Ever­ton sur­vive Pick­ford howler to snuff out Fleet­wood fight­back

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport / Football - By Richard Tan­ner at High­bury Sta­dium

Carlo Ancelotti warned Jor­dan Pick­ford and his de­fend­ers to “learn a les­son” de­spite Ever­ton con­tin­u­ing their win­ning start to the sea­son.

Pick­ford’s blun­der early in the sec­ond half made their third-round tie at Fleet­wood a more un­com­fort­able night than it needed to be for the Premier League club.

They led com­fort­ably at the break thanks to two well-taken goals from Richarli­son, but Pick­ford pre­sented Mark Duffy with a gift af­ter his pass out was charged down early in the sec­ond pe­riod.

And the Eng­land No1 – whose form has been un­der scru­tiny for sev­eral months now – then failed to keep out Cal­lum Camps’s over­head kick that made it 3-2 de­spite get­ting a hand to the close-range ef­fort.

Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate will have taken note, but Ancelotti re­fused to put all the blame on Pick­ford for the first goal, although he made it clear he does not want to see a re­peat.“I think the first goal was not down to any in­di­vid­ual mis­takes – we passed the ball back to Jor­dan and it was a re­ally dif­fi­cult ball,” he said. “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 have to speak with the play­ers who were in­volved when we were build­ing up. Jor­dan was not the only one [to blame].”

For a while Ever­ton were wob­bling, but in the end goals from Alex Iwobi, Bernard and Moise Kean saw them through to a fourth-round home tie against West Ham United.

Joey Bar­ton, the Fleet­wood man­ager, and an Ever­ton fan, said: “I am de­lighted with the team they put out be­cause it shows Ever­ton are tak­ing the com­pe­ti­tion se­ri­ously. It pays us enor­mous re­spect that they turned up and played in the cor­rect man­ner. At half-time you are chal­leng­ing the boys to give them a game. We started the half cor­rectly and that al­lowed us to get them rat­tled.”

Fleet­wood (3-5-2) Cairns 7; Boyes 6, Stubbs 6 (Duffy h-t), Hill 6; Burns 6, Camps 6, Whe­lan 6, Coutts 6 (Matete 75), An­drew 6; Evans 5 (Saun­ders 75), Mor­ris 6. Subs Leutwiler (g), Garner, Hol­gate, Mor­ris.

Ever­ton (4-2-3-1) Pick­ford 5; Kenny 7, Keane 7, Digne 7, Nk­ounkou 7; Sig­urds­son 7, Delph 7 (Davies 62); Iwobi 8, Bernard 7, Richarli­son 8 (Kean 75); Calvert-Lewin 7 (Gordon h-t). Subs Lossl (g), Wal­cott, Doucoure, Cole­man. Booked Delph.

Ref­eree Jeremy Simp­son (Lan­cashire).

Big mis­take: Ever­ton goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford presents Fleet­wood with their first goal

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