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Everton Reserves Report: Toffees Outclassed At The Etihad

Everton had a tough time at The Etihad against Patrick Vieira's talented squad.

Christian Hofer

The talent pool that rich clubs have to pick from is just silly. When you go up against a club like Manchester City at any level there will always be a chance that the game is deemed a blowout before you even know it.

That is why a result like the one the Everton U-21's put up this past week is not something to be overly alarmed by, but instead should be used as a learning tool.

The Toffees went down 3-0 inside of 30 minutes and Manchester City was able to coast into a deserved three points.

The home side got off the mark after Albert Rusnak beat Mateusz Taudul to the low corner. Rusnak was buzzing from the first whistle and gave the Blues fit in their own third.

Three minutes later Marco Lopes gave City a comfortable cushion by also beating the big Pole low.

Everton were looking to respond but Chris Long's half-volley found the woodwork.

Rusnak was able to make sure that he killed all momentum from the close-call by depositing just before the 30--minute mark.

The half ended with Everton chasing by three and not having much to be proud of from the first 45 minutes.

First team hopefuls Magaye Gueye and Apostolos Vellios started the match but didn't make any noise before being subbed out at the break.

The second-half featured choppy play that saw the game get held up by injuries and stoppages. Everton weren't threatened nor threatening in the second-half of a game that seemingly everybody left for dead after Rusnak's second goal.

Up next for Alan Stubbs' side is Reading on Monday at home.