Everton midfielder James McCarthy stepped up his return to fitness with a great performance for the Under 23 side at Goodison Park as they beat Manchester City last night.
McCarthy suffered a broken leg in a freak accident against West Brom in January and yesterday saw him complete the first 90 minutes of football since the incident.
Evertonians were treated to a strong Under 23 side which David Unsworth put out with the intention of seeing off the visitors, which they did 1-0 thanks to an early goal from Bassala Sambou.
Fellow first-teamer Mason Holgate also played in the game, but was sent off for a second yellow card offence in the 79th minute, but Everton held on and ran out worthy winners, which pleased boss Unsworth.
After the match, Unsworth told the official site, “It was a great win and a great clean sheet,” he said. “We applied ourselves in a fantastic way. We showed great commitment, desire and quality as well. It was a great night’s work.
“It’s great to see James back, too, I’m absolutely delighted for him. I know him very well and he’s had a hard time.
“Tonight’s performance just shows all the great work he’s done in the gym and with all the physios and fitness coaches. He got better as the game went on.”
Unsworth’s Under 23 side are now two points clear of Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion at the top of Premier League 2.