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Everton U23 coach Unsworth: EFL Trophy good for development

Everton U23 coach David Unsworth was delighted with their EFL Trophy win over Burton Albion.

Unsworth admits he's a supporter for the competition and the potential introduction of B teams.

Asked if the competition has worked for Everton, Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo: “Yeah, I think it has. It's a competition we've been delighted to be in. For the first couple of years, there was almost a novelty for the players to play against first-team players.

“You know me and you know I'm a big advocate of what happens everywhere around Europe with B-teams and for the purpose of developing young players quicker, it is brilliant the way they work throughout the leagues in Europe.

"When we've had a sniff of playing first-team opponents, I've been all over it. Even in pre-season, it is something I feel very passionately about.

“You've seen tonight, a very, very good mid-table League One club with an experienced manager, we've been the better team and won quite comfortably.

"People slag off under-23s football, the Premier League do the best they can and it's a league that has improved year after year and it's not as bad as people make it out to be. You've seen that tonight.

"Technically, we've looked the better team, we handled the ball brilliantly and the way we work proves it's right, in terms of being like a first-team and working a lot on physicality and speed and tempo and limited touches because tonight we were just awesome."


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