Ancelotti reveals key message to Everton players after costly Pickford error

Date published: Thursday 28th January 2021 8:22 - Jonny Whitfield

Carlo Ancelotti Everton

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti refused to blame goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for the error which cost his side three points in Wednesday’s draw with Leicester.

The England international‘s mistake allowed Youri Tielemans to equalise after James Rodriguez’s first-half strike.

Tielemans’ strike from the edge of the area travelled through a number of bodies. However, when it came into Pickford’s view, the Toffees stopper’s save did not prove enough to keep the ball out.

Speaking after the game, Ancelotti also revealed details of the debriefing with his players after the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

“The goal I think it was difficult because the view of Jordan was not so good because there were a lot of legs there so he had difficulties to catch that ball and unfortunately they scored,” the Italian said.

“I spoke with the players saying that the point is good if we are able to win on Saturday so we are focused on Saturday but I didn’t speak with him [Pickford] directly and I am not going to speak with him. There is no reason.”

Ancelotti felt with the draw, especially after his side gave up huge amounts of possession in the second half. What’s more, they were under pressure for most of the final period.

Despite a failure to win costing their ascent into the top four, Ancelotti remained upbeat.

James Maddison, Jordan Pickford

Indeed, they have two matches in hand – including against Manchester City – on most of their rivals.

Ancelotti stressed that he felt the result was “fair”.

Ancelotti happy with Everton draw

“I think the result is fair and when the result is fair we have to be happy,” he added.

“My team competed, we were able to score a fantastic goal with James and then we needed to defend.

“Leicester are a good team with the ball but we defended quite well. After they equalised we had opportunities to win but honestly I think the result is fair.”

Everton return to action on Sunday when they play Newcastle at Goodison Park on Saturday.

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