ALAN Stubbs hailed the resilience of his Everton U-21 side after they hung on to beat West Brom 2-1 on Sunday.
The Blues were not at their best but goals either side of half-time from Matthew Kennedy and Hallam Hope were still enough to see them leapfrog their opponents and go fifth in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League National Group 1.
The win means Everton remain in the hunt for a play-off spot with just four games remaining.
“We did okay but I thought West Brom had the lion’s share of the possession, he said. “At times our lads at the back defended their 18-yard line really well and got some vital blocks in but performance-wise we’ve been better.
“They stuck at it and they got a result and it’s good if you can do that. They understand that when they’re not playing well they have to stay in the game.”
Stubbs was particularly impressed by 18-year-old winger Kennedy, a summer signing from Kilmarnock.
“Matthew scored a great first goal and he had a massive part in the second goal and they were probably the two bright points in the game.
“He’s done well since he’s come in. We want to keep his feet firmly on the ground but we’ve been happy with what he’s done and we’re hoping that he keeps progressing.”
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