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08 August 2017 Venue Finch Farm Training Complex Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Everton U23
3 - 4
FT
Brentford

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4-4-1-1
  • 1
    Chris Renshaw
    GK
  • 2
    Danny Bramall
    DF
  • 5
    Callum Connolly (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Lewis Gibson
    DF
  • 3
    Luke Garbutt
    DF
  • 7
    Josh Bowler
    MF
  • 8
    Jack Kiersey
    MF
  • 4
    Nathangelo Markelo
    MF
  • 11
    Pawel Zuk
    MF
  • 10
    Nathan Broadhead
    FW
  • 9
    Anthony Evans
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Mateusz Hewelt
    SUB
  • 12
    Morgan Feeney
    SUB
  • 14
    Alex Denny
    SUB
  • 15
    Sam Byrne
    SUB
  • 16
    Anton Donker
    SUB
  • 17
    Matty Foulds
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    David Unsworth

4-3-3
  • 1
    Ellery Balcombe
    GK
  • 3
    David Titov
    DF
  • 23
    Mads Sorensen
    DF
  • 5
    Jarvis Edobor
    DF
  • 2
    Lukas Talbro
    DF
  • 6
    Zain Westbrooke (C)
    MF
  • 18
    Bradley Clayton
    MF
  • 8
    Ali Coote
    MF
  • 15
    Theo Archibald
    FW
  • 11
    Herson Alves
    FW
  • 9
    Marcus Forss
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Trialist GK
    SUB
  • 7
    Jan Novak
    SUB
  • 10
    Joe Hardy
    SUB
  • 14
    Nikolaj Kirk
    SUB
  • 19
    Jan Holldack
    SUB
  • 20
    Raphael Assibey-Mensah
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Kevin O'Connor

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Everton U23 v Brentford B

Kevin O'Connor's side travel to Liverpool for match with Toffees

7 August 2017

The B Team are 100 per cent from six games, they have now arrived in Liverpool for a match against Everton U23 in an attempt to continue that success

Five days after their last match, Brentford B are on the road again to the North West. They face last season's Premier League 2 champions at noon on Tuesday.

The Opposition

Everton U23 were crowned champions of Premier League 2's Division One in April, finishing three points ahead of Manchester City. 17,000 fans filled Goodison Park to see David Unsworth's squad lift the trophy a month later.

The Blues won 15 of their 22 fixtures last season, the highest win rate in the top division. The Bees are their final pre-season friendly before league action begins. They begin the defence of their title on Friday 11 August with a trip to newly promoted West Ham United.

This season will be the team's second year as an Academy in the Checkatrade Trophy. In the 2016/17 campaign, they were knocked out in the Group Stage.

The Boss

Former Blues players David Unsworth and John Ebbrell are the duo at the head of the Everton U23 squad.

Unsworth, the Head Coach, made over 300 appearances for the First Team, where he was also a part of their FA Cup winning squad of 1995. A defender who quickly earned a reputation for his no-nonsense style, Unsworth also played top flight football for West Ham United, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic.

For a few brief spells between 2010 and 2012, he was caretaker manager of Preston North End. He returned to Everton in 2013 as assistant U21 coach to Alan Stubbs. In 2014, he took the hot seat after Stubbs moved to Hibernian FC.

Ebbrell started his career with Everton before moving to Sheffield United in 1997. His time as a player was cut short by an ankle injury that forced him into early retirement just two years after he signed for The Blades.

His post-playing days started when he became a scout under David Moyes. He took a brief break from the game to start a football agency but soon returned as a coach of Tranmere Rovers. In 2015, he took up a job with the Everton Academy.

Brentford B

The B team have six wins from six games this season, their most recent a 2-1 win over Southampton U23.

After going a goal down in the first half, Reece Cole and Theo Archibald scored either side of half time to rescue the game.

Six players have played a part in every match this season and will likely do the same on Tuesday afternoon; Ellery Balcombe, Ilias Chatzitheodoridis, Ali Coote, Marcus Forss, Jan Holldack and Lukas Talbro.

Eight players have scored 17 goals, while Balcombe has only conceded three. Coote and Forss are the top scorers on four each, the latter strike's all coming against Benfica B last month.

Henrik Johansson remains sidelined with a muscle injury, the only player still missing from selection this week.

Match Coverage

A full match report will appear on brentfordfc.com after the game. Fans can also follow updates on Twitter (@brentfordfc).

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Match Report: Everton U23 3 Brentford B 4

Bees win dramatic game in downpour at Finch Farm

8 August 2017

Brentford B made it seven wins from seven games with a 4-3 win over Everton U23 at Finch Farm Training Complex.

Brentford scored an early opener through Theo Archibald, before The Toffees equalised later in the first half. Just before half time, Marcus Forss put The Bees back in the lead.

Zain Westbrooke scored a free-kick to extend his side's advantage, but two quickfire goals drew Everton level after an hour. Herson Alves then scored a winner with seven minutes to play in a second half dominated by pouring rain.

Within five minutes, Everton had created their first chance. Jack Kiersey hit a low shot that came in from distance, Ellery Balcombe got down quickly to save it.

A minute later, Brentford took the lead. Archibald robbed a defender of the ball in the final third, the broke away to score into the top corner from the edge of the box.

The next 15 minutes saw an end to end game open up, with The Blues trying to catch Brentford on the break at every opportunity.

On 21 minutes, it paid off. Kiersey broke down the right wing, then squared for Nathan Broadhead to clip the ball into the net from in line with the penalty spot.

It didn't take long for The Bees to respond. Westbrooke played a quick through ball under pressure to Forss, who took one touch into the box and then dinked the ball over the onrushing Chris Renshaw to make it 2-1.

Pawel Zuk then went close on the left wing, cutting inside before firing a shot that sailed narrowly wide of Balcombe's left post.

The visitors could have had a third before half time, when Lukas Talbro played Forss in behind the Everton back four. The striker shot first-time but Renshaw got his foot to the ball to send it away from the net.

After the break, The Blues made five changes and came out of the dressing room like a new team. The first five minutes of the second period were hectic at the back for Brentford.

Balcombe had to be alert to parry a low swerving shot from substitute Sam Byrne that looked like it would creep in at his far post.

Just after an hour of football, Westbrooke drilled a free-kick from the edge of the box into the bottom left corner of the net. Archibald had originally won a free-kick 10 yards back, but the referee had blown up again after a member of the wall handled the shot.

Everton responded with two goals in as many minutes. After 63 minutes, Anton Donker wriggled free from the back four and slotted the ball below Balcombe.

Moments after the restart, The Blues were in again. Racing forward on the right, Danny Bramall fired a low cross into the box and it was turned in at the far post by Broadhead once again.

In the last 20 minutes, Brentford pushed for a win. Kevin O'Connor introduced Raphael Assibey-Mensah and Jan Holldack to try and find the breakthrough.

83 minutes into the game, Alves scored the winner. A move that started on the right wing with David Titov, ended up falling to Forss inside the box. The Finnish striker miskicked his effort, but it fell kindly to Alves and he swept the ball into the net with his right foot.

Assibey-Mensah could have added to the scoreline in the dying moments. He beat two men after cutting inside from the left, then sent a shot past the goalkeeper but it hit the post and came back out.

The referee blew for full time shortly after, and the Premier League 2 champions were defeated by a hard-working Brentford side. 4-3 the final score.

Brentford B: Ellery Balcombe; David Titov, Mads Sorensen, Jarvis Edobor, Lukas Talbro; Zain Westbrooke (c), Bradley Clayton, Ali Coote (sub Jan Holldack 67 mins); Theo Archibald, Marcus Forss, Herson Alves (sub Raphael Assibey-Mensah 83 mins)

Subs (not used): Trialist GK, Nikolaj Kirk, Jan Novak, Joe Hardy

Everton U23: Chris Renshaw; Danny Bramall, Callum Connolly (sub Morgan Feeney 45 mins), Lewis Gibson, Luke Garbutt (sub Matty Foulds 45 mins); Josh Bowler (sub Sam Byrne 45 mins), Jack Kiersey (sub Alex Denny 45 mins), Nathangelo Markelo, Pawel Zuk (sub Anton Donker 45 mins); Nathan Broadhead, Anthony Evans

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