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Andy van der Meyde makes his return from injury tonight.

 

The Dutchman has been out since pulling his hamstring against Nottingham Forest in pre-season but he will play for the reserves against Bolton at the Halton Stadium (Kick off 7pm).

 

Van der Meyde is joined in the starting XI by James Vaughan, the striker who scored twice for the second string in last week's 3-2 victory over Liverpool.

 

Goalkeeper Iain Turner also gets a much-needed run-out as he takes over from Carlo Nash.

 

Andy Holden's side are still unbeaten this season, and currently sit atop the Barclays Premier Reserve League North.

 

Also included in the side are last week's freekick hero Lee Molyneux and midfielders Dan Gosling and James Wallace, who were both unused substitutes for the first-team clash with Arsenal at the weekend.

 

Seventeen-year-old Hope Akpan has also earned a start following his impressive cameo in the mini-derby while James McCarten marks the signing of his first professional contract with a starting berth.

 

....and we're 3-0 down at half time :( .

 

Turner

Irving

Molyneux

Barnett

McCarten

Wallace

Gosling

Akpan

Vaughan

Van der Meyde

Kissock

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Everton 0 Bolton 3

 

Bolton's experience proved too much for Everton Reserves as their unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Tuesday.

 

Seven of the visitors' starting XI could boast Premier League runouts and one, Ebi Smolarek, has been named Polish Player of the Year for three successive seasons. And it was his goal, followed by efforts from Heider Helguson and Joey O'Brien, which gave this game its one-sided scoreline. In comparison Andy Holden had little first-team quality to call on. James Vaughan, scorer of two in last week's mini derby win over Liverpool, was the stand-out name with Andy van der Meyde and Iain Turner making only their first outings of the season. It was little surprise then that Bolton did much of the early running, with Mustapha Riga, a summer signing from Levante, pulling the strings in midfield.

 

Temitope Obadeyi failed to capitalise on the Dutchman's clever ball over the top 12 minutes in - but the deadlock would be broken with the very next attack. A cross was allowed to come in from the right and Smolarek was left in acres of space to plant a neat header past the helpless Turner. Having fallen behind Everton went in search of an immediate response. Van der Meyde found Vaughan in the box but the youngster was outmuscled and the ball cleared. It fell kindly for John Paul Kissock but, under pressure, the midfielder fired high and wide. Dan Gosling saw a shot parried in the direction of Vaughan soon after but this time Nicky Hunt got there first.

 

Undoubtedly Everton were turning the screw in search of an equaliser and James McCarten, the 17-year-old centre back who this week signed his first professional contract with the Blues, headed a deep Lee Molyneux freekick inches past the post. Bolton possessed a threat on the break though and so it proved when Helguson stooped to head home a second on 38 minutes. And it got worse as the visitors' lead was extended to three before the break, O'Brien lobbing into an unguarded net with Turner stranded. Gosling had a shot cleared off the line in between and perhaps that alone offered encouragement for the second half. For, while a dogged performance made no difference to the scoresheet, Holden's determined charges at least kept Bolton at bay.

 

Molyneux, scorer last week of a stunning freekick, came closest to a reply only to see his low shot tipped past the post. He failed narrowly to repeat the trick that did for Liverpool stopper Dean Bouzanis too, Ali Al-Habsi proving tougher to beat from 20-yards. And while Riga rattled Turner's post late on, the Scottish stopper earned his luck, displaying both bravery and agility in twice denying Bolton a fourth.

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