David Unsworth‘s first game in charge of Everton could have gone worse.
The Toffees kept Chelsea on its toes for 90 minutes, even controlling play for stretches against the reigning champs in the first match since Ronald Koeman was fired.
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“Hopefully we will be as committed as that in every game that I am in charge of,” he said.
“We started with a great display tonight but we want to know go and start a winning streak. But when I see and hear older pros helping the young lads out like they did, then it makes me quite excited to take us forward and work with everybody. We had a game plan and the players stuck to that. I am very proud of them. Nobody likes losing but I saw so much to work with in a great, committed performance.”
The Toffees got a surprise performance in the center of the park from a player many hadn’t heard of prior to Wednesday: 19-year-old Beni Baningime. The Congolese midfielder had played with Unsworth in the U-23s, and was forced into the fray when Morgan Schneiderlin fell ill.
Everton goes to Leicester City this weekend in what’s essentially an (way too) early season relegation six pointer before a trip to Lyon in the UEFA Europa League. Watford and Crystal Palace follow, so getting sorted is not improbable for the Toffees.