Paul Tait praised his in-form strikers’ relentless thirst for goals after Ellis Simms and Kieran Phillips each bagged a brace in the young Blues’ 4-0 victory at Sunderland on Saturday.
The Toffees maintained their lead at the top of the U18 Premier League (North) table with a dominant display against the Black Cats.
Simms put Everton ahead on 13 minutes, before doubling their advantage on the half-hour mark.
The young Blues kept their foot on the gas and Phillips made it 3-0 before half-time, before the striker rounded off the scoring two minutes after the break.
Boss Tait was delighted with how his side maintained their momentum after their remarkable 10-0 triumph over West Bromwich Albion last weekend.
“We started where we left off in the last game in terms of dominating the game and having all the ball,” he told evertonfc.com.
“I’m really pleased with the result but performance wise, it was very good, too
“Ellis scored a smashing goal to put us in front and we never looked back after that.
“We were in total control of the game, and we maybe weren’t as ruthless as we could have been. But, overall, it was really pleasing.”
After a competitive start to the game, a typical classy finish from Simms broke the deadlock in the north east. The forward unleashed an unstoppable curling effort with the outside of his boot that nestled into the bottom corner of the Sunderland net.
The red-hot Simms got Everton’s second of the afternoon, too, finishing clinically after a pinpoint cutback form Bobby Carroll. He has now scored 23 goals in just 12 matches this season.
Not to be outdone, strike partner Phillips got in on the act soon after. After a wonderful team move, he finished from a tight angle to put the Blues three in front heading into half-time.
And the 18-year-old slotted home at the back post just after the break to complete the scoring.
Boss Tait declared his delight with his strikers’ desire to get on the scoresheet, while also praising their work-rate and link-up play.
"We substituted Ellis in the second half, just to look after him, but he was desperate not to come off!” Tait explained. “He just wants to keep scoring and Kieran is the same.
“To be fair to them, they don’t let it affect their games. It’s the same with Korede Adedoyin, too.
“They’re still humble enough to pass to each other and set each other up or set someone else up, so it’s not to the detriment of the team. But they want to score goals, they are hungry.”