for Jamar Loza to clinch three points in the closing stages.
And despite an improved showing after the interval, Stubbs insists Everton were made to pay for a lacklustre opening period.
He told evertonfc.com: "We didn't influence the game in the first half enough. I thought one or two of our older lads needed to take the game to them more and grab it by the scruff of the neck. We seemed to accept things in the first 45 and, for whatever reason that was, it was the wrong reason. We just didn't do enough.
"I thought they were better than us in the first half and we were better in the second.
"We asked questions after the break, we were taking the ball and had more courage in tight areas and under pressure. That's what we have to do, and I thought the lads did that better in the second half.
"But we can't wait 45 minutes before we play. That's the case no matter what level they play, but even more so the higher they go up.
"Their two goals both involved a huge slice of luck, but that happens and we have to move on. We've got another game coming up on Monday and we'll go again."
Matthew Pennington and Matthew Kennedy were both recalled from their loan spells at Tranmere Rovers and returned to the Under-21 side for the game in Norfolk.
And with other members of the group due to re-join the squad in the coming weeks, Stubbs is confident the competition for places can help the Blues climb the table.
He explained: "We let the two Matthews go out and initially it was going to be one month, but we left them there longer. Now we just feel it's the right time to bring them back because we've got a few injuries. There's no other reason.
"The experience that they've had, we're hoping that will stand them in good stead and we're just monitoring them now they're back at Everton and seeing what's next.
"Chris Long is injured and still a few weeks away - probably another two or three weeks. Conor Grant will hopefully be training on Thursday with us for the first time in months, which will be great to get another body back.
"We're not the biggest squad at the best of times, so the more we can get back the better, because that can help us get a few more results."
Stubbs' side take on Bolton Wanderers at Reebok Stadium on Monday. Kick off is at 7pm.