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Under-18s boss Paul Tait hails Toffees teen Tom Cannon

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Everton’s Under-18 side recovered from 2-0 down to beat Wigan 4-2 after extra time last night.

The win set up a tie to Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup in April.

Young striker Tom Cannon saw a penalty saved at 2-1 but it didn’t stop Everton going on to grab the win.

And speaking to the club’s official website after the game, manager Paul Tait hailed Cannon’s attitude.

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“Tom’s a goalscorer,” said Tait. “I think you’ve got to be a certain type to keep putting yourself in positions to score.

“He doesn’t hide. That takes a certain type of mental toughness and instinct. 

“I was delighted with him. His all-round game was really good. For five or 10 minutes, he let the penalty miss affect him a little bit. 

“But then, after the half-time break, he was very good. I was really proud of the way the lads showed character and resilience.”

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A goalscorer coming through the ranks is enough to get any fanbase excited.

Everton have Ellis Simms already, who is currently on loan at Blackpool and offering considerable cause for excitement.

There’s certainly a potential spot in the first team squad for a striker, which could potentially save the club millions.

Cannon is a long way off yet but it seems his attitude is spot on.

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