We take on the Toffees for the third time this season at Southport FC’s Merseyrail Community Stadium, kick-off 7pm.
Southport’s FA Trophy clash with Worcester City was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch and while Under-21s Coach Ugo praised the stadium staff for getting the pitch back into a playable condition, he says our players will need to be mindful of the elements in the aftermath of Saturday’s downpour.
“The conditions could be a factor but regardless, we need to compete,” said Ugo, whose side beat Everton 4-1 in our first Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixture of the season before losing out at Goodison Park by the same scoreline in the Premier League International Cup at the end of August.
“Southport’s game was called off on Saturday but they’ve managed to get the game on tonight which is super-quick and credit to them for that.
“I think the conditions will call for a very compact, committed performance and you wouldn’t expect there to be many goals, so the first one will be crucial.
“In terms of the game, we’ll get what we normally get with Everton – a real tactical test. Last week against Southampton we allowed them to get too much of the ball, so we want the lads to work hard in and out of possession as we look to get the better of Everton tonight.”
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Squad: Voss, McDermott, Amos, Carter-Vickers, Coulthirst, Georgiou, Hayford, Lesniak, Miller, Sonupe, Townsend, Veljkovic, Walker-Peters, Walkes, Winks.