Ancelotti refuses to blame Everton star for errors in Carabao Cup win

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti refused to blame goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for the two goals conceded which made their 5-2 Carabao Cup win at League One Fleetwood more difficult than it should have been.

Ancelotti refuses to blame Everton star for errors in Carabao Cup win

Ancelotti refuses to blame Everton star for errors in Carabao Cup win

Pickford’s judgement was at fault for both of the hosts’ goals, first dithering over a clearance which was eventually charged down for Mark Duffy to make it 2-1 and then changing his mind over a cross and failing to keep out Callum Camps’ overhead kick straight at him for 3-2.

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Everton were grateful for the 2-0 lead given to them by goals from Richarlison. Alex Iwobi, Bernard and Moise Kean eventually netted to secure a fourth-round home tie with West Ham.

“I think the first goal it was not any individual mistakes. We passed the ball back to Jordan and it was a really difficult ball,” said the Italian.

“We could have behaved differently, so we didn’t do that well. Of course you have to improve there.

“You want to build up from the back but when there is not risk. If it is risky it is not good, we can concede a goal like we did tonight and it is a good lesson for the future.

“I didn’t speak to him (Pickford). I have to speak with the players that were involved when we were building up. He was not the only one, Jordan.”

 

Mixed emotions for boyhood Evertonian Barton Boyhood Evertonian and Fleetwood boss Joey Barton had mixed emotions as he was pleased his side made a game of it but accepted there was a huge gulf in class that they were always struggling to bridge.

“We had a 18-year-old, a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old at centre-back. We never had any ball but we knew that would be the case,” he said.

“We then gave them a goal and they got the second goal. We adjusted at half-time, brought Duffy on and then we got a gift by closing the keeper down.

“Then we shoot ourselves in the foot by conceding in a few minutes and then we got back into it again. But they have the quality to pick you off on the counter.

“I am pleased we made it into a cup tie. Because at half-time it looked like being a long 45 minutes.”

 

READ MORE: Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly interested in bringing in Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo on loan to bolster his defensive options.

 

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