Liverpool news Ancelotti keeps promise without his strongest side and other moments missed MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - We highlight some of the key stats and talking points you may have missed from Everton's win at Wolves
Breaking News ! Ancelotti makes good on his promise A poor performance, in a tight game, at home to West Ham on New Year's Day still warranted a point, according to the Everton manager. The Blues trudged off at Goodison empty handed, however. But it was no big deal for Ancelotti, because he said the team would just have to make up for the 'lost point' at Wolves in the next game. "We are disappointed and frustrated but, honestly, we missed one point from this game and we must try to catch this point in the next game," he said. Easier said than done. Especially when he started without a recognised striker. But the Blues didn't just replace that lost point but picked up another two when Michael Keane thumped a header past Rui Patricio. Read More Related Articles Lucas Digne describes new position and makes Everton vow after return Read More Related Articles Everton to make surgery decision on young striker after training ground injury Everton heading in the right direction Speaking of headers - Everton are really good at them. No team in the Premier League has scored more headed goals this season (nine) than the spring-heeled Blues. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has four, Keane and Yerry Mina have two apiece while Abdoulaye Doucoure nodded one home against Fulham. Nevermind the race for the golden boot, Everton have their own in-house race to be crowned head boy! Road trip Where once an away game filled Evertonians with a foreboding sense of the inevitable, right now they are something to to look forward. The only sour note is that Blues fans can't come along for the ride because Ancelotti's side are becoming road warriors under the Italian. Everton are third in the away form league table with 19 points from nine trips this season. Only 22-point Manchester United and Leicester City have plundered more points away from home. Next up is a trip to Aston Villa on Sunday. Must-read Everton FC news Ancelotti names signing who needs a rest Branthwaite closing in on loan exit Barkley's message to Digne Michael Keane problem What is Everton's strongest XI? It's been that long since Ancelotti was able to select from a fully fit and available squad, that it may be time to reconsider. Everton made a blistering start to the season with, give or take, an XI of: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Allan, Gomes, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
. Yet he's not been able to select that side since....October! And the 2-2 draw in the derby. The closest Ancelotti came was in November, at Fulham, but since then he's chopped and changed his side. On Sunday, the manager will be without Doucoure, Allan and, perhaps, Calvert-Lewin from that list. Far from ideal, but Ancelotti is making it work. It might be time to reassess what Everton's strongest XI is?
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Caution! Doucoure's fifth booking of the league season at Wolves on Tuesday night means he will miss the weekend's trip to Villa. The cut off point for five yellow cards triggering a one match ban is the 19th game (inclusive) of the season. Villa is game No18. and the visit of Leicester is No19. Allan has been sat on four yellow cards since mid-December when he got injured but given he's not expected to be back until the end of the month, he may escape any risk of a ban. Calvert-Lewin, Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate (all on three) are the only other Everton players who may need to watch their step if they play in in both of the next two league matches.
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