EVERTON U-18s six-game unbeaten run continues – but boss Kevin Sheedy wants to see his side recapture their defensive solidity quickly.
The young Blues continue to play vibrant attacking football, but are making life difficult for themselves by leaking goals.
They had to fight back to grab a point against West Brom in an entertaining 2-2 draw on Saturday, and although he was encouraged, Sheedy is demanding greater concentration from his rearguard.
He said: “We started slowly and gifted them a goal, got ourselves back into the game and then gave them another with an own goal.
“For West Brom’s second one of their lads got to the byline and instead of dealing with it our defence panicked and it became a bit of a farce.
“In the end it ricocheted in off one of our lads.
“We’ve only kept one clean sheet this season and the frustrating thing is that if you look back at all the goals we’ve conceded almost every single one of them is preventable.
“Fair play if we are conceding 30-yard wonder goals but we’ve let ourselves down for the vast majority of them so it’s something we need to improve and improve fast.
“On the positive side we look like we are going to score when we go forward.
“The 2-2 result was probably a fair one in the end and I was pleased with the application and fitness we showed, particularly after several of our team had played in the England versus Wales Victory Shield game only a couple of days beforehand.
“That in itself is a good sign and we’ve simply got to improve at the back and we’ll do well.
“I’m sure it will come but there is plenty of hard work to do and everyone has to be determined to improve.”