The Toffees had the better of the first 15 minutes but we dominated the rest of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League encounter in the rain at Southport FC’s Merseyrail Community Stadium.
However, the likely outcome looked as bleak as the weather when Everton broke and caught us on the counter-attack to take the lead through Liam Walsh with only 10 minutes remaining.
Yet we found a response three minutes later as lively substitute Emmanuel Sonupe was tripped in the penalty area and Andros Townsend rifled home the equaliser from the spot.
“I thought we were a little slow out of the traps but after that we played some magnificent stuff, competed, dominated the ball and it’s probably the best we’ve played in patches – just without that killer instinct,” said Ugo, our Under-21s Coach.
“There were some pleasing aspects out there. Cameron Carter-Vickers was magnificent, defended stoutly, made the right decisions on the ball, played it and knew when to clear, Milos Veljkovic was composed, Shaq Coulthirst gave us a platform to play up to by holding the ball up, Andros got regular crosses into the box and the substitutes had a real impact.
“Will Miller gave us a bit of bite and Emmanuel Sonupe was electric in the time he was on, he looked quick, dangerous and had end product – everything we’d spoken to him about.
“Everyone could see we deserved something out of the game and we’re disappointed not to have won it because we had enough opportunities in and around the box, you’re just hoping something falls for you.”