Tom Davies and Jonjoe Kenny enjoying Sam Allardyce's 'straightforward' approach at Everton

Sam Allardyce Manager of Everton argues with the fourth offical during the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park

Apollon Limassol v Everton

Robles was kept busy before the half ended, saving from Adrian Sardinero and Fotis Papoulis, who flicked home a free-kick only to be adjudged offside as the visitors entered the interval with a two-goal lead.

The game had long petered out, though, and Shakespeare was able to bring on Nathan Broadhead, Gordon and Alex Denny for maiden senior appearances. "There is an opportunity for the players tonight to go out there and try to get a result".

This side is filled with talent but it appears that the side has not clicked together yet and that is something that the manager will need to work on.

Such a view underplays his achievements with Bolton, which demonstrate Allardyce's legendary pragmatism can be adapted into a more free-flowing style with the right players and funding.

On the other side of the coin, Apollon Limassol, are a side that will look to win.

Everton are yet to win a match in Group E and need three points to avoid finishing bottom of the standings, although Apollon are no pushovers as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 when they visited Goodison Park in September. "You just have to do your maximum and that's all you can control". The January transfer window will likely see incoming players, albeit at a premium because of Everton's well-known squad imbalance, but Steve Walsh has the potential to uncover some unexpected gems.

The pair were accused of failing to apply themselves in a pre-game training session led by Duncan Ferguson.

Despite these challenges, Everton's future seems bright given the current crop of academy graduates pushing for first-team places.

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